Quick, healthy recipes for your office lunch – Spring Salad

May 7, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

Every week for the last five weeks we have been sharing our fave easy to make, healthy lunch box ideas. Today is our last installment in the series.

Drop that microwave meal and step away from the take-out! Feeling sluggish and deflated at work? We have the perfect solution – five lunches that’ll keep you healthy and happy! Number 5…

Spring Salad – Perfect for a mood lift!

Melissa Delport is a professional photographer and blogger for all things food and travel. She’s all about mindful eating and wellness.

Serves: 6

Cooking time: 20 minutes


Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to a frying pan over a medium heat. Fry 200grams of halved asparagus for 2 – 3 minutes until the raw flavour is gone, but they still have some crunch.

Remove from heat and set aside.

In the same frying pan turn up the heat to a medium/high heat and toast 50 grams of walnuts for 5 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown.

Add 1 cup of fresh or frozen peas and ½ cup of edamame beans to individual bowls. Top up with boiling water and blanch for 5 minutes. Remove the water and set aside the peas and beans.

Mix 1 juiced lemon, 3-4 tablespoons of Olive Oil, 2 teaspoons of tahini, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of balsamic and salt and pepper for taste, in a small bowl.

On a large salad plate start to assemble the salad. This salad is great in layers then topped with the dressing.

Start with a handful of baby lettuce leaves chopped bite size, 2 medium zucchinis made into ribbons with a vegetable peeler, 30 grams of rocket, the edamame beans, peas and asparagus.

Then add 6 thinly sliced radishes, 80 grams of Chevin Goats cheese (optional), the zest from one lemon and half a cup of toasted walnuts!

Top the salad with the dressing and serve!


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If you loved Melissa’s recipe, you’ll love this…

Melissa Delport’s brand-new cookbook will be hitting the shelves in April 2018! Published by Penguin Random House South Africa and Struik Lifestyle ‘WHOLE – Bowl Food for Balance’ is all about healing your relationship with food. It’s packed with 90 recipes for healthy balanced and easy meals in a bowl. Whether your vegan, vegetarian or a carnivore, you’re sure to find something tasty in here!

‘WHOLE – Bowl Food for Balance’ will retail for R300.

Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!

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