Salads & Small Plates

This is a quick, herb-packed salad for when you’re craving a fresh but flavoursome lunch or light dinner. To make it into more of a main meal, add a second tin of chickpeas or other beans, some cooked lentils, quinoa or roasted vegetables. The meatballs are delicious served hot or cold....

This epic dish combines pan-fried halloumi with shredded crunchy cabbage, fresh herbs and lots of zingy lemon to create a satisfying salad. I love serving this as part of a summer Sunday lunch spread or for a light dinner. You can also serve with pan-fried chicken or crumbled with feta instead of the halloumi. ...

I absolutely love Syrian food. Aleppo chilli flakes are a dried and flaked turkish chilli, named after the Syrian city of Aleppo. I love adding them to scrambled eggs, any curries or stews and sprinkled on salads, as I’ve done here. Feel free to use any beans or nuts you have in the cupboard....

Banish flashbacks of bland tomato salads with this salad. I love this with fresh, in-season cherry tomatoes: use yellow and red if you can get them, but if you’ve got regular tomatoes, just dice them up. I only make this when I’ve got ripe tomatoes that taste of the sun!...

Everyone loves serving feta in watermelon salads but I don’t think it needs it! This is such a simple salad that, on paper, doesn’t look too special. Tossed together with fresh herbs and some quality extra-virgin olive oil, this dish is a reminder that simple is often best!...

I’m a pro at using what you’ve got. Traditional pesto is made with pinenuts but I always change according to what nuts or seeds need using up at home. I had the very last hazelnuts to use up, ones I bought a few months ago to make a hazelnut choc butter. I’ve gone for basil here but use a mix...

This fresh and vibrant salad is perfect for when your farmer’s market is packed with ripe, sweet tomatoes. Only use this recipe as inspiration, instead let your local grocer or market guide you on what’s in season and build your salad around that. You can store your leftover herb pesto in the fridge for a few days until ready to...

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