fast easy quick winter survival kit salad

Another winter.

Some days the eyeball busting cold is more than I can bear. My shoulders are constantly hunched, some sort of primal head protection reflex, causing the muscles in my back to ache, until June. Every year, I think a few new highly fashionable knitted sweaters, a colourful scarf and a pair of rugged Canadian made, over-priced, winter boots will entice me out-of-doors.

It doesn’t.

I find a sunny spot, inside my house. To there, I drag a comfy chair and side table. I pull out a well-worn quilt, proved by the fraying edges, and drape it over the chair for constant access. I pile cookbooks I’ve bought since last winter on and near the table; I’ve no control when it comes to books on cooking.

There.

Ready.

Bring on winter.

This fast easy quick winter survival kit of a salad is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and takes about 5 minutes to throw together which leaves lots of time to read cookbooks.

FAST EASY QUICK WINTER SURVIVAL KIT SALAD
Serves 2-4

  • 1 English seedless cucumber, washed and chopped into chunks
  • 1 scallion, white and green parts thinly sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and diced
  • 2 tablespoons vegenaise or mayonnaise
  • Juice of half a lime
  • zest of a whole lime
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha or your favourite hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • handful of micro-greens. I buy my micro-greens locally from the Garnish Guys

fast easy quick winter survival kit salad
fast easy quick winter survival kit salad
fast easy quick winter survival kit salad
fast easy quick winter survival kit salad
fast easy quick winter survival kit salad
fast easy quick winter survival kit salad

THE STEPS

  1. Combine the cucumber, scallions, celery and avocado in a medium-sized salad bowl.
  2. Whisk together vegenaise, lime juice, lime zest, sea salt, cilantro and sriracha.
  3. Gently toss salad with dressing and garnish with micro-greens
  4. Survive the winter.

THE LOVE: You can make this salad more interesting by adding cooked grains like quinoa or farro, toasted nuts and chopped dried fruits, but that would take longer than 5 minutes!

fast easy quick winter survival kit salad

My beautiful micro-greens are grown locally by the Garnish Guys from Nauwigewauk, New Brunswick and can be purchased at Real Food Connections Saint John, Canterbury St. This is not an infomercial; they just have great greens!

Thanks for reading.