I was wonderfully intrigued a few days ago when I made a suggestion to a client to include more ‘salad’ in her daily diet.  The lovely lady replied that she didn’t ‘like salad’, but then added that whilst she didn’t ‘like salad’, she did ‘like rocket, watercress, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions…’ and a whole host of other vegetables that you might be inclined to include in the ‘salad’ category.

After momentary confusion, we quickly established that the only ‘salad’ item she didn’t actually like was iceberg lettuce and for her, whenever someone mentioned the word ‘salad’, or suggested that she perhaps try to include a bit more in her diet, all she could picture was a plate full of ‘bland and tasteless’ iceberg lettuce which, I have to agree, is less than appealing.

For me, a salad is a delicious and colourful concoction of pretty much anything available in the fridge.  I suppose if I’m pushed, there has to be some kind of vegetables, salad or otherwise at it’s core, but apart from that, anything goes, pretty much.

And the reason why I was so intrigued was that this lovely exchange was a powerful demonstration to me of a lovely idea in NLP that I have been taught by my lovely friend Mandy Pearson recently; the idea that:

‘the map is not the territory’

Which in simple terms means that we all see and express the world differently, and even the simplest of words, like ‘salad’ can be used to express two very, very different concepts.  For me, something delicious and rich with colour, taste and variety; for another something bland and boring with one single and tasteless ingredient.

Whatever your current salad map is, why not have a go at trying out a few ideas from someone else’s, you never know, you might find that you actually prefer it!

And if you’re looking for some inspiration with new salad ideas, I heartily recommend you visit Riverford Organic’s website and have a look through their wonderful salad suggestions.  I’m also loving the new Moro East cookbook by Sam & Sam Clark – full of delicious and creative ways with salad.

So, what is a salad for you, dear reader?  I’d love to know……


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