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Raw Vegan Mexican Salad Recipe

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

Serves 1- 360 Calories


2 handfuls Iceberg lettuce

1 tsp chopped chili

2 tbsp freshly cut corn

1 tbsp spring onions

1 large handful coriander

2 large tbsp chopped cucumber

1 whole red pepper, sliced

12 cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 large avocado

For the dressing:

2 tbsp vegan salad cream

1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning

Juice of half fresh lime

2 tbsp water

Salt to taste

5 Cashew Nuts


Place all salad excepting avocado ingredients in a bowl.

Mix ingredients for dressing in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

Pour dressing over the salad.

Chop up avocado and add to salad.


My Chef Training

I found the academic side of school very hard. Suffering from dyslexia it became apparent that the vocational side of life was my calling. This is where my love of food took the next step.

At 15, I found my love for cooking. Immediately my confidence grew and I was finally good at something. Excelling my year group with my culinary skills, at 16 I enrolled at the most prestigious catering college in the country, Westminster.

This had to have been one of the most challenging, fun and eye-opening experiences I had in the real world. Commuting from Sevenoaks to London, Monday to Friday, at 16 was thrilling but tiring. Our days in the kitchen started at 9am and finished at 5pm each day. I would then go and work in a kitchen as a paid chef from 6pm-10pm.

Weekends were a no-go. I would then work from 6.30am to 10pm every other weekend and study on alternate weekends. Welcome to the real life of a chef. Or lack of.

During my time at Westminster, I had opportunities to work at the Dorchester Hotel, Hilton Park Lane, City Rhodes, Houses of Commons and Marco Pierre White’s, Belvedere.

This experience helped a team of 6 chefs win the country's biggest catering competition, Toque D’or.

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