Yes, I know – back to work!!!! Get your groove back on with my easy,scrumptious, flavoursome Lunchbox Salad.’ It’s full of the best proteins and gets your fuelled up after the long weekend! Enjoy!
I’m a big believer in healthy mind, healthy body, healthy happy life – everything is interconnected. So this week, I made a pretty serious intention to the universe to keep all the stars aligned and focus on bringing good vibes everywhere I go.
This, of course, means altruistic cooking and nothing makes me feel better than a fabulous mid week salad that I can pack into my lunchbox during a hectic week at work. This recipe was particularly successful as it was layers of fresh, crunchy and peppery ingredients, creamy avocado – my favourite in salads and I went all out by adding more flavour with some handmade smoked sausage and protein packed lentils…This definitely made waves at work, so don’t cop out on a lousy sandwich for lunch…whip this up for a healthy mid week lunch to keep you fuelled up and performing at your best!
Generously Serves 2
For the dressing:
4 large tbls yoghurt
½ tsp minced garlic
1 bunch dill finely chopped
2 tbs olive oil
Heat a pan with ½ tbs olive oil and fry the sausages on a low heat for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Slice thinly as shown. Keep the pan aside to use later
Fill a pot ¼ way up with water and set to boil. Place a colander in the pot and toss in the French beans and the snow peas into the colander, creating a steamer situation. Cover with a light lid and steam for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the snow peas and the French beans, draining any water and toss in ½ tbs olive oil, salt and black pepper and set aside.
In the same pan that you used for the sausages, heat the remaining ½ tbs oil and toss in the puy lentils, frying very gently on a low heat. Add black pepper and salt for seasoning along with the oregano. Cook gently, trying not to mush the lentils and take off the heat after 3-4 minutes of frying. Set aside.
Next, prepare your dressing. Simply pop all the ingredients into a jam jar and shake it all about and it’s ready!
Start to assemble your salad. Break up your freshly washed iceberg into large chunks. Use a melon- baller to scoop out little balls of avocado as shown and scatter generously over the iceberg. Next, layer with your seasoned snow peas and French beans. Finish with a generous helping of lentils. Add the sausages as a final addition.
If you are going to serve this on a platter, then drizzle over the dressing or if you are planning to pack this for a work lunch, pop your dressing into a little container to pour over just before serving.
Have some freshly squeezed, chilled orange juice with this to boost your Vitamin C and finish off with some freshly chopped crisp watermelon for dessert. You are going to be so good to go with this healthy and super satisfying light lunch!!