11 January 2014

A Fresh Salad to Start the Year

How are all your new years resolutions going? If you've decided to eat more healthily and stay fit, then the food you eat doesn't have to be plain and dull. Healthy food can be delicious if you use fresh, tasty interesting ingredients. Below is a lovely salad for these cold January days and it's even better served with a piece of warm quiche or some ricotta cheese.

My new year's resolution is to write a regular diary and document my photos better- I have a rubbish memory and haven't updated my photo albums for a few years so it would be nice to have some of my new favourite photos from my travels up on the wall!

I'm about to head back up to a very busy new term in Edinburgh. In order to make the most of the last part of our holidays, my flatmates and I took a little trip to Paris to lounge in cafes and patisseries and sit and people watch all day. We were graced with some beautiful Parisian weather and enjoyed some delicious french pastries- it's all a complete novelty to me now that I am eating wheat again!

I've included some of the photos from the trip below- it's one of my favourite cities and at this time of year it's a lot more peaceful and slow-paced and so the perfect atmosphere just to wander through the street and enjoy its main attractions without the flurry of tourists!- the view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe on a sunny january afternoon is amazing!


4 small carrots
1 large raw beetroot
2 eating apples
Large handful of cashew nuts
2tsp nigella seeds
Large handful fresh parsley
Salt and pepper
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
1tbsp balsamic vinegar


Peel the carrots, beetroot and apples and grate (leaving out the apple cores.) Add the grated ingredients to a large mixing bowl and then finely chop the parsley. Mix in the parsley and nigella seeds and squeeze over the lemon juice.

Then add the cashew nuts to a frying pan and heat over a medium heat. Toss the nuts over the heat for about 3-4 minutes until they begin to turn golden- be very careful to keep an eye on them as they can burn very quickly!

Add the cashew nuts to the salad. Lastly make your dressing by mixing together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a spindle of salt and pepper. Dress the salad and serve.

Notre Dame Cathedral- you can take a look inside the cathedral and climb up to the top if you fancy- it's a beautiful cathedral with very detailed stained glass windows and gothic architecture.

The padlocks on pont de l'archevêché

An early morning stroll along the La Seine

The Louvre

Cafe Angelina- a famous, grand tearoom in the centre of Paris- set in a beautiful old building and with an amazing selection of cakes and pastries!

Laduree macaroon shop

The view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe!

Merci department store


  1. Oooh I like the fiery colours and I'm always such a fan of chucking in some nuts too :)
    You lucky thing popping off to Paris for a few days - what lovely weather too.
    x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. Ah we were so lucky with the weather- it was beautiful and mild and so perfect weather for strolling around the shops!xxx

  2. Katie that salad looks delicious!
    Also, seems like such a lovely time in Paris =)

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  3. Your salad looks delicious, crunchy and fresh and I love your pictures of Paris!

  4. Looks like you had a fabulous time in Paris! Ladurée is still on my list of places to visit.
    This salad sounds crisp and refreshing - I love the sound of the flavour combinations. x

    1. You must go- its one of my favourite places as it's just so elegant! It took me a long time to choose which macaroons to buy- there's just so many flavours!xxx


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