It’s such a pleasure rising early of late. Not that it had been too much of a chore, but being gently roused by sunshine streaming in your window is so much more agreeable than the klaxon call of the alarm clock jolting you into reality. The whole natural world is so industrious at that hour, making the morning seem ancient before I even place a foot on the bedroom floor. Birds chirp louder now, colours seem more vivid. The fresh morning air makes everything clean and new. There’s so much promise before 6am and while the rest of the world sleeps, I feel like I have the place all to myself. I like that.
These cold, sunny mornings are my absolute favourite; feeling the crisp air rush across my skin and the warmth of the sun on my face. It feels healthier somehow. With that comes the desire to be outside, to be sociable, and to nourish my body with lighter, healthier foods. As I explained in my last post, I have worked hard to overcome my issues with food and I’m happy to say, I now (possibly!) eat enough to constitute an entire salad… Put a notice in the paper! Hallelujah!
This has all been made a lot easier because the word “salad” is now used for all kinds of things. Yes you can throw in some chickpeas. Why wouldn’t you include a little rice? Want to banish that limp lettuce? No problem! I might have to draw the line at chocolate chips… Just about. Also, when you come across cute little jars with layered ingredients all the colours of the rainbow, you can bet your life I’m all over that!
Layered Salad with Greek Yoghurt Dressing
This idea is perfect for lunch on the go. You can be as creative as you like but keeping the dressing on the bottom, and things like leaves on the top, will mean your salad is fresh when you come to eat it later in the day. Turn it out into a bowl or eat it with a latte spoon straight from the jar.
What You Need:
For the dressing:
½ cup Greek Yoghurt
2 tsp red wine vinegar
Juice & zest of half a lemon
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove of garlic, minced
Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Good grinding of black pepper
Small pinch of sea salt
Place all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until combined. Alternatively you can use a food processor on pulse.
For the salad:
- The first thing to go into your jar is the dressing. This will keep everything else from getting soggy.
- Next comes the bigger items (perhaps proteins); the ones that won’t get soggy if they’re in contact with the dressing – so your meat, or in this case, chickpeas.
- Third layer is vegetables – sliced, diced, spiralised. Chop them how you like them and go to town on it. There are no rules – beetroot, avocado, courgette, radish, onions of all shapes and sizes, peppers… The ideas are endless!
- Now that you’re getting to the top of the jar, you can think about the things you want to stay crispy – leaves, alfalfa sprouts etc.
The bigger the container, the bigger the options. Here I’ve used a very small jar but even then, you can fit quite a lot in.