Do you ever have those moments when you’re looking at Facebook or Instagram and it seems like everyone else is eating magical fairy dust power-food salads for lunch every day and you’re lucky if you can whack a piece of ham on a stale slice of bread? You’re so not alone. Half the trouble with making a salad every day is that our expectations are set way too high. No one needs organic swamp-grown alfalfa sprouts in their salad – the ones from the supermarket or fresh food markets are totally fine. Another issue with making salads is choice paralysis. There are just too many damn salad items and it gets so confusing.
Here’s a very basic salad recipe I use often when I couldn’t be bothered using brain cells to make my lunch. It’s simple, you can get the ingredients at almost any supermarket so it’s perfect for travelling and work lunches if you need something quick and healthy on the go.
Two-minute power salad
- 2 cups microwave brown basmati rice or microwave quinoa
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
- 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 small cucumber, diced
- 1 small can corn kernels, drained
- ½ avocado, chopped
- 2 tsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 cup deli-style shredded cooked chicken breast (optional)
- 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
- 1 tsp dried dill
- Pop your packet of quinoa or rice in the microwave for however long it says to on the packet.
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
- Stir dried dill into yoghurt and serve on salad.
- You can add chicken or other protein such as tofu or beef if you like, but this salad pretty filling even without added protein.
- If you keep the avocado, chicken and dressing separate, you can make this the night before, grab it when you’re on the way out the door and assemble it at lunch time for extra freshness.
Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle.com which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. She's the co-founder of of blog school Little Blog Big and co-host of podcasts Straight & Curly (for life improvement junkies) and Sweet Teen Club (for those of us who can't leave the '90s behind). Hoop earrings are totally her thing, Benedict Cumberbatch is her Beyoncé and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.