Surrey Street treats: healthy January salad

By - Wednesday 4th January, 2017

Worried that a salad won’t warm you up in winter? Here’s a healthy suggestion from Surrey Street market

I know that salads normally make you think of fresh greens and summer, but there are ways to eat fresh and raw and still keep warm in winter. If you’re looking to get healthier after a surfeit of rich Christmas food but still want to fill up on cold wintry days, Surrey Street’s fresh ingredients are a great place to start.

I’ve used sweet potatoes from Surrey Street as the main part of my healthy January salad, and I’ve added lots of my other favourite ingredients. But if I’ve used something that you’re not too keen on, just swap it out for something else. (I know that not everyone likes the pong of goat’s cheese.)

Ingredients from the market: two large-ish sweet potatoes.

Ingredients from the kitchen: two rashers of bacon, a drained tin of butter beans, two or three handfuls of spinach, 50g goat’s cheese.


1) To get ahead, bake your sweet potatoes in the oven for around an hour at 220 (or until they’re soft). I stick them in when I have the oven on for something else, so that I have time to let them cool before I use them.

2) You can do this ahead, too: grill your bacon, let it cool, then slice it into thin, small pieces.

3) Before you throw it all together, you just need to prep a couple more things. Cut your sweet potato into bitesize chunks, and chop and crumble your cheese.

4) Now you’re ready to put it all together. Tumble your beans, potatoes, spinach, bacon and cheese into a large bowl and toss them all together.

5) Then you can season it how you like. I don’t add salt because of the bacon, but I do add a splash of olive oil mixed with a bit of garlic paste and a scattering of chilli flakes.

6) That should make enough for two or three servings (depending how hungry you are). You can have it as it is or you can zap it in the microwave for a minute or so if you want it warm. Then all that’s left is to eat your healthy and delicious Surrey Street treat. Happy New Year!

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford is a writer at a brand language consultancy and an English literature and creative writing graduate. She’s passionate about showing that Croydon is a great place to live and excited to delve into Croydon’s cultural side. She loves all things wordy and foody.

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