Monday, February 11, 2013

Simple Salad - with croutons, feta cheese and proscuitto

I like to take lunch to work everyday but there are some weeks where I have little time and no inspiration. This salad ticks all my boxes - quick, yummy and perfect for work. Unfortunately it has no name but it doesn't matter, as long as the salad tastes good it doesn't need a name!

What you will need (quantities will depend on how much you like to eat so I will let you choose your own):
Lettuce, shredded
Avocado, cubed or slices
Cucumber, sliced
Tomato, cubed
Garlic (the more garlic the spicier the dressing will be), crushed
Feta Cheese
Whole Egg Mayonnaise
Seeded Mustard
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Prosciutto or Pancetta
2 slices of bread, cut into squares 

First I make the dressing which is generally ¼ cup of mayonnaise and ¼ cup of seeded mustard. Give it a mix together and taste. If you like the taste of the mustard, add more mustard, and vice versa for the mayo. 
Next I make the croutons. Cut the bread into sizeable chunks. You can use fresh bread, it doesn't have to be stale bread. 

Bread chunks
Mix together some extra virgin olive oil and crushed garlic. 

Olive oil and garlic mix
Toss the bread through the olive oil/garlic mix until coated.

Coated bread
Lay the coated bread on a lined baking tray and put in the oven. I generally put the oven on about 200°C but you will need to watch them because they crisp up quickly. 

Cooked croutons
On the same tray you cooked the croutons, place your chosen meat slices on the baking paper and cook in the oven until crispy. 

Cooked pancetta
When done, assemble your salad - place the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, feta cheese, croutons and crumbled pancetta or proscuitto into a bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the entire salad and toss to coat. 

If you're making this the night before, like I usually do, put all the ingredients except the croutons and dressing, into a tupperware container. In separate containers store the croutons and dressing. Keep the croutons out of the fridge as they will go very soft and chewy. When you're ready to eat lunch at work, put everything together in a bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. 

Do you have a favourite lunch salad?

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