Some Salads in Autumn are worth it.

When I say ‘some’ salads that – it is said with the greatest of respect for the ones that don’t count. If you’re a predominant leaf lover reading this, then it’s a good time to perhaps hold your hands over your eyes and read the rest through your fingers because this might be a bit of a shock.

There is life beyond the leaf and it’s called a warm salad. So if you like your salad to have “something in it” then hooray! We’ve found a friend in each other. Gone are the days of pushing green and purple things (radicchio and rocket) around and around looking for the “bits” that to actually eat.

What can you put in a warm salad?

Well, loads. One year I made it my mission in the cooler tricker months to discover a selection of the best warm salads Melbourne has to offer and here are four elements a warm salad that are out there and  absolutely worth seeking out:

  1. Different base ingredients.
    There are some excellent bases for salads these days like quinoa, couscous, and bulgur wheat to add some depth and a foundation for your salad. The alternative could be some beautifully seasoned array of blanched (or raw) beans, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, green/red peppers thinly sliced.
  2. The herbs can replace your leaf fetish.
    There’s nothing like a salad without lettuce and the smell of a fresh mix of herbs. I’m talking mint, flat-leaf parsley, basil, coriander, dill. Go to Italy while sitting in the lunchroom at work. Thinly slice some Parmigiano cheese and it’s Benvenuto in Italia!
  3. Add some weight.
    Calamari, prawns, tuna are great. How about white fillets or salmon? Drizzle with olive oil and season to perfection. Eggs (warm boiled) is also a winner. Then there’s cooked chicken, pork and meat varieties. Can you image a warm salad without these ingredients? Me neither.
  4. Nutty overtones.
    Sometimes it’s nice to get a little pan out and toast a handful of walnuts and toasted pine nuts and sprinkle them on top.
  5. Dressing choices.
    The rest of the salad rests in the dressing. It could be a tomato base, lemon base, Moroccan style, a mustardy mix, there are so many types out there.

Salads are no longer boring things you ignore or eat because you have to, cafes in Melbourne have moved on. Even at the start of Autumn, you can pick many warm salads to keep you healthy, fit and ready to take on the rest of your day.

The team at Cafe Axxess have a terrific chef who offers a solid variety of warming salads that can convert even the leafiest of salad goers. Situated in the business district of Melbourne’s suburb of Glen Waverley, their warm salads lunch menu is definitely one to try this Autumn. Find out more here.

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