5 Tips to make a top class salad

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  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • ⅓ cup cucumber, sliced
  • ⅓ cup carrot, shredded
  • ⅓ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 3oz sliced baked or grilled chicken, tofu, salmon or 1 hard-boiled egg
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp basil leaves, chopped
  • ⅓ cup baked chickpeas


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Put all your mixed greens and spinach in a large bowl.
  2. Add in the cucumbers, carrots, bell pepper and tomatoes.
  3. Put in the protein of your choice.
  4. Top with the tasty toppings, which are your pumpkin seeds, basil leaves and chickpeas.
  5. In a separate bowl, place all dressing ingredients and whisk until combined.
  6. Toss all salad ingredients in a medium bowl.
  7. Dress and plate your salad.*

*If this is your dinner, you can add a multigrain roll on the side for a more filling dinner.

Tip: When you are making your salad, it is important that you keep the ingredients as fresh as possible. A lot of veggies, a good protein source and little dressing help keep your salad healthy but filling.

Nethmi Rodrigo

Nethmi Rodrigo

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