When we think of festive food, most of us think of indulgent desserts or a meaty main dish. Don’t forget the side dishes though, as they are an important part of any festive meal, and an easy way to make sure your plate is balanced with a good portion of vegetables. This Festive Chopped Salad is the perfect addition to any festive food table.
I don’t feel that side dishes get enough love, so I am going to change that. In 2017, you are going to be seeing a lot more side dished on HHH, because I think that they can make or break a meal. Bored of plain potatoes? I have a recipe for that! Green side salads getting you down? You have come to the right place! Bland vegetables got you avoiding them all together? I’ve got your back! They will all be really easy side dishes, so you don’t get stressed out in the kitchen. Watch this space.
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Hands up who is feeling stressed at the moment *raises hand*. I know it is meant to be the happiest time of the year, but it is also the busiest and with all the christmas shopping, family visits and pressure at this time of year, it can be easy to let everything get on top of you and feel overwhelmed. Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health, because it can control your day to day life.
Exercise and meditation are great for stress, but did you know that you can also deal with stress via your diet as well? This festive chopped salad is a stress busting side dish, because it is packed full of ingredients that are well known for helping with stress. Did you know that pomegranates and pecans can reduce cortisol, which is the stress hormone? Consequently, these foods will help you to have healthier stress levels. Leafy greens like kale contain magnesium, which helps to relax muscles, and calcium which is calming. This festive chopped salad is packed full of pomegranate seeds, kale and pecans, so it the perfect stress busting salad.
If you thought salads were boring, then hopefully this is going to change your mind. Bland lettuce is replaced with crunchy kale and it has so much texture going on with the apple and pecan and it’s bursting with colour and flavour from the pomegranate. Put this on your Christmas dinner table and you will be convincing all your party guests that salads are far from boring too.
You could keep this salad vegan, but a little bit of feta goes a long way in this dish. A few little creamy feta crumbles on this really brings the whole salad together. If you haven’t tried feta and pomegranate together, then you have to! It also works well with goats cheese or stilton too. Really, any cheese you have leftover on the cheese board works well!
Whilst your brain might be filled with Christmas food ideas, don’t forget the table setting and all the plates and bowls that the food is going to be served in. Some nice plates and bowls really take yours festive table to another level, so it is worth treating yourself to something decent, that is going to last a few years too.
We have teamed up with World Kitchen to show you some great dinner and dinnerware options to spruce up your dinner table and therefore really make an impression on your guests. We tried out the Corelle range and we were super impressed. Corelle’s range is huge and there is something for everyone. We went with a simple design and it will fit in with all kitchens.
What impressed us the most with the range was how durable it is, as it is chip and break resistant! That is perfect for Christmas time, or whenever you have guests, as the plates and bowls will be passed around and likely to be dropped. Other benefits include:
- Compact storage, no other tableware is as space efficient in your kitchen cupboard.
- Microwave, Dishwasher and Oven safe for versatility.
- Long lasting patterns that won’t wash or wear.
- Thin and light weight it is designed for easy handling.
- Stain resistant and is easy to wash. As a result, even the toughest of food stains just wash off leaving your corelle plate looking brand new.
- Scratch resistant. Use forks and knives without worrying about scratching the surface of Corelle dinner plates. Be amazed at how new they look even after years of use.
- Made of unique vitrelle glass.
“It’s amazing the rigours your dinnerware goes through on a daily basis, from kids handling them, to plates dropping out the dishwasher, so it’s not a surprise at how many chips and breaks they get. Luckily Corelle was made for that very purpose. Corelle is the perfect dinnerware for your home. Renowned for being thin and lightweight yet amazingly strong and durable, every piece of Corelle is Chip and Break resistant making it perfect for everyday use. So whether you have a home with a growing family, having a party or just want a plate for outdoor dining, Corelle can withstand the rigours of your everyday use, proving beauty can be tough.
We will be using this dinner set over Christmas, safe in the knowledge that after a few too many glasses of wine, if we happen to drop a plate, we don’t have to worry about it smashing. Therefore, perfect for clumsy people like us!
Ingredients – Serves 4:
– 100g kale, chopped
– 1 medium apple, diced
– 15 pecans, roughly chopped
– Seeds of half a pomegranate
– 45g/1.5oz light feta, crumbles
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
– Juice and zest of half a small orange
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
1) Put all of the ingredients in to a large bowl and mix well.
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**This Festive Chopped Salad post was sponsored by World Kitchen, however all opinions are our own**