SALADS

From a simple side salads to exotic combinations of vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, beans and seeds, salads are a GREAT way to get loads of vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein into you in one tasty shot.

Make it a habit!

SALAD DRESSINGS

 

A good salad dressing makes ALL the difference in the world and can elevate some fairly bland vegetables (i.e. spinach, romaine, broccoli, cabbage, etc.) from boring, into something exciting.

"STURDY" SALADS

 

I specifically designed these salads with 'sturdy' vegetables that can hold their crunch for days on end.  So make a big batch, and keep it in the refrigerator all week! 

 

Now you can always have something ready for lunch or at dinner that is FULL of all things good for you.

 

Do the work once, reap the benefits for days!! 

SWEET & SOUR PICKLED VEGGIE SALAD
Fresh fennel, cucumber, celery, carrot, red onion and radishes with a sweet and sour dressing.
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GREEK SALAD
Bell peppers, cucumbers and red onion mixed with TASTE OF TUSCANY olive oil and vinegar, garnished with black olives and feta cheese.
AMERICAN-STYLE COLE SLAW
Cabbage, carrot, red onion and raisins in an olive-oil and yogurt dressing.
ASIAN-STYLE COLE SLAW
Cabbage, carrot, bell pepper, sprouts, green onions, almonds, black quinoa
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MEXICAN COLE SLAW
Cabbage, onion, carrots and corn with a TASTE OF SANTA FE yogurt and cilantro dressing
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RED CABBAGE & BEET SALAD
With chopped spinach and toasted sunflower seeds
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CHOPPED SALAD - ITALIAN STYLE
Chopped zucchini (courgette), carrot and bell-pepper with a TASTE OF TUSCANY olive oil, vinegar dressing
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"ANCIENT GRAINS & PULSES" SALADS

 

There's a reason these ancient grains and pulses salads are becoming mainstream (i.e. not just for health food stores anymore) - they are delicious, they are filling, and they are nourishing.  Do your body good - get this in you!

NUTTY-MINTY-MILLET SALAD
Millet and onion cooked with TASTE OF LEBANON spice blend, served with red bell pepper, feta, almonds, mint and sliced grapes
SOUTHWEST QUINOA & BLACK BEAN
Quinoa, black beans, corn and spinach mixed with a yogurt dressing made with TASTE OF SANTA FE spice blend.
CHICKPEA MANGO SALAD
with red bell peppers, slivered almonds and a balsalmic dressing made with TASTE OF LEBANON spice blend
BEJEWELLED QUINOA SALAD
Quinoa with bell peppers, red onion, fresh jalepeno, feta, lime juice, avocado and fresh mint.
CHICKPEA, QUINOA & TABBOULEH
Chickpeas, quinoa, tomatoes, parsley, mint, lemon and onion make this a high-protein, gluten-free version of the classic Lebanese Tabbouleh.
MINTY SWEET & SAVORY BULGUR
Bulgur cooked with raisins and onion, topped with chopped almonds and fresh mint.
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"SAME DAY" SALADS

 

I guess this is just another way to say 'the opposite of sturdy'.

 

Make them and eat them straight away!

 

These delicious combinations can be served as a meal on their own, or an elegant side dish.  Either way, they pack a big punch in both flavor and nutrients!  

 

It-'s a win-win!

CAPRESE ZOODLES WITH PESTO DRESSING
BROCCOLI CAESAR SALAD
COOL CUCUMBER & CELERY SALAD
JAZZED UP CAESAR SALAD
Healthy caesar dressing and a salad jazzed up with chopped spinach, toasted pine nuts and homemade, wholegrain croutons.
GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR
Add grilled chicken breast slices to a romain salad dressed with 'Healthy Creamy' Caesar dressing and grated parmesan
GRILLED BABY 'ROMAINES'
With 'Healthy Creamy' Caesar dressing and shaved parmesan
KALE & BELUGA LENTIL SALAD
With avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds and red onion
CRUDITE NIBBLES
Bell pepper, carrots and cucumber sticks in a pesto-yogurt dip.
SOUTHWEST SENSATION
Avocado, tomatoes and lettuce with 'creamy' southwest dressing
PEAR AND PECAN SALAD
with goats cheese
TODAY'S CHICKEN SALAD
with chopped spinach, red onion, celery and a yogurt dressing
KALE IS KING
kale with tomato, red onion, homemade croutons
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BROCCOLI SALAD
Broccoli, spinach, red onion, pumpkin seeds and parmesan cheese
PANZANELLA with a TWIST
Homemade croutons w/ tomato, avocado, spinach & basil pesto
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LIVING LEKKER NOTES

EAT THIS:  As mentioned in my bio, one of my passions is to follow the research on foods and figure out ways to get them into our everyday diets.  Things like seeds, sprouts, onions, grains, beans, lentils, and any colorful veggies.  Salads are one of the best ways I know to pack A LOT of nutrients into one bowl.  And if you have picky eaters in the house, you can disguise a lot of great things in a salad when the dressing is super yummy.

 

THE GOOD FATS:  My salad dressings are not fat free, and that is on purpose!  So many vegetables (especially the dark green kind like spinach, kale and broccoli) are full of vitamins that are fat soluble, meaning, you need the presence of fat in order for your body to absorb and take advantage of their goodness.  And when you’re “living the lekker life”, you’re not eating a bunch of saturated fats anyway, so you actually need the fats and omega 3 essential fatty acids that will come from the various plant oils, nuts and seeds!

THE BAD FATS:  Sometimes a little mayonnaise goes a long way.  While I tend to use plain yogurt and olive oil in place a mayonnaise, some coleslaws are just a bit better with a tiny amount of mayonnaise.  So, don't think you need to be perfect all the time...that's far too boring!!

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