Squeezing back into the work wardrobe is always a litmus test that tells us how much we indulged over the holiday season. Salads are still a cornerstone of the new year detox, but gone are the days of iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes and cucumbers (thank goodness). We've tracked down the best of Brisbane's so-called 'rabbit food', and we've got a clean eating recipe to help you back into your skinny jeans.
Turning over a New leaf
There's no need for lank, limp lettuce when you can add flavour and zing with rocket, watercress, spinach, endive or chicory.
Olé keep it clean and crisp with their range, fennel and endive salad with anchovy dressing, while Tank favour honey roasted pear, watercress and frisee lettuce.
Cheese or meat will quite often take centre stage on most salads (and generally distract the diner from the fact that they're eating healthy).
The Jetty serve up a grilled haloumi salad with asparagus, pine nuts, avocado and a balsamic vinaigrette, whereas Eurovida offer hot smoked salmon salad, asparagus, snow peas, cress, panko crumbed egg and lemon dressing.
If you're looking for an authentic Asian flavour, check out AJ Vietnamese Noodle House's salad, which combines rice vermicelli noodles with grilled chicken, shredded cucumber, carrot and mint.
Nuts, pickles and pulses can add flavour and texture and have the ability to elevate salads well above side-dish status.
The Corner Store Café dresses up their Moroccan chicken salad with carrot, pistachio, raisins, labna, rocket and a yoghurt dressing.
If you have strong flavours in your salad, you might just want a simple vinaigrette to accompany, using either balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar or just lemon.
However, if you want to spice things up a bit, take a leaf out of Botanica's book and check out their chickpeas and roasted pumpkin salad with coriander and garam masala yoghurt.
Here's a recipe to get you started at home.
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