My new favourite salad! Nutritious and delicious!

 In Food, Fresh ideas for entertaining and recipe modification

Do you ever discover a recipe and all of a sudden become obsessed with it? I know I do!

This dietitian’s new favourite salad is a baby spinach, potato and avocado one, that during the warm summer months I have found goes so well with many different dishes including lots of yummy bbqs.

So over Christmas I was flicking through one of the Woolworth’s Fresh Magazines which was sitting on my dad’s coffee table, looking for inspiration for a new salad. The one that caught my eye was called Potato, Avocado and Spinach Salad

Wow, YUMMMMM! I loved the combination of salad ingredients and also the use of apple cider vinegar in the dressing. However I did think it was a little ‘potato heavy’ and so over a couple of attempts I have added my own touch to the salad and now my hubby asks for it a number of times a week.

As you can see, mine looks a little different but still has the basics from the original recipe – just a few more bells and whistles!

So here are my ingredients:

  • Nutted Out Nutrition - my salad

    My version of Potato, Baby Spinach and Avocado Salad

    Baby spinach

  • Cucumber
  • Potato
  • Avocado
  • Spring onions
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Dijonniase
  • Honey

So many great nutrients in here as well! And even though it has a small amount of potato in it, serving it with source of protein will help lower the GI of the meal in total. So still a healthy choice!

So how did I change it? Well firstly I bulked up the colourful vegetables- loads more spinach, added tomatoes and celery and reduced the amount of potato – 1 med/large potato between two people (not that potato is evil but this way you can have this as your salad, rather than needing another salad to bulk up the colourful vegetables). I also dont worry too much about herbs if I dont have them in my kitchen (the herbs are great but I find it is tasty even without them).

I also reduced the amount of dressing- nothing wrong with the dressing ingredients but just to keep it a light salad I found reducing the dressing a bit helped to do this (I pretty much just use 1 tsp of each of the dressing ingredients for 2-3 people – I just toss the dressing really well through the salad).

I hope this shows you that if you are looking for inspiration then looking for recipes is a great idea, but you don’t always have to keep the recipe the same – you can experiment. Add vegies, change the dressing slightly etc!

We love inspiring people to get back in the kitchen and cook- this salad takes about 15 minutes to prepare which is no time at all. And best of all while I am doing the salad, hubby is cooking some nice meat or fish on the barbeque! Such a fresh and delicious meal!

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