Chew away the blues salad

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.

superfoods raw rocket and beetroot and cheese saladIn addition to lots of juice and curry, I’m going raw. Tonight we’ll be tucking into a salad packed with vitamin C and so-called superfoods.

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.

rocket beetroot raw saladJoining with Honest Mum’s #TastyTuesday. Joining too with a Mummytoo’s #RecipeoftheWeek.

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About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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8 Responses to Chew away the blues salad

  1. Mel says:

    Salad + goat’s cheese = my idea of heaven on a plate! I have never liked beetroot, but my pregnant self sort of craves it at the moment (my head is still telling me I do not like it!)… I will be trying! Mel #TastyTuesdays

    • Thanks Mel, loving the look of your web site, and the apple cake is scrummy! I am told there is also a great recipe for beetroot chocolate gluten free cake, a friend of mine made and I am going to ask her to find it for me!

  2. Ellen says:

    This looks lovely! I love a good salad & the colours in this are very mouthwatering! #TastyTuesday

  3. What a yummy way to eat well – my leaf of choice is rocket, and I like the sweetness of the other ingredients here, I’ll definitely be trying this – ill or not!
    Popping over from #recipeoftheweek @ #tastytuesdays

  4. Honest Mum says:

    Incredibly beautiful and nutritious salad, will be making this, this weekend! Thanks as always for linking up to #tastytuesdays, I adore your recipes!

  5. That is BEAUTIFUL. And just what I need right now. I’m sitting shivering in a blanket with yet another rotten cold.

    Sorry I’m popping over later than usual from #recipeoftheweek – Linky Tools went down! Thanks for linking up. I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and a fresh linky is open over on the blog x

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