Hi again! So here we are. I went to Pizza Express with a friend about 3 weeks ago, and I ordered a salad. This is very out of character. I'm not a salad lover (there's a reason I'm overweight and its not because I love lettuce), so its not something I usually order, but, I'd had a big lunch, and I wanted something light (I also didn't have many points left over).
The salad I ordered was a Superfood Salad, it had lentils and pine nuts and was all kinds of delicious. I ordered mine with chicken (which was an optional extra), and I was STUFFED. I don't actually think I finished it.
As usual, there were a few tweaks that I felt could be made (purely due to personal preference), so I decided to make it myself. I had it a few times when I was off, and it was just as nice as in the restaurant.
- baby spinach
- chopped / torn lettuce (which ever type you prefer - I like iceberg and little gem - crunchy!)
- 10g pine nuts
- 1/2 avocado
- beetroot sliced / diced
- 1/2 red onion
- 100g cooked chicken breast
- Half fat mozzarella (if you can find it) 40g
- Pizza Express House Light dressing (can be bought in the supermarket) 30g
So there is no method to this really. I put the spinach, lettuce, cucumber and onion in a bowl to mix well. The Pizza Express version didn't have enough onion for me, or enough beetroot, so feel free to add as much or as little as you want. Then, tip the contents of the bowl onto a large plate. Then you just add the other ingredients, trying to layer or scatter them evenly on the plate. I sliced the avocado into long thin strips, and tore off pieces of the mozzarella and dotted them on the plate.
If you can't get the Pizza Express salad dressing, I think anything garlic and herb based would work instead.
So, whether you like salads or not, I urge you to try and make this, it doesn't take much time, and its delicious and really filling. I'm yet to try making it to bring to work as lunch - I find salads can go soggy if made too far in advance - so if you have any tips on how to keep it crunchy I'm all ears!