Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is from Jamie Oliver's Ministry Of Food cookbook. I love the idea behind it, so I thought I would share it with you. The idea is simple, you choose 1 ingredient from each section, and build your salad from the ground up, to suit your tastes! You then dress it with a salad dressing of your choice. Use the measurements included as a guide only (I haven't added measurements for each ingredient, just an example in each category), as that is all up too you also! There are no rules, just choose your 6 ingredients, and build your own great salad!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Choose an ingredient from each of the 6 groups above.
  2. Wash and spin dry the soft and crunchy leaves.
  3. Pick the herby leaves off their stalks.
  4. Finely slice or peel the veg and shave, tear or crumble up the cheese.
  5. Toss everything together in a large bowl.
  6. Dress simply with your choice of dressing, and season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper if needed.
  7. Divide the salad between your serving bowls and sprinkle over your chosen topping.


Most Helpful

Thank you for this great salad guide. I used romaine, radicchio, butter lettuce, purple cherry tomatoes, jersey tomatoes, radishes, parsley, avocado, pepper-jack cheese and whole wheat sesame sticks. I used a homemade vinaigrette and it was a real treat. Thank you.

Katanashrp May 18, 2013

Simple and wonderful method for salad making. I used: Romaine lettuce (cos), a bit of watercress, fresh basil, 1/2 a cucumber, tomato (I used 2 from the veg. category), parmesan cheese and pine nuts. I topped it all off with a light vinaigrette. Just a light sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly grated black pepper was a nice addition. Yummy, easy and healthy salad!!

LifeIsGood September 09, 2009

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