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.