The sign is on the door, the key is in the lock, and you’ve got just five minutes to make yourself a relatively tasty, semi-healthy lunch before the punters start hammering to get in, tutting and looking at their watches. What do you make? In this series we share Mr. and Mrs. Shopkeeper’s favourite five minute recipes…
The CaesDorf Cooked Salad
Having salad for lunch is OK in the Summer or if you are on a perpetual diet (yawn): but it can kind of leave you feeling deprived or compromised. So this little number is great: same healthy ingredients, but cooked into a nourishing and naughty tasting repast. It is also a thrifty little number, as it effectively draws on bits and bobs of things that you will probably have skulking in your fridge. If you are very pushed for time in your lunch’break’, you can chop the ingredients in advance (apart from the apple) and pop them in a little Tupperware (do they still make that stuff?) pot to take to work.
You will need (to feed just you):
- splodge olive oil
- 1/2 red onion, peeled + chopped
- 1 stick celery, washed and diced
- 1/2 green pepper, washed + diced
- 1 apple (use the minky one from the bottom of the fruit basket), washed, cored and diced
- handful of cooked (aka leftover) chicken (breast is best), shredded
- handful of walnuts, broken
- 1 teaspoon dill (fresh or dried)
- tablespoon of cheese to suit (blue/parmesan/cheddar/whatever), grated or crumbled
- S + P to taste
- splodge low cal mayo
- 1-2 Ryvita type crackers
- pretty lettuce to serve, because shopkeepers are worth it too
Dead simple. But then it would have to be for a five minute recipe, now wouldn’t it? Just heat the oil in a pan, and fry off the onion, celery and pepper. When they have softened, add the apple and cooked chicken, saute-ing gently until the chicken is piping hot. Next add the walnuts, dill and cheese. Season to taste (heavy on the black pepper), take off the heat, and swirl some mayo through the dish. Break the crackers into ‘croutons’ and scatter them over the top.
Arrange the pretty lettuce on a plate (which will invariably be chipped, because shopkeepers always use unloved, un-matching crockery from home in their backrooms), and spoon the CaesDorf on top. Now doesn’t that look appetising?