Salad is for Christmas, not just for life…
Christmas is a time of wonderful indulgence for foodies the world over. Time to relax and enjoy the best of the season with friends and family. And many of us allow ourselves a little more latitude than we normally do, mince pies and Baileys for breakfast anyone?!
But there comes a point, maybe sometime around 27th December, where you just can’t face another bacon wrapped sausage and the lure of the cheeseboard has ceased to be as tempting as it once was. Time to break out the green stuff, which is easier to incorporate into seasonal eating than it seems.
We Brits get through xxx heads of iceberg lettuce a year and it’s not surprising as they’re so versatile. Probably the most traditional festive use for the mighty iceberg is in the classic prawn cocktail. Which after all, is a classic for good reason. Made properly, it’s a taste and texture sensation. As Nigella Lawson says, ‘While it’s most obviously a starter it also works just as well (if not better) as a main course served with good, crusty white bread.’
When the cheeseboard has got a little tired, tear up a head of cos lettuce, halve your leftover grapes, slice up your celery, crack those remaining walnuts and make a blue cheese dressing with the stilton (combining it with a little mayo and/or sour cream, lemon juice and seasoning). Tada! The cheeseboard has a whole new fresh, punchy lease of life.
Little Gem, Cos, Romaine
Use any crunchy leaves you have in the fridge to transform your turkey leftovers into a sandwich to be proud of. Say no to turkey curry and yes to turkey and mozzarella Christmas sandwich loaf, layered with cranberry sauce for the seasonal twist.
Pomegranates, pears and pecans. All the P’s added to a handful of baby spinach make a palate reviving salad that packs a punch. Serve with leftover cold meats, blue cheese or straight up for a nutritious break within the Christmas period.
Rocket is a marvel leaf. It perks up a pizza, adds interest to a burger and brings a fresh, peppery flavour to anything you serve it with. Try it in a sandwich. Whether you’re using up the last of the cheddar or sneaking a slice of the boxing day ham.
In short, pop a head of lettuce and a bag of leaves into your Christmas shopping trolley. You can thank us later! Happy Christmas to you.
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