Sometimes, especially in the winter I find salad too cold. I want something to warm me up and feel substantial inside me and hot food does that for me more than cold food. BUT salad doesn’t have to be cold, it’s easy to knock up a warm salad which can aid with winter warming.

In the UK a traditional salad is just cold, consists of some lettuce leaves, tomato, cucumber, spring onion and that’s about it if you’re going by the traditional Sunday night salad that we used to have as kids. Couple of boiled eggs, a bit of pork pie, some grated cheese and a bit of ham and bread and tea was served. These days that basic foundation is still adhered to by so many people and of course the salad has to be cold.

17176170_10155204983128447_2086301727_o.jpgIt’s only relatively recently that a lot of us Brits have started to get more adventurous with our salads adding nuts and corn and seeds, fruit, flowers, meat or fish, experimenting with sauces and dressings and using more unusual vegetables in our salad mixer. But many of us still follow those traditions of salad being cold and green leaf based. It doesn’t have to be that way. Especially when it’s freezing cold and you insides feel like they’ve frozen over with the rest of you.

Kale leaves, garlic, courgette, tomato, onion, chick peas, celery all tossed together in a pan with some hot olive oil and a few herbs and spices can make a really simple tasty warm salad alternative. Throw in mushrooms and aubergine for added taste, spice it up with chillies, caramelise some onion and char some courgettes.

I love this really simple hot garlic, chick pea, pepper, tomato and celery salad, garnished with a heap of parsley it’s delicious and only takes seconds to prepare and warm through.  Give it a try if you’re running short of ideas for easy warm mixed vegetable dishes or want something as an alternative to lettuce and cucumber. There are 5 of the top 20 diuretic foods in there too.

Have a great week!

A x