Imitating Pret a Manger’s Superfood Salad

Curitibanos By | September 22, 2013

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My London nostalgia comes back to attack me in different ways. Sometimes I long to smell the London air, other times I desperately want to shop in Selfridges. Last week I could swear I’m was smelling Pret a manger’s distinctive aroma of croissants baking mixed with freshly brewed coffee. When I couldn’t shake the memory off, one thought led to another and I found myself looking longingly a recent picture of Pret’s superfood salad, the one below to be specific.



From what I could put together from my memory -and picture-, I recall it had quinoa, some brown seeds, sesame, beetroots, the fancy lettuce you could get at Sultan Center, cucumbers, hummus, cherry tomatoes, and some dressing on the side. Then I thought to myself since most of the ingredients are available in Kuwait already, why don’t I try and imitate it at home? How hard can it be?


Therefore I went online to Pret’s website, navigated to the superfood salad ingredients and nutritional information page, and jack pot! All the ingredients where indeed there. Following the ingredient’s list and trying to guess how everything went together, here is my imitation Pret’s superfood salad. What do you think?


Now how did I prepare it? Fancy lettuce on the side, quinoa chargrilled red peppers parsley and lemon juice mixture in the middle, surrounded by cucumber slices, beetroot strips, and cherry tomatoes. For the hummus I used the ready to eat one from Sultan center and sprinkled it with sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and some black seeds I had with me. Sadly I had no toasted seed omega sprinkles or black barley on me to complete the salad the way it is sold at Pret.


Pret’s salad uses French dressing and since I had a bottle of Nature Land’s French dressing I used a dollop on top of my salad after I was done taking pictures.


Did it taste the same? Of course it didn’t! The hummus was much smoother than Pret’s chunky hummus and the cucumbers weren’t the huge ones used in London but I have to say the taste was very similar but my plan backfired, I wanted to go to London more than ever. Pret’s food must be eaten in London or else it won’t make sense :'(

If you are in the UK please have a superfood’s salad on my behalf :)

6 Responses to “Imitating Pret a Manger’s Superfood Salad”

  1. liza says:

    I love this pret salad! Thanx for sharing the ingredients!

  2. Erica says:

    The Superfood Salad was hands-down the most fabulous salad of my life, happily discovered at Heathrow a few weeks ago. Wasn’t I lucky to stop in there! I savored every bite, with lots of contented sighing. After that, it didn’t matter if the plane was late! I too was searching to recreate the flavors, will give it a try. I hope you get back to London before too long : )

    • danderma says:

      Lucky you! You found the salad in Heathrow! By the time we make it through security it is almost always time to board the plane and Pret’s shelves are all but empty!
      I totally understand what you mean, you can somehow “recreate” it but it would never taste the same. It helps if you live in a place with good quality fresh produce all year long though! Do let me know how it turned out for you and thank you for stopping by :)

  3. Eiman says:

    Hahaha.. I was looking online for the recipe and your website appeared!
    I remember you posting a picture on Instagram last year, but did not realize that you actually made a post about it. It has been a year since I have checked my favourite blogs (yours is my most favourite) but I guess this salad will be a nice way to lure myself back to it..
    Thanks Dandoon! You have always been a great inspiration..

    • danderma says:

      Aww thank you for your kind words! Almost everything I post in instagram can be found on my blog though its been a while since I’ve written anything! You are most welcome and I do hope you enjoy your salad at home. It won’t be the exact same but at least it would settle your craving for sure!