Salads are often dismissed as boring and without substance, or ridiculously over-priced in restaurants or high street outlets.
But they need not be either.
Here is your comprehensive guide to making consistently impressive and appealing salads.
If you are making a salad as a portable lunch or dinner, we recommend investing in a mason jar - or just re-using a 500ml jar from your kitchen cupboards - to keep your meal clean and fresh. Plus, salads look super fancy when simply layered - all the more reason to dig in!
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Starchy carbs The starchy carb layer will provide you with a healthy hit of long-lasting energy. Aim for a quarter of your salad.
Protein The protein layer will leave you feeling full and nourished. Aim for a quarter of your salad. (These are vegan options but of course if you eat meat and/or dairy, they can provide your protein instead.)