I rarely use recipes when I make my dinner salads these days. I find it MUCH easier to simply take whatever ingredients I have on hand and combine them using the 5 flavours as a guide.
I made this video to show you how I do it…
The most important thing is to know what types of foods can fit into the 5 flavour categories:
Sweet (e.g. carrot, dried fruit, beets, fruits)
Salty (e.g. celery, tomato tamari, miso, salt, seaweed)
Bitter (e.g. many leafy greens like arugula/rocket, mustard greens, beet greens)
Pungent/Spicy (e.g. mushroom, nutritional yeast, spices etc)
Sour (e.g. citrus, vinegar)
Once you have an idea of what fits, you can then choose produce and condiments which make up the five flavours.
Add a fat – like nuts/seeds, nut/seed butters, coconut or avocado – and voila, you have a killer salad that you created all by yourself!
It’s really liberating to not have to follow a recipe all the time, and it’s really not hard. Start experimenting and your confidence will build.
What are your best tips for creating salads and dressings from scratch? Please share them below…