Let’s kick things off in style, with a post on “Lucy Salads”, as they are known in my family.
A “Lucy Salad” is, in a word, enormous. For all those people who think a salad can’t be a meal, I say you’re being too shy with your portion size. If you put the right things in a salad, then there is no reason to hold back.
First things first, select the right bowl. For a “Lucy Salad” I like to use the mixing bowl my mother got me for cake making (how ironic). If you don’t have something like that, just raid your kitchen for anything supersize – even if it’s just a large pot! Next area of focus is the leaves. This is where I really bulk up. There is not only nothing bad about leaves, but some lettuces are actively good for you. No ice-berg here please – Kale, Spinach, Watercress and Rocket are my favourites. For websites explaining a little more of their nutritional value see the bottom of this post.
Fill your bowl 3/4 full of leaves.
Next is the toppings: again don’t be shy. Here is an example of my basic quantities:
A third of a cucumber.
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
2 stalks of celery
Half a pepper
1 small onion
If you don’t like any of the above, leave them out or replace them. Include carrot or courgette. Throw in some peas or raw mushroom? After putting in the salad basics, I select 2 luxury items – the extra-tasty, pretty looking ingredients that go right at the top of the salad mountain. My rule is generally to only allow one fatty topping at most. Here are some suggestions:
- avocado and chick-peas
- turkey breast and pear
- tuna and pomegranate seeds
- chicken and goats cheese
The icing on the metaphorical cake (un-cake) is to chop up heaps of herbs (basil, coriander, mint) to coat the top of the salad. Then sprinkle a few raisins on top and pour olive oil and balsamic over the top. Don’t skimp on the olive oil. It may be oil and seem calorific, but it is God’s gift to us!! I am part Greek and have been brought up on the stuff. It is so good for you. More on that another day though.
If anybody attempts a “Lucy Salad”, please take a picture and post it for me to see!