Salads can be a great side dish or starter to a meal, but with the right ingredients they can also make a complete meal. Salads don’t have to boring, and healthy salads are a lot easier to create than they look. If you’ve got 20 minutes, you can easily make a filling salad anytime with my salad formula.

Here is how to build the perfect salad:

BUILT YOUR BASE: spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, bok choy, rocket salad, collards, cabbage

ADD COLOUR:  beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, avocado, celery, cucumber, courgette, onion. tomatoes, radish, spring onions

ADD PROTEIN: chicken, turkey, beef, fish, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, seeds (hemp, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower)

ADD CARBS: sweet potatoes, quinoa, buckwheat

ADD FRUIT (OPTIONAL): apples, pears, oranges, strawberries, melon, unsweetened coconut flakes, dried unsweetened cranberries, pomegranate seeds

ADD HERBS AND SPICES: basil, coriander, ginger, mint, parsley

ADD DRESSING: Mix 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

London Nutritionist Milena Kaler

Milena Kaler is a is a qualified London Nutritionist, weight loss and digestive health specialist, trained in the principles of Functional Medicine. Milena sees patients with chronic health conditions, as well as clients looking for support to optimise their health. Some of the areas Milena can help with include: weight loss, digestive, hormonal, immune and skin health. Scientific and holistic in approach, Milena looks at all aspects of a client’s health. She embraces a systems-oriented approach aiming to get to the root cause of health and weight issues instead of simply focusing on the symptoms. Milena sees every person as an individual with different problems and different goals. She takes time to listen to her clients’ specific concerns to develop customised nutrition and lifestyle plans, based on laboratory test results. Having overcome her own chronic health and weight loss issues, Milena really understands how it is to feel overwhelmed by poor health and can relate to her clients when they first come to see her.