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Cooking 101: How to Build an Epic Salad… that you’ll want to eat

Here’s the thing about salads: We're doing them all wrong.

These amazing bowls of goodness have been given a bad wrap by cafes and restaurants that serve you four pieces of tomato, three pieces of cheese and charge you $16. It's an outrage, annoying and a deal breaker.

Salads need a PR manager. Their catch phrase would be:

More than just green leaves, chopped tomato and cheese.

Salads can fill you up more than a hearty roast dinner. Give us a chance… please?

I often hear people say salads are boring or not filling enough. I’ve built a catering business on serving people salads. These were however not your average salad. They were made with an array of ingredients, filling wholefoods, with zippy dressings, texture and an undeniably delicious crunch factor.

A salad is anything in a bowl.

With multiple ingredients, put together in an interesting way.

Imagination is key here, like most cooking. It’s not so much about the weird and wacky ingredients you add, it’s all about the simple ingredients and how you bring them together.

It’s totally up to you to get crazy creative with your ideas. Usually the ‘weirder’ you think they are, the more delicious they can be. Or maybe, just maybe, what you think is weird actually isn’t weird. It’s just that you’ve never been shown that’s an option?

I’ve put together a guide for you to follow. Before we get to that lets start with a few rules. They’re more like guide posts, I follow these every time I make a salad.

The rules of salad making


1. All you need is: a lug of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon (or vinegar), salt, pepper to transform your bowl.

2. Your options are seriously endless. Yes that can be daunting but… start with what you like and what you know to gain your confidence.

3. At some point you need to freestyle, you may fuck it up. This is how you learn. Go back to point #1 to make your meal edible. Honestly, if everything you made turned out to be edible gold - good for you, but it’s in the recovery that makes the difference. When you mess something up think about what could make it better, or what you’d change for next time. This is how you build your confidence.

4. Gather a list and a pantry/fridge of your non-negotiable flavour bombs. Keep these at all times. Mine are: sheeps milk feta, dried herbs, fresh herbs, semi-dried tomatoes, olives, sourdough croutons, lemon, toasted coconut, nuts, seeds. To name a few.

5. Add some fruit - you won't regret it. Fruit adds sweetness and balances out flavour profiles, it can also make your salad POP with interesting flavour. Stone fruit in summer, citrus / oranges / apples in the cooler months. Try roasting them too.

6. A dressing is all you need to make a salad super delicious. If you really don't know what to add, or the fridge is bare, good news, cover it up with a delicious dressing. This is also handy if you want to eat ‘healthier’ but are worried about making a pile of veggies taste great.

7. Salads can be filling, but it’s up to you to make them so. The crunch and the chewing is what gets your digestive system moving to start processing the food. Salads are not quick to eat. All that chewing takes time - if your salads are quick to eat and you are still hungry at the end of lunch... you aren't feeding yourself enough. Try adding 1/2 cup of rice/quinoa/beans or a slice of sourdough.

8. There are no rules, so forget all of this and just get creating! These are guide posts and reminders in case you get lost in a world of leafy greens and roasted tomatoes, but that wouldn't be so bad.


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How to Build an Epic Salad... That you'll want to eat.

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This guide will un-complicate the cooking process and expand your mind to ingredients
that are most likely already hiding in your pantry. We’ll unlock a gigantic component of
building confidence in the kitchen and in your ability to throw together
a delicious meal, at the drop of a hat. Without the stress.


I’ll walk you through the 5 building blocks to making delicious salads.

We open your mind to how to think when you make salads. Which is super handy when you’re trying to eat a little more healthy(ish), up your veggie intake, feed a crowd or trying to reduce the amount of meat you are eating - all the while juggling a full life.

We turn up the flavour and remove the pressure.
To allow you space to tinker and play in the kitchen.
Stress free.

This guide is here to

Brighten your weekday work lunches.
Create simple delicious crowd pleasers.
Boost your salad game and fill your belly.
All from a simple salad bowl.

Here’s what you’ll get

  • 16 x recipes to create memorable salads
    Whether you’re after a quick throw together weekday lunch or out to wow a crowd.

  • 7 x bonus dressing ideas
    It’s all in the sauce. These are drizzle over anything and everything type of sauces. To make once and enjoy multiple times - my kind of cooking.

  • 16 x bonus tried and tested salad bowl ideas
    To take your salad game straight to ‘kitchen wizard’, plus endless inspiration (and permission).

  • Endless inspiration
    You’ll learn to mix and match to make your salad bowls with the ingredients you love. There is no such thing as a ‘weird combo’ - if it tastes good, you’re doing it right. Often times the magic is in the weird combo’s your creativity dreams up.


Here’s a sneak peak

27 pages to up your salad game, eat well at work or please a crowd.

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