Martina Camilleri | Salads; more than just lettuce

Martina Camilleri at Food Therapy - for a conscious living shows us that salads are more than just your regular lettuce, with her basic green salad with sauteed oyster mushrooms, ttopped with salad dressing and a carrot and beet slaw

Martina Camilleri puts together a basic green salad with sauteed oyster mushrooms. This is topped with salad dressing and carrot and beet slaw. Carrots are a great source of beta carotene, vitamin A and B6. Beetroots are a great source of folate and glycine betaine which can lower homocysteine levels and promote a healthy cardiovascular system.

Carrot and beet slaw


  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • 1 beetroot (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Half a cup of black raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/ ½ teaspoon dried cumin


Just mix everything in a bowl and enjoy. Store in the fridge in a sealed container/bowl and eat within three days.

Basic green salad with sauteed oyster mushrooms


  • ¼ Romaine lettuce chopped
  • Handful of kale
  • Handful of spinach
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh coriander (it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have this! You can replace it with ground coriander and add it to the carrot and beet slaw or simply eliminate it!)
  • Half a large cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon umeboshi plum paste (can be found at Casa Natura or Good Earth)


Wilt the kale and spinach and add a teaspoon of the umeboshi plum paste. Mix everything together.

For the Mushrooms:

  • Handful oyster mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil/ sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


Heat up a non-stick pan. Melt the coconut oil and add the garlic. Add the rest of the ingredients and saute until the mushrooms are soft, but do not over-cook them.


Place the salad into a bowl.

Add the beet and carrot slaw and the sauteed mushrooms. Drizzle a tablespoon of tahini over the mushrooms and a teaspoon of sesame seeds or flax seeds over the whole salad. Add as much of the ‘Ultimate green salad dressing’ as you wish! You can also add half an avocado or half a cup of some boiled buckwheat or millet.


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