Jacket Potato & Tomato Salad

Following a cloudy and rainy week all I was craving was carbs!! This made me explore this national favorite here in the UK
This can also be a quick mid-week meal if you are in no mood to cook a complicated meal 🙂 Always love the ‘keep it simple’ ones as they can be a savior some days

Was curious to find a faster way to cook/ bake a jacket potato, here is what I found after viewing a few YouTube videos – you can reduce you baking time by more than half by popping the potatoes in a microwave for 10 mins!! Who knew?!! 😉

Cook time: 30 mins       Prep Time: 10 mins


  • 3-4 Baking potatoes (once basked they store well in the fridge for 2-3 days)
  • 2- 3 table spoons of olive oil
  • a sprinkle of mixed dried herbs
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • handful of cherry tomatoes
  • quarter of a cucumber
  • 5-6 Kalamata olives
  • handful of rocket
  • half an avacado
  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic
  • Parmesan shaves

Wash the baking potatoes and wipe them dry, add 2 drops of olive oil on the and coat them using your fingers. Now take a fork and poke them on all sides

This is a good time to turn your oven on to 220c fan or alter the heat to suit your type of oven

Now, sprinkle some salt, pepper and dried herbs of your choice, I used dried mixed herbs from M&S and cook them in the microwave for 5mins then turn over to cook the other side for another 5mins (total of 10mins)

They should have cooked through by now, place them in the hot oven for 20mins and your crispy, crusted jacket potato is now ready!!

For fillings you can choose from cheese, beans, bacon, salmon. I’ve used cottage cheese here, and a dash of chilli and garlic sauce! These sauces take it to a whole other level!! Definitely recommend 🙂

Now for the salad, I’ve used some rocket, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives and avocado. For the dressing, I’ve kept it really simple, some olive oil, balsamic, fresh ground pepper and a sprinkle of Parmesan shaves!

Summer is almost here and it’s time for fresh and easy to prepare georgous salads!

Happy cooking 😉

note: please make sure you use ‘baking potatoes’!

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