Sue’s Salad

This simple little salad created by Optimising Nutrition superstar Sue Davies can be used as a nutrient-dense snack or as a side for just about anything to boost your vitamin and minerals.  

It combines a range of nutrient-dense vegetables to provide a flavour-filled dose of nutrients with just a few calories.  

Fennel is a versatile vegetable (which is actually a member of the carrot family) that brings tons of vitamin A, potassium and vitamin K1.  Leek provides folate and iron

Arugula and spinach provide a solid dose of vitamin C, copper and calcium.  Mushrooms boost vitamins B2, B3 and B5.  


One serve provides 32 calories, 2 g protein, 0.4 g fat, 3.8 g of net carbs and P:E = 0.5.


The Cronometer screengrab below shows the nutrients provided by 2000 calories of this recipe relative to the Optimal Nutrient Intakes.  



  • 15 g spinach
  • 20 g rocket
  • 20 g fennel
  • 10 g leek
  • 1 radish
  • 1 mushroom, sliced
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • One sprig of cilantro/coriander, leaves pulled off the stalk


  • Place the spinach and rocket in a salad bowl. 
  • Use a mandoline (if you have one) to thinly shave the fennel, radish and leek and add to the salad.  If you don’t have a mandoline, use a knife and finely slice.
  • Add the mushroom and tomato, then top with cilantro leaves.