Saturday 20 December 2014

My Favourite Side Salad

This has been my favourite side salad for years.  It has a great mix of flavours that I love, I don't end up picking out anything, and it is enjoyable to eat.  It goes with pretty much anything - steak, chicken, fish, skewers, burgers, small serves of pasta or rice dishes - you name it.  Plus you can always pre chop the veggies at the beginning of the week and throw it together each night with minimal fuss. Salty, peppery sweetness.  Yum.


  • Baby cos lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 small red capsicum, diced
  • 2 rings of red onion, rings separated and chopped
  • feta to taste, diced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 2 tsp baby capers, drained of brine
  • Low fat French dressing, to taste
Serves 2.  Double for 4.

Potential Spins

The main spins I use with this salad are adding perino/cherry/grape tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes, and/or adding pitted kalamata olives.  Changing up the dressing will spin it any which way as well.  Balsamic vinegar would go nicely too. My usual go-to dressing if I am not using low fat French is a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil.  If you included more lettuce and added spinach and a can of drained tuna, this would take it from a side to a meal.   With balsamic vinegar, this salad is a tasty lunch for work.


  1. Dice everything
  2. Throw it together
    Undressed version - gasp! Its naked!
  3. Dress and enjoy :)

My Take Aways

I'm not really sure what I can add here, but I like it and will continue making it for years to come :)

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