I love this salad from Yotam Ottolenghi – he describes it as his Valentine’s Day salad, as it represents the realistic flavours of love: bitter and sweet. However, there are many reasons to serve this salad to your family and friends, not the least of which is the...
Archive for category: Salads
I recently wrote a piece on the wonderful Castelluccio lentils from Umbria and here is a recipe which really shows them off in all their gastronomic glory. This makes a great salad to accompany grilled chicken or fish but it is also a meal in itself and is a...
This is a quick and easy, but oh so tasty salad to prepare which will serve 4 as a side dish or two as a light meal. If you can’t get hold of Persian lentils, you can use Puy lentils which work just as well and Greek feta is...
I have always loved a watermelon and feta salad – so refreshing and such a wonderful combination of flavour and texture, but add some sweet prawns and a herb salad and you have the Mediterranean on a plate – colour, flavour and texture to perfection. Add some crusty bread...
This salad makes a lovely accompaniment to spice-rubbed grilled chicken or fish – the refreshing cucumbers make the perfect counterpoint to the spices. Baby cucumbers can be left unpeeled, while white cucumbers do have a thick bitter skin, so they are best peeled. I do like to make this...
I love using tomatoes as they always provide such a vibrancy to a dish. This pasta freddo uses both heirloom and cherry tomatoes, which when combined with the creamy baked ricotta, the bright green of the peppery rocket, the parsley and the white of the pasta is a visual...
Anything that has asparagus and feta in it immediately has my attention, then add mint, cos lettuce, anchovies and lemon and I am already preparing the dish. This is sensational and with or without the egg (I do like the poached egg) this is just so right on every...
This is a favourite salad of mine which can be used with both thinly sliced beef and chicken, depending on your preferences. I particularly like this salad as I grow radicchio, flat-leaf parsley, rosemary and rocket in my garden, so it makes the preparation of the salad very simple and...
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