Despite still craving chocolate pudding on a daily basis and longing to buy a bag of hot chips and dip them in gravy, I’ve been relishing eating healthier foods. I’m a sucker for a good salad. Not the boring garden variety, I’m talking ones with a bit of grunt, ones that easily stand alone as a meal. I’ve also found the fresher the foods I eat, the less I crave meat. I’m not sure why this is the case, but I’m more inclined to search out the veggie option. I’d rather have one amazing steak from a premium butcher, once every couple of weeks and savour it.
When I eat a big carb laden, fatty meal now (which hasn’t been often) I feel bloated and unsatisfied. So, instead, I’ve been seeking out great salad recipes. I like to eat fresh. Here’s one of my new favourites:
Roast Beetroot, Preserved Lemon Labneh and Green Leaves Salad
Roast a bunch of beetroot (no need to peel, just cut in cubes), drizzled with olive oil, a sprinkling of sea salt, ground pepper and fresh herbs (like marjoram and thyme) in the oven at about 180 degrees for around 40minutes.
Once cooled, add the beetroot to a bowl of rocket or kale or spinach or a mix of all three. Squeeze some lemon on it and add a palm full of labneh (we buy some that’s in a container with preserved lemon oil). Add some of the labneh’s preserving oil as the dressing.
Throw on a small handful of roasted almonds or other nuts. Then mix. There should be enough for a couple of people.
When eating it you must make sounds like mmmmm and aaaaaahhh and oooooohhh yum.
I love this salad. Just don’t be alarmed if your wee goes a shade of pink or your poo looks red. Beetroot is good shit!
Have you got any other great salad recipes for me? I’m on the lookout for some new ones.