Seeking comfort is instinctual, especially in the winter and during difficult (weird) times. I too have found myself with a hand in the cookie jar more often than normal! As a Nutritional Therapist, it’s important to have a positive approach and rather than support extremes or guilt, I like to suggest clients crowd out the not as great, with the really good for you. What can we add to our plate that evokes the feeling of hygge (comfort, cozy!) and build us up nutritionally?

This salad is warm, light, flavourful and feels indulgent with toasted pecans. It is perfect for a lunch or a dinner and can be eaten alone or alongside something else. The pecans are a must!

(Serves 4 as a side or 2 as a main)

1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
3 handfuls of kale
3 handfuls of spinach
½ cup pecans, lightly toasted and chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. honey
1 lemon, juiced.
Pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, toss the cauliflower very lightly in olive oil and sea salt. Bake for 30 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, tear up or chop the kale into bite sized bits. Pour over the salad dressing and massage with your hands for about 1 – 2 minutes, just until the kale has softened up.
  3. When the cauliflower is done, toss the spinach with the kale, and top with cauliflower and pecans.