I love trees. I love things that grow on trees. Since its winter here in Sydney and the leaves have all fallen off the trees (and collected in my back yard) I felt inspired to create this leafy salad – and simple is always best. Apart from the avocado, peas and fennel which I got from my fantastic local store Maloneys Grocer, Ill try not to feel too proud when I mention that the lettuce leaves, kale and mint are all from my garden 😉



  • 1 baby gem lettuce
  • 2 kale leaves
  • ½ avo
  • ¼ fennel bulb
  • ½ cup green peas
  • handful mint leaves
  • handful pumpkin seeds
  • red chilli, deseeded
  • squeeze of lemon and drizzle of honey
  • salt, cracked pepper, olive oil



  • Once the lettuce and kale have been washed, detach the baby gem leaves and lay in a flat plate.
  • Thinly slice the fennel, kale and avo and scatter them into the lettuce leaves.
  • Sprinkle in the mint, peas, pumpkin seeds and finely diced chilli.
  • To balance the flavours, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon along with a splash of olive oil and a drizzle of honey.
  • Season to taste and enjoy with a fillet of salmon or roast chicken.




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