Category Archives: Salads

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

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INGREDIENTS
1 Cauliflower
1 Red onion, chopped
4 Radishes, sliced
2 Large tomatoes, diced
2 Handfuls of chopped parsley
1 Handful of chopped mint leaves
Juice of one lemon
Salt, pepper and a splash of olive oil

METHOD
Process raw cauliflower in food processor until it looks like rice. Put in bowl and cover with cling-film. Pierce film and microwave on high for 7 minutes. Allow to cool totally and mix in all the other ingredients. Mix well and add a sprinkling of flaked almonds as garnish. How healthy does it get?

Maggi’s Salad

IMG_1076This salad is a real family favourite. I have called it Maggi”s Salad. I had the idea from a salad served in an American restaurant called Maggianos which is an absolutely fabulous Italian restaurant chain.

Ingredients for 4
1 Romaine & 1 Iceberg lettuce cut into chunks
Half a cup of cooked lardons (or pancetta)
Half a cup of diced Danish Blue cheese
Half a finely sliced red onion left to steep in cold water
Honey Vinagrette Dressing, see under Sauces and Dressings

Method
Cook up the lardons until crisp and set aside. Drain the red onions. Mix all together and dress to taste.

Simple Chicken Salad for 2

Chicken Breast Salad 200 Kcal
Ingredients & Method
This is really so basic it is hardly worth writing. Fill a bowl with (almost) non-calorific salad vegies like romaine lettice, tomato, cucumber, courgette, grated carrot, celery, beetroot if you like it; the list goes on for ever.
Dress with 2 tablespoonfuls of light salad cream mixed with 2 tablespoonfuls of water and 1 teaspoonful of grainy mustard.
Top this with 4 oz of cooked chicken per person. Easy!

Chicken with Vietnamese Coleslaw for 2

IMG_0225Photo of Tandoori Chicken with Vietnamese Coleslaw

Ingredients for 2
7 oz cooked chicken breast
1 hot red chilli, chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 red onion, sliced
Cabbage, enough for 2, finely sliced
2 teaspoonfuls rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoonfuls lime juice
2 teaspoonfuls sugar
1 tablespoonful chopped mint
1 1/2 tablespoonfuls fish sauce

Method
Combine chilli, garlic, sugar, vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce, onion and black pepper to taste. Leave to soak for half an hour or so. Shred cabbage and grate carrot. Mix and add onion dressing and mint. Mix with cabbage and leave for a hour to soften.
Serve with shredded chicken on top.

Fusion Starter Salad

  • For two people
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2-4 tasty tomatoes depending on size
  • half a small red onion finely sliced
  • 4 slices of parma or serrano ham
  • 1 lime
  • parmesan shaved from a piece
  • salt pepper
  • olive oil to drizzle
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

Peel the avocado and remove the stone.
Cut the avocado and the tomato into chunks and arrange on two plates. Scatter over the red onion and ham torn into smaller pieces. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over a little olive oil and juice from the lime.Scatter with the parmesan shavings and chopped coriander.

A strange combination I know but it really works!!