Caprese Tomato Pasta Salad

We seem to live off salad in the summer – to me there is not much more delightful than an array of stunning salads to dive into on a warm sunny day. But if we have them too often it’s easy to revert to the old family favourites again and again. My girls love pasta salad,…

Tapenade couscous salad

I’ve had a recent hankering for all things olive – I developed a taste for olives only in my mid-twenties and it was definitely a slow burner – starting off with eating one off a pizza to a nibble now and then. Now I sometimes just really want an olive or two! This salad is delightfully…

English spring garden salad

  You know that phrase used in American burger restaurants ‘take a walk through the garden’? Well, this is the elegant, English equivalent re-imagined onto your plate. What is it with me and competitions? I never ever, ever win them. Even if only a few others have entered I still don’t win. I came across…

Mexican Rice and Beans Salad

The sun is shining and it’s starting to feel a little warmer – yippee! After the long dark, cold months there suddenly light and colour, oh what joy! I was intending on cooking another hearty vegetable soup for lunch but the sun’s warming rays made me quickly shelve that idea. What we needed was some…

Coronation chickpeas

Coronation chicken is such a ubiquitous buffet dish and sandwich filling in the UK, and its something I had yet to replicate as a vegetarian. So here’s a recipe for a fully meat free version, inspired by one I saw a while back on a lovely blog I follow called ‘more than greens‘. I never…

Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw

Whenever I buy a beautiful red cabbage I always end up with a good portion hanging around in the fridge looking forlorn and unwanted. And because they last for so long, it sits there and sits there, making me feel a little guilty every time I look in the vegetable rack. Well this deliciously tangy…

Fiery beetroot salad

Why buy a ready-made salad pot when this one tastes far better, can be whipped up in moments and you have the satisfaction of homemade food? Beetroot can certainly divide opinion – when I was in primary school I distinctly remember beetroot being served with everything (and I mean those cold vinegary slices) – sausages and beetroot…

Black Bean Salsa

This is a nifty little recipe for an interesting variation on a ‘regular’ salsa. Inspired by a delicious lunch I had at the fabulous the Gate Restaurant the other day, this is my take on black bean salsa. Wonderful scooped up with tortilla chips, as an addition to a wonderful Mexican main course (recipe coming soon!) or…

Mediterranean Salad

  I guess you could say this is a combination of a salade Nicoise and a Greek salad – featuring the punchy flavours of olives, roasted peppers and basil mixed with the fresh vibrancy of ripe cherry tomatoes and fine green beans. Ideal at any time of year, I think this salad particularly sings in…

Zesty chickpea salad

What do you think of chickpeas (are they called garbanzo beans in the USA)? I’m a bit unsure – they’re great whizzed up, but so often I find them dry and pasty. So when I started experimenting with chickpea salad ideas I really, really didn’t think I’d like any of the end results. How wrong…