Low-Cal Side Salad and French Dressing

Low-Cal Side Salad and French Dressing

Type: Side | Suitable For: Gluten freeLow calorieLow carbVegetarian

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The Perfect Low-Calorie, Nutrient-Dense Salad

We're sure you all know how to rustle up a simple salad. Fresh lettuce (or for convenience, a bag of leaves), finely sliced red onion, possibly red pepper, juicy tomatoes... the list goes on. Well here's a tip - try putting in chunks of watermelon... Trust us! They add a juicy sweetness to any salad (think cucumber turned up to 11!) and make every mouthful joyously refreshing. It's pretty much the perfect summer salad 

As an all-purpose salad, there is little that can't be paired with this salad - meats, fish, hams, halloumi, roasted veggies... the list goes on. As such, we have dressed it in a classic French dressing. The basic rule for a French dressing is 1 part mustard, 1 part vinegar and 3 parts oil. Season and add any herbs you like. Though high in fat, this can be made with olive or avocado oil, so you know it's healthy fat you are having. It's also worth noting that a little goes a long way - When using an oily dressing, it is there to lightly coat the leaves in your salad, not drown them! If looking for a fat-free dressing, the one we use on our fennel and orange salad would work equally well here.

Healthy Salad

Low-Cal Salad Dressing Alternatives

This salad also works especially well alongside oriental dishes. If you were thinking of pairing it with our hoisin duck wrap (for example), we would recommend the same salad, but dressed with soy, lime, a pinch of sweetener, chilli and a little sesame oil. 

However you dress it, this is a salad you will come back to again and again.