Green Salad with Squash

Salads don’t need to be boring. You can vary them in such a great way that the possibilities are endless. There are so many ingredients to choose and pick to create a completely new taste and visual effect every time.

One of the great combinations is to mix cold and warm ingredients togethers which will give different texture and flavours to your salad.

The versitile Squash

Squash, Low-carb and super tasty

Squash is amazing. It is low-carb and can fit very well into a ketogenic lifestyle in soups, mash, fried and many other ways. Squash is widely available in most parts of the world. It is harvested in fall but can be stored and kept all year along.

100grs of Squash contain plenty of vitamins and minerals so feel free to use it in your meals in moderate amounts.

  • Calories: 41
  • Carbs: 11 grams
  • Protein: 1 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Vitamin C: 25% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 10% of the RDI
  • Servings :1 dish
  • Time for preparation: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g Rocket and Lettuce
  • 50g Dill
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 100gr Squash cut in pieces
  • Curcumin
  • Thymian
  • 50g hard Sheep cheese
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1tbsp of Butter

For the dressing

  • Extra Virgon Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon or balsamic vinegar

Preparation

  1. Wash all the ingredients.
  2. Cut the squash in relative big pieces.
  3. Place in a pan the squash, with some butter, salt, curcumin, thymian in moderate heat. Mix every couple of minutes.
  4. While the squash is cooking, thinly slice all the greens, and the pepper.
  5. After a few minutes the squash should have a nice colour. At this point put some water (1/4 of a cup is plenty) and boil the squash until the water evaporates.
  6. Now add all ingredients so far in a salad bowl.
  7. Bring the salad to taste and mix well.

Enjoy!!!

Tips

  • As another vegetable option you can also add a zuchinni to frying pan.
  • If you want to make it a complete meal add some protein like chicken.
  • Choose greens which are available seasonal.
  • For colour you can also add carrots.
  • Curcumin is a great anti-oxidant which when fried add nice delecate flavour to all foods. For a stronger flavour try adding some Cumin.
  • It is important to include in your salad a good source of fat like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and cheese as it helps with the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins (like Vitamin-A).