Step aside dull dressings - mustard, dukkkah, goji seed mix, dried strawberries and balsamic vinegar to get creative with. Seeds are a great way to add crunch, texture and healthy fats to a salad - dressings don't just have to be poured on, think about adding crushed nuts, spices and dried fruit to mix things up.
Middle-Eastern Inspired Feta Salad
Perfect for a main meal (toasted pitta bread would be great on the side to make it more filling) - this salad is full of flavour and takes five minutes to throw together. I was inspired by the dukkah mix to make something middle-eastern inspired and the deli aisle at Waitrose had all the ingredients I needed. You could roast your own veg but when there's a holiday to pack for...cheat!
For the salad:
Half a bag of Florette Peppery Crispy per person
Handful of mini olives
Roasted vegetables (I used a pre-bought mix of peppers, courgette and artichoke and used half the pack but any roasted veg would work)
Handful of sun-dried tomatoes
Half a pack of feta cheese
For the dressing:
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon dukkah spice mix
Just combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl, crumbling the feta over the top. Mix the mustard and the balsamic vinegar in a small bowl (I like mine very mustard-y but play around with the quantities depending on your own tastes), pour over and sprinkle with the dukkah mix.
Late Summer Strawberry Salad
The second salad is a quick and easy side dish. Full of flavour and goodness - and only one fresh ingredient so perfect for whipping up last minute! As summer ends, dried strawberries are a great alternative to fresh ones and are chewier so add more texture to a salad. I love eating fresh strawberries on their own with balsamic vinegar and the dried ones work just as well.
1 pack Florette Baby Kale (enough to serve four as a side)
Handful of dried strawberries
1 tablespoon goji berry and seed mix
Throw the kale into a hot pan and wilt for one minute to make the leaves softer. You can also "massage" kale but that sounds a lot more time consuming. Sprinkle over the dried strawberries and seed mix and dress with balsamic. A perfect side for serving with pasta as part of a super-quick and easy dinner.
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What's your favourite way to dress a salad?