Couscous with Sweet Potato, Snap Peas and Mint

The sweet heat from the spiced sweet potato against the cool, refreshing mint and peas is a very summery combination – fantastic alongside some barbequed lamb or sausages. Also great on its own as a healthy lunch. Feeds 4 as a side Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes Olive oilContinue reading “Couscous with Sweet Potato, Snap Peas and Mint”

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Fresh, vibrant and a bit unexpected, this is a dream winter salad. Before you make this, do ensure the avocado is ripe and the grapefruit is sweet. Otherwise, it won’t really work. Feeds 2 Ingredients 1 small head of lettuce, washed, dried and torn into pieces 1 large red grapefruit, segmented (see instructions below) 1Continue reading “Grapefruit and Avocado Salad”

Greek Pasta Salad

Fantastic with barbequed meats, or on its own as a packed lunch. You’ll need to dig out the biggest bowl you have – this makes a lot! Feeds at least 4 as a main, 8 as a side Ingredients 500g fusilli pasta Salt 2 bell peppers, de-seeded and chopped 1 whole cucumber, halved lengthwise, seedsContinue reading “Greek Pasta Salad”

Warm Salad of Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pecans, Feta and Dried Cranberries

A Christmassy salad if ever there was one. Feeds 2 as a light lunch Ingredients 500g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved through the stem Olive oil Salt and pepper Handful of pecans Handful dried cranberries 50g feta cheese Method: Roast the Brussels sprouts. Meanwhile, toast the pecans by adding them to a dry frying panContinue reading “Warm Salad of Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pecans, Feta and Dried Cranberries”

Antipasti Salad

A lightly pickled vegetable salad that goes with everything. Eat alongside cold ham, cooked chicken or white fish, or with a big dollop of hummus, some cured meats and a lovely hard Italian cheese. If you can find romanesco cauliflower, it looks beautiful in this salad. But regular cauliflower is just as delicious. The boilingContinue reading “Antipasti Salad”

Festive Fruit Salad

I make this as part of my Christmas breakfast alongside some warmed croissants, really good jam and a glass of Champagne. Whether part of a festive brunch, eaten on the day itself, or even just as a snack, this combination is delicious and feels special. As a festive bonus, it’s very nutritious! Feeds 4 IngredientsContinue reading “Festive Fruit Salad”

Chicory, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad

In festive red and green, this refreshing salad is a welcome change from heavier Christmas fare. The salad dressing makes more than you’ll need for this, but will keep in the fridge for about a week. No excuse not to eat your greens! Feeds 2 as a side or starter, or 1 as a lightContinue reading “Chicory, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad”

Warm Chorizo & Spinach Salad

Just 10-minutes or less and you’ve got a super nutritious lunch or light dinner. Feeds 2 Ingredients 110g cured Spanish-style chorizo, sliced into thick coins 1 tsp olive oil 1 tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 2 – 3 roasted red peppers from a jar, drained and roughly chopped Handful green olives 2 large handfulsContinue reading “Warm Chorizo & Spinach Salad”

Melon and Prosciutto

The Italian classic. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 1 small ripe cantaloupe 8 slices prosciutto A few small basil leaves Good quality extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Method: Halve the cantaloupe and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Slice into moons and carefully remove the rind. Arrange the slices casually –Continue reading “Melon and Prosciutto”