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The Fitness Zone

Hayden Quinn’s Salad In A Jar Recipe
December 7, 2015

Say hello to the ultimate lunch idea that’s as nutritious as it is tasty, courtesy of current personal training student and Australian Institute of Fitness Ambassador Hayden Quinn.

Typically salads are either delicious or healthy, but rarely both at once. Avoiding creamy dressings and processed meats, this salad in a jar is a lot lower in unhealthy saturated fat and salt than the typical take-away alternative.

Australian Institute of Fitness Nutrition expert, Shivaun Conn, says “this salad is a perfect lunch idea for those who want to feel satisfied and fuel up on some long lasting energy.”

This dressing also makes the salad's nutrients more bio-available which means your body can absorb more of the fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants contained in the nutritious ingredients! These include radishes, high in vitamins C and folate, plus chervil, a great source of carotene, iron and magnesium.

So find yourself a jar and get chopping.

SERVES: 4

PREPARATION: 20 MINS

COOKING: 5 MINS  

INGREDIENTS

SALAD

  • ½ bunch watercress, picked, washed
  • 400g can white beans, drained, rinsed
  • 8 quail eggs, hard boiled and halved (if unavailable, substitute with 60g free range organic chicken eggs)
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • ½ cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • 1 large Lebanese cucumber, peeled into ribbons
  • 5 baby red radishes, trimmed with green attached, shaved thinly

DRESSING

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbs finely chopped chervil
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 60ml (½ cup) macadamia nut oil

METHOD

  1. To make the dressing, place all ingredients in a small screw top jar, season to taste and shake well to combine. Store in jar until ready to use.
  2. To cook quail eggs, bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add eggs and cook for 2 minutes and 30 seconds; refresh in iced water. Peel eggs when ready to use. Quail eggs are easier to peel when slightly warm.
  3. Divide and layer all ingredients evenly among four large glass jars. Cover with lid and refrigerate or store in an esky or cooler bag until ready to serve.
  4. To serve, pour dressing evenly over each portioned salad, eat immediately.


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This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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