I made this salad as the starter for my valentine’s meal for two, as we decided to stay in rather than go out for a meal. This salad would easily work as a side dish.
Ingredients: Serves 2 people and it is 2½ of your 5 a day per person
2 x handfuls of baby spinach roughly chopped
2 x blood orange peeled and cut into segments
2 inch of cucumber cut down the middle lengthways with the middle removed then sliced width ways
100g salt free sweetcorn
2 x spring onion sliced diagonally
¼ wedge lime juiced
The rest of any juice from the blood orange
½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Pinch cracked black pepper
Pinch chilli flakes
Pinch of fresh thyme stripped
1 Place all the baby spinach, cucumber, blood orange, sweetcorn and spring onion in a salad bowl.
2 Put all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and with the lid on give it a good shake or in a small jug and mix it all together.
3 Then pour the dressing in to the bowl all over the salad. Toss the salad in the dressing, then serve on to small plates and enjoy.
Tip. If making this salad ahead of time add the dressing when you are ready to serve.
Always serve salad at room temperature.
Blood orange has the benefits from an orange plus the anthocyanin anti-oxidant found in berries from the red colour pigment. They are high in vitamin-A, vitamin-C, potassium, dietary fibre, calcium, niacin and folate.
Cucumber have mild diuretic properties, helps keep your weight in check and blood pressure. They are a good source of potassium, B-carotene, a-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin- A and vitamin-K.
Sweetcorn is high in dietary fibre, B-complex vitamins, copper, manganese, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Spring onions (Scallions) carry more anti-oxidants and dietary fibre than onions and shallots; they have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. They help lower your blood pressure and protect against heart disease and strokes. They also contain vitamin-C, vitamin-K, B-complex vitamins and folic acid.