What actually is a salad? Does it have to have leaves? Not necessarily. Low in calories? Not always, unfortunately. Always cold, perhaps? Nope
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No one actually knows what makes a salad a salad, but don’t let that stop you from eating one. Here are some utterly delicious dishes that we’re calling 'salads'.
A fancy version of the classic, this niçoise salad is made with baby new potatoes. Yum.
That's right, chop some sausages up and mix in with some stuff and you get to call it a salad. A hearty one at that.
This is a super-quick north African-inspired salad that includes delicious harissa – a spicy, garlicky, oily paste.
Salty, squeaky halloumi meets earthy, delicate asparagus in this rousing symphony of a salad. It's got us feeling all poetic, like.
Hail Caesar and thy crunchy croutons and creamy dressing.
Throw it all together on a plate, or if you're feeling posh, you could arrange the ingredients artfully on chicory slices and serve as canapés.
Eggs and bacon, now that's our kind of salad. Throw in some salad leaves and drizzle on some dressing and you've got yourself a delicious light lunch.