I love anything that involves chucking ingredients into a bowl, and salad is one of those. A bowl of salad can count towards one-of-your-five-a-day, and it is the easiest and most refreshing summer food.
This particular salad was inspired by my recent trip to the Turkish restaurant Troy on City Road in Cardiff (which is, by the way, to die for. Everyone in Cardiff must go). Don’t be fooled – it is by no means boring.
Troy’s garlic yoghurt-marinated dishes in particular are gorgeous and so I wanted to recreate their flavour in a fast, fuss-free way. Literally throw these ingredients together or leave them overnight – either way it tastes delicious. It is the perfect summer lunch (or at least tastes like summer) and with the addition of grilled chicken, lamb or falafel can become a filling main meal too. Ideal for a post-exam celebration or barbeque side-dish!
Soft freshly baked bread roll or French stick (praise be to the Lidl bakery)
125ml plain, low fat or Greek yoghurt
1 little gem lettuce, washed
1 clove of garlic
A little fresh mint (optional)
- Peel and finely chop the garlic and add to the yoghurt. Tear the bread into chunks and mix together. Either leave overnight or for a few hours for the flavours to deepen.
- Spoon the bread mixture into a bowl and top with the shredded lettuce leaves, mint and some salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
You can… add olives, onion, tomatoes, cucumber, chicken, lamb, kofta (meatballs), falafel, chickpeas or grilled vegetables like aubergines, courgettes or peppers.
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