Saturday, 25 July 2015

#SaladSecrets - Picnic Time + GIVEAWAY - win £50 of Iceland vouchers - NOW CLOSED

I love a picnic, eating outside is such a rare event in the UK that every opportunity to do so has to be taken. Even if its just a Pret sandwich eaten on a bench on your lunchbreak - al fresco food just tastes better.

This month, Florette challenged its bloggers to come up with some picnic creations using salad in a creative way. I received a huge food delivery from Iceland to help out with creating some picnic ideas - turns out that Iceland doesn't just do frozen food but stock fresh salad ingredients and store cupboard essentials too - my tiny kitchen has never been so well-stocked!

While I didn't eat any of my creations outside they're all picnic portable and I've given some tips for this on each recipe. Recipe may be the wrong word - these ideas are so quick and simple but recipe sounds better than "just thrown together ingredients" so I'll use that although don't worry too much about the quantities in these - nothing can really go wrong!

1. Salmon salad with tomato salsa


I used Florette crispy leaves as a bed for cooked flaked salmon - revelation that salmon fillets can be cooked in the microwave in only three minutes! While the salmon was cooking I made a quick tomato salsa by chopping up tomatoes and rocket and adding a generous squeeze of lime. Dinner in 10 minutes - done.

Picnic portable: pack the cooked and cooled flaked salmon and salsa separately in Tuppawear. Once picnic location is found, grab a paper plate and arrange the salad leaves, salmon and salsa on the plate before tucking in.

2. Green eggs and salmon



I put a pack of Florette rocket, 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites into my NutriBullet and blended (whole eggs could also be used too for a richer dish). The green egg mixture was then scrambled in a pan with the cooked flaked salmon added at the last minute. Served with a side of Florette seasonal baby leaves for a high protein and low carb dinner. Not quite green eggs and ham but Dr Sesuss would still approve I think.

Picnic portable: cook the egg and salmon as a frittata rather than a scramble. Then simply leave to cool and cut into slices before packing for the picnic.

3. Blueberry secret salad slushies 



I froze the blueberries and added them to my NutriBullet with a pack of Florette seasonal baby leaves, a tablespoon of cacao nibs, a splash of almond milk and a scoop of protein powder. After a quick blend this made the perfect dessert - you'd never know by the colour or taste that it contained salad! Any milk or protein powder would work but using almond milk and a vegan protein powder makes it dairy free even though its still super creamy.

Picnic portable: pack in a Thermos flask or freeze in lolly moulds for smoothie popsicles.

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Thanks to Florette and Iceland for my very generous delivery.

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104 comments

  1. Little sausages & slices of Quiche & Pizza

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  2. I love scotch eggs, with salad and salad cream.

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  3. Pork pies,Scotch eggs,mini quiches and lots of salad!

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  4. Mini sausage rolls using a recipe from my mom

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  5. I love mashed egg and mayonnaise sandwiches

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  6. cheese and celery sandwiches, and pork pies

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  7. Scotch eggs, chicken legs and crisps.

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  8. I love fresh cut, raw veggies, yum!

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  9. Egg and mayonnaise sandwiches :) yum

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  10. Egg sandwiches and wotsits :)

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  11. My favourite picnic food has to be slightly squashed sandwiches and warm orange squash- blast from the past! My more grownup self loves a good "chuck everything in" salad bowl!

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  12. I love the look of the green egg salad - I'm going to have to give it a go!

    I'd say my favourite picnic food is definitely homemade crustless quiche - so yummy and with juicy tomatoes from the farmers market on the side, it tastes just like home!

    - Elodie x
    www.elle-yeah.com

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  13. Chicken and pork mixed salad. :)

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  14. I love sandwiches because so many varieties. and I love fruits like watermelon and Satsuma. they are refreshing!

    following on twitter as @hackettlady
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    Thank you.

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  15. I LOVE salads and this is the perfect time of year to pack up a picnic blanket and the hamper and head outside to the park. You're right - eating al fresco makes meals taste so much better!
    My must-pack item for a picnic is strawberries. To me, they sum up the summer!

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  16. Love quiche, coleslaw, pork pies, scotch eggs, some salad and a bottle of wine - Joanne Beale

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  17. love quiches. ...just love anything that has cheese in it ...totally addicted to cheese haha. quiche with some crispy salad with lots of shredded carrot...another one of my favs. ...and some fresh strawberries...yum! theresaparker

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  18. Quiche, grapes, pasta salad, melon.

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  19. Sausage rolls, pork & apple pies, and mini quiches.

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  20. cheese and cucumber sandwiches

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  21. I like scotch eggs and quiche washed down with tea.

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  22. You can't beat a variety of sandwiches

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  23. I love to have chopped up cucumber, strips of grilled chicken & a bottle of wine ;)

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  24. I love scotch eggs with salad cream

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  25. i love a nice egg and cress sandwich x

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  26. My favourite picnic food is little baby pizzas and cheese and pickle sandwiches.

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  27. A nice pork pie and some apple sauce.

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  28. hard boiled eggs & pasties

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  29. Mr Kipling French Fancies, Sausage Rolls and Ginsters Pasties!

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  30. I love a good salad, espeically if it contains spicy chicken! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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  31. tuna and sweetcorn sandwiches and fresh fruit

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  32. Keep it simple with some sandwiches and cakes

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  33. i love crusty baguette, cheese and pickle

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  34. pork pies, scotch eggs and mini sausage rolls!

    carlahollands@hotmail.com

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  35. Scotch eggs because I only ever seem to buy them when there is a picnic so they are definitely treats :-)

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  36. love sausage rolls and cucumber sandwiches

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  37. My favourite picnic food has got to be some kind of sandwich, or baguette. Maybe egg mayo. Yum! xx

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  38. I love mini pork pies, they are so unhealthy but I always add them to a picnic as it's a treat
    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  39. I love mini scotch eggs and cherry tomatoes

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  40. Mini quiches and cherry tomatoes

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  41. Always take a couple of tins of fruit. when opened they are just as nutritious , also in case anything happens to the fresh stuff.

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  42. I love mild cheese sandwiches I sometimes put some crisps in too ;)

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  43. Comment and let me know your favourite picnic foods! . . .. finger foods including sausage rolls, sandwiches, pork pies

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  44. Grated cheese and pickle sandwiches

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  45. Sandwiches and scotch eggs!... not together in the sandwich.. seperate, ha ha.

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  46. I love mini pork pies at picnics!

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  47. Mmm love the egg meal! Can't beat eggs for a quick easy meal. I'm a big fan of salads in general - and salmon is a great addition!
    My favourite picnic item is chopped watermelon. So refreshing :-)

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  48. I love cocktail sausages and cheese and pineapple on sticks

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  49. I love jam sandwiches for a picnic.

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  50. Egg sandwiches as it reminds me of when I was younger and that's what we used to take to our local park (which is still there). Oh and crisps. :) :D

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  51. egg and cress sandwiches! and a box or 2 of french fancies :)

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  52. I love fresh French stick & local cheeses

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  53. Roast chicken, mayo and salad sandwiches

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  54. Chicken and bacon Mayo on onion bread with a long glass of something naughty but nice.Thanks for running the comp

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  55. Cold cocktail sausages, quiche, and if I am not driving - Pimm's

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  56. Quorn slices and balls

    Trevor Linvell

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  57. Pork Pies and Mini Sausage Rolls :-)

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  58. It has to be hard boiled eggs and cold chicken drumsticks - takes me back to my childhood :-) xx

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  59. Hi Lily - I like pork pies and hard-boiled eggs. Ideally followed by an ice-cream but that's not always possible:) Thanks for great Blog. xxx

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  60. slices of cucumber and cheese.

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  61. Lots of different salads and cheese & pepper sandwiches

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  62. Mini pork pies and cheese sarnies

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  63. I've fallen in love with Higgedy quiches, and have always had Melton Mowbray mini pork pies as the ultimate picnic food.

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  64. Water Biscuits with Brie & Grapes!

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  65. Mini quiches & chicken drumsticks
    Sheila Reeves @cakereev

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  66. I love egg mayo sarnies on chunky brown bread

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  67. Tuna and sweet corn rolls, watermelon and grapes

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  68. Homemade sausage rolls. I like to add caramelised onions & apple sauce to the meat before cooking. Lovely!

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  69. I love different cheeses, crackers, pickles & homemade beetroot relish Yummy.

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  70. I make mini pizzas using pitta breads, take sausage rolls and cocktail sausages and make some muffins and biscuits for afterwards :-) Love picnics!

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  71. I love cocktail sausages!

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  72. Cold chicken, crunchy baguette and my favourite rice, cheese & apple salad!

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  73. Scotch eggs (kids love them too) :-)

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