Sometimes you can anguish all day about what to have for dinner, so that you end up going around in mental circles, suggesting and rejecting the same set of dishes over and over again.
And then, pow! – inspiration strikes on the bike ride home. Chalk one up for the Zen of cycling.
So, mes amis, here are 2 obscenely tasty salads that were super quick to prepare – I was finishing off my meal well under an hour after walking through the door.
Cabbage and apple
Dead easy, this one. Simply shred the cabbage of your choice as fine as your equipment and skill levels allow, and core, segment, and finely slice the apple of your choice, too.
Scatter over as many sunflower seeds as you feel comfortable with – any other seed or finely chopped nut would also work, I reckon. Mix well. Dress with lime juice and sesame oil. Mix again. Season. Serve.
Mackerel, olive, and caper salad
This one is only slightly more work than the first salad!
Finely chop half a red onion. Into the salad bowl with it. Next in, 1 green chilli (be brave!) finely chopped. A good handful of pitted black olives should now be roughly chopped, and then in with them, too. Roughly chop a couple of tomatoes. Add to the bowl. Add capers to taste.
Drain and then flake a tin of mackerel. Mix with the other ingredients. Dress with lime juice and olive oil. Season. Serve with whole, crisp, lettuce leaves – make lettuce leaves filled with the salad into “tortillas”.