Chew away the Winter blues with this immune boosting salad
Bad timing. Half term and I’ve hit the decks with a bug. So it’s time to think of something quick, easy and which will hopefully boost the immune system.
As a very rough rule of thumb, the more colourful the salad, the higher the superfood content (Taste the Rainbow, as they say…and that doesn’t mean opening a packet of Skittles).
To make the Chew away the blues salad, you will need
- Half cup of dates
- Two sweet juicy oranges
- Bag of rocket salad
- 2 pre-cooked beetroot
- 150 gr soft goats cheese
- 2 large carrots
For the balsamic vinegar dressing, I’ve shamelessly borrowed a recipe from Jamie Oliver. You’ll need
- 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Making the Chew away the blues salad is very simple, and takes less than 10 minutes. The most fiddlesome bit is peeling and depithing the orange, but it is largely a question of aesthetics.
- First peel the orange, remove the pith and cut into segments. (Chop off the ends, then use a sharp knife to do this. Don’t be afraid to “lose” a bit of the orange if you’re going for looks).
- Top and tail the carrot, remove skin and then peel into strips or use a mandoline.
- Cut beetroot into small pieces.
- Make sure stones are removed from dates and cut in half.
- Cut cheese into small pieces.
- Place a bed of rocket on the plate and arrange other ingredients on top.
To make the balsamic vinegar dressing, simply combine the ingredients in a clean jam jar and shake.
Dressed, I reckon this salad would make a good dinner party starter. (Why not try upping the cheese quantities or adding some prosciutto?). However, we’ll be using it to accompany some grilled marinated chicken. Simple, healthy and very effective.