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Hi, thanks for coming to my About Me page!



It always feels a bit strange writing about yourself, so I thought the easiest way would be if I did it in a question-answer format. If you have any more questions about me which I have not addressed, feel free to ask in the Comment section below!




Who are you?

My name is Erum. I am currently living in Dubai (UAE) but have also lived in lots of other places:

Geneva (Switzerland); Cambridge (England); New York (USA); Maryland (USA); London (UK); Oxford (UK); Islamabad (Pakistan); Copenhagen (Denmark); Muscat (Oman); and now Dubai. Coming to a city near you soon, perhaps…


Why are you qualified to write about Salads and healthy eating?

Healthy eating is not rocket science – it is just about regular people making the right choices every day. I am ‘regular people’ and I make the same choices as you do every day about what to eat and what to feed my family. Like a lot of you who are reading this, I have read a lot about nutrition and I have also read a lot of cookbooks and blogs. I know when something tastes good and when it is good for me, and those are the recipes, restaurants and products that I am posting about.


Why did you start this blog?

I originally started this blog as a personal incentive to eat more healthily. I was feeling bored and uninspired by the salads I was making at home (NOT ‘lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil and balsamic vinegar’ yet again!) so I started looking for more exciting ways to incorporate a variety of fresh fruit and veggies into my everyday diet. My blog lets me keep track of all the delicious salad recipes I have made so I can share them with others. Along the way, I also started writing my own thoughts about life in general, often things that I think about while I am making the recipe.


Do you write about Restaurants and Products?

I am happy to write about restaurants and products which promote healthy eating, with a particular focus on salads.

Send me an email at connect@totalsalads.com to discuss a feature on my blog if…

– you have a restaurant which serves great salads and want people to know about it

– you have awesome products which help people make delicious salads at home

– you would like to reach an audience who are actively searching for healthy eating options

– you feel that your restaurant or product fits in with my blog


Please note that I have a strong sense of integrity and features about restaurants and products will always reflect my honest opinion.


Are all the photographs on this blog taken by you?

Yes, all the photographs are taken by me, unless otherwise stated. If you would like to reproduce any content from my blog, please email me at connect@totalsalads.com. All content is copyrighted.



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  1. I love your blog! Salads can be so hearty and versatile!

    • Thanks Mimi! Yes, salads can be really filling especially if you remember to add some protein (my faves are chicken, beans or feta cheese). And of course the beauty of most salads is that you can use pretty much whatever you have in the house as long as you get the dressing right.

  2. Hello Erum :) I am so glad I found your blog. Eating a plant based diet I often get comments from people – ”well what do you eat like? Salad???”
    Your blog shows how amazing salads can be and especially how many different salads can be made.
    Thanks for the inspiration :) Next time someone asks me if all I can eat is salad I will send them your blog.

    • Thanks Stephanie! You really understand what I’m trying to do with this blog, which is to show all the options for salads out there other than just ‘lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber’. I hope you enjoy the recipes, and if you have any great salad recipes which you make I would love to hear about them! Thanks for your support :-)

  3. salaam erum i just read ur blog .im happy to see it.because i havnt come along too many pakistani bloggers.correct me if im wrong.but its good.

    • Thanks Nausheen, I’m glad to hear you like my blog! There are actually several very good Pakistani bloggers out there. Thanks for your comment :-)

  4. Erum, I really likes your blog, can you please tell me which Olive Oil in health and best for cookin. Please email me at (email address removed).

    • Hi Shiraz, glad to know that you like my blog.
      Which type of olive oil to use for cooking is very debatable but I would only cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) or Virgin Olive Oil (VOO). Some people say that low-grade olive oil (often labelled ‘refined’, ‘pure’ or ‘pomace’) should be used for cooking since EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) can be quite expensive. However, having learned about olive oils I prefer to cook with EVOO – I just use a less expensive bottle of EVOO to cook with.
      Regular olive oil has undergone chemical processing to extract the oil and make it edible while EVOO and VOO have only undergone mechanical pressing, so no chemicals involved.
      As with all cooking oils, you need to make sure you don’t allow the oil to reach smoking point, which for olive oil is 195*C/383*F. Hope that helps!

  5. Can you tell me where I can order Dominus Cosecha Temprana olive oil. Thank you

    • Hi Don, thanks for your question. I have just added a link to MONVA’s website at the beginning of my Product Feature on Dominus Cosecha Temprana. If you contact them directly telling them where you would like the delivery, they should be able to direct you to a vendor who can deliver the olive oil to your location. Hope that helps!

  6. […] Persian cuisine ~ spinach, feta cheese, walnuts, and pomegranate. This recipe actually belongs to Erum from TotalSalads.com, who has been kind enough to let me repost it […]

  7. I use local cold pressed Rapeseed oil, not so heavy as Olive oil. Just a personal preference tried most of the others.

    • Hi June! Yes, everyone has their favourite oils. I haven’t used rapeseed oil, but am a huge extra virgin olive oil fan. The more EVOO’s I taste, the more I realise how different they can all be. Some are less heavy than others :-)