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When I was growing up, lettuce leaves were used mainly for decoration. We hardly had fresh lettuce in the shops and the only lettuce I remember is iceberg. It's a different story now as a variety of lettuce is grown in the green houses of Iceland.

I often create a monster salad for dinner or lunch. By monster salad I mean salad with everything in it but just as an example I would include lettuce of course, cherry tomatoes, peppers, avocado, nuts, seeds, oranges or melons, feta cheese, olives and the list goes on. It's only when I am away from my salads for a lengthy period that I realize how much I miss them. Whenever we travel to Kenya or other places in Africa we try to stay away from the fresh lettuce as they can be contaminated if the water is not clean. Obviously it depends on where you are staying because if you are staying in a nice hotel, you don't have to worry. Buying  lettuce by the roadside however would equal a bad tummy for sure. In Kenya, vinegar is used widely and it is almost always used as a dressing on salads. I don't know why but they do this to their tomatoes, peppers and onions as well. And it drives me nuts as I don't like vinegar on salads. So after perhaps 2 weeks of travelling I am literally crying out for a fresh salad (and apples and grapes as well as neither are widely grown in the places we travel in Africa). I try not to complain too much as it would be very rude to the locals and experiencing poverty all around you are just thankful that you HAVE food in your mouth. But as soon as I come home I run to the shops and create a monster salad.

A lovely and healthy salsa, perfect for so many things

Salsa (Tomato Salsa)

I love tomato salsa. It is one of those healthy side dishes you can even order at a crap restaurant, serving disgusting food and it will still be mostly healthy and most often delicious.

A traditional Icelandic shrimp salad

Shrimp Salad

This is a classic, Icelandic salad, served with bread, on crackers, as sandwich fillings and often when there is a gathering of people such as for birthdays.

One of the reasons the Japanese live so long!

Soba Noodle Salad with Wakame, Ginger and Vegetables

I made this salad immediately after arrived home from a trip to Japan.

The most summery salad of all

Summer Salad with Oranges and Watermelons

If there was a competition for healthy salads, this one would clearly be a winner.

250 grams carrots 1 garlic clove 1.5 teaspoon mustard seeds (black) 1 teaspoon g

Tanzanian Sambaro Carrots

These carrots I often call "carrots with a twist" and I love them served as a side dish of African or Indian food.

A very popular and healthy salad, packed with protein and low in fat

Tuna Salad

When preparing my husband's lunch I am always trying to maintain a balance of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.