This unusual combination was inspired by a Strawberry Black Pudding Salad I had years ago in a tiny restaurant in Clonakilty, right beside the butcher who makes the famous Clonakilty Black Pudding, which is arguably the best you’ll find anywhere in Ireland. With oats that get crunchy when frying and its fantastic depth of flavour. Together with strawberries, each mouthful tastes like a party in your mouth, umami, sweet and fruity, crunch and juiciness creating a very more-ish mix. It also is incredibly quick to prepare, with just a few ingredients, while giving you a great calorie vs volume ratio.
As with most of my salads, I aimed to add as many plants as possible. Looking for good matches with the base idea of Strawberries and Black Pudding, I feel cucumber adds more crunch and juiciness, sweet mini peppers and/or Romano peppers with their sweet flavour support the fruitiness of the salad and red onion gives both sweetness and contrast, going very well with the black pudding. And of course, greens of some kind. I chose mixed baby leaves here for peppery accents and a softer texture, as the Black Pudding has lots of crunch already.
I loved this Strawberry Black Pudding Salad served with my Almond-Strawberry Vinaigrette for less calories and more nutrition, compared to a classic vinaigrette, but you could make one of those too if you prefer. Ideally use balsamic vinegar here, as it accentuates the Strawberries and completes the salad really. To me, this is one of those perfect meals that allows you to lose weight (if you want to), as it satisfies all the cravings at once and fills you until the next meal with its high fibre content.
How does this help you to lose weight?
The portion size here is given for the Strawberry Black Pudding Salad to be a main meal. One large plate filled to the top.
This way of eating is big part of how I lost a lot of weight and am keeping it off, since the high volume of plants easily fills and satisfies you, while keeping the calories low.
If you’d like to serve it as starter or side, it makes about 6-8 portions.
As most of the large salads you find on this site, I prepared this as meal prep for my workdays and the ingredients were stored in separate glass containers with lids, to keep them fresh. When ready to serve, fry or reheat the Black Pudding, assemble and you have dinner within 10 minutes.
I served this with my Wholewheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread, which I had just freshly made that day. A bit of cold butter on it, or just use it to mop up all the delicious Strawberry Almond dressing and you are set.
For a vegetaian main meal check my Sumac Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Black Garlic Mushroom sauce. Or this stunning Sweet Potato Grape Salad with Goats Cheese.
Now I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Have you tried this? Did you enjoy it?
What other recipes would you like to see?
Strawberry Black Pudding Salad
- 2 packs Black Pudding I used Clonakilty. Only 1 in the picture here, as I kept the second in the fridge to fry it fresh a few days later, cut into thick slices, about 1.5 cm/ 0.7in
- 1 cucumber cubed
- 2 cups fresh strawberries hulled and cut into halves or quarters, depending on size
- 2 Romano peppers and/or mini sweet peppers cut into strips crosswise
- 2 bags baby leaves washed
- Almond-Strawberry Vinaigrette here…
- Preheat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the sliced black pudding and cook until crispy on both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large salad bowl, combine the baby leaves with the dressing of your choice. (I used my Almond-Strawberry Vinaigrette here, but if you prefer you can make a simple olive oil-balsamic vinaigrette)
- Add the cubed cucumber, strawberries, and pepper strips.
- Top with the warm Black Pudding, drizzle with a little more dressing. Enjoy!
When ready to serve, fry or reheat the Black Pudding, assemble and you have dinner within 10 minutes. The 4 portions are very large main meal bowls, to satisfy you until the next meal. It’s one of the “secrets” of my weight loss journey, to eat a really big and exciting salad for dinner, so I don’t feel like I need to snack. The nutrition here is an estimate and will change mainly based on the brand of black pudding you use.
Calories: Approximately 200-300
Fat: Approximately 10-15 grams
Protein: Approximately 10-15 grams
Carbohydrates: Approximately 20-30 grams
Fiber: Approximately 5-10 grams
Sugar: Approximately 5-10 grams