Salads & Small Plates

This is an Italian-inspired salad, using crunchy radicchio leaves and a simple dressing. Radicchio has crisp, tightly packed leaves and a delicate, slightly bitter flavour that works well with the peppery-ness of the watercress. You can also use endive or chicory. The honey in the dressing adds a welcome sweetness to the salad but you can also use maple syrup...

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. ...

The zingy five spice sesame dressing is the key to this bold Chinese chicken salad. Poach a whole chicken and then shred the meat to toss through with the crunchy cabbage, carrots and spring onion. This makes a great packed lunch, just take the nuts in a tupperware container to sprinkle on before eating....

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!...

Subscribe

Hello! Sign up to my newsletter to receive all my favourite recipes, latest news and behind-the-scenes of my new cookbook EAT HAPPY.
Melissa x