Happiness Salad

Happiness Salad. (There’s an oxymoron right there). I decided I had to create a salad. Salads mean goodness. Salads mean piousness. Salads are eaten by people who want to live for many years, so they can do lots of things.

Salads also mean boring. So I turbocharged mine. There are so many items in this Happiness Salad, it needs its own library to store the ingredients list.


To create the Happiness Salad you will need:

  • A living lettuce
  • 6  tomatoes
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 mango
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 lime
  • a handful of cashews
  • 1 roasted chicken breast
  • 1 fillet steak, fried rare
  • big dash sweet chilli sauce
  • salt and pepper

Living lettuce? What the hell? Well its one of those things you buy in a supermarket that is growing in a pot – it’s still alive. Waste of money? No! It’s still alive as I write this, 2 weeks after I acquired it. For £1. There’s some value.


About the most technical aspect of this salad is getting the pomegranate seeds out, a trick I learned some time ago at Stefan’s Gourmet. First you slice around the skin.


Then twist to separate the two halves.


Notice the crapness of my pomegranate. So much pith and so few seeds (compare to the fruit in the Youtube video in the link above). That’s the problem buying things from a supermarket. Crap.

Anyway, hold the fruit over a bowl of water and whack it with a wooden spoon to release the seeds. The water helps to separate out the seeds from the pith.


Now prepare all the other ingredients. Slice and dice. Chop and peel.


Really now this is all about presentation. Get a big serving dish, cut some lettuce and arrange on the plate.


Layer on the sliced tomatoes.


Next the sliced spring onions.


Too much salad. Lets stick the chopped up chicken on.


Now some more health: mango (mangled in this case, rather than finely chopped up) and the pomegranate seeds.


Next the cashews, for some additional protein and extra crunch.


And finally the steak, sliced, lime wedges and some chilli sauce.


So there you have it. Luxury salad from the House of Happiness Stan. Next time normal service is resumed with Short Ribs.

10 thoughts on “Happiness Salad

  1. WTF! Salad! Sorry for the language as I now realise your children are reading. However, if you allow them play such violent computer games, a bit of bad language will be the least of it. Nice salad BTW.

  2. Or as my brother in law says, ‘you don’t make friends with salad.’ I think he’s wrong and I reguarly make friends with various salads of many different kinds. I would certainly befriend a living lettuce. The pomegranate is a nice touch. As is the son using your blog as a means of communication, hope to God my kids never learn how to do that. (Particularly as I write about them sometimes.)

  3. Looks good. I choose caesar salad because it has bacon and bread and a rich creamy sauce but it has lettuce (and cheese), but lettuce and it’s a salad so it must be good right!!!

    • yes i have it. And don’t use my food blog to look for video games this is a highly professional and very serious food blog. You kids don’t appreciate high culture. Stop playing crummy computer games and read a good book instead.

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