Summer salads

Salad bowls

Summer means one thing, lighter days and lighter suppers. I have lots of people ask me for recipes for salad and these are so much more than leaves on a plate! They can all be used as sides to any of my main dishes, such as my chickpea burgers, or just enjoyed on their own. I will also share with you a couple of my go to salad dressings, which I usually make a big jar of and store in the fridge to make any salad delicious. These are great as sides to your picnics or BBQ!

CUCUMBER SALAD

Ingredients:

1 cucumber
1 tsp sesame seeds
juice of 1/2 lemon
tbsp fresh mint, chopped
pomegranate seeds

What to do…

Wash and chop the ends off your cucumber. Then using a wide peeler, or carefully with a knife make very thin strips. Chop the mint and toss together with the cucumber and sesame seeds. Squeeze over the lemon juice and top with pomegranate seeds. This salad tastes delicious dressed with my tahini dressing.

TAHINI DRESSING

Ingredients:

tbsp tahini
juice of 1/2 lemon
tsp mustard
tsp maple syrup (or honey)
tbsp olive oil
tbsp warm water
tbsp soya (or normal) yoghurt
pinch of salt and pepper

What to do…

Add all the ingredients to a jar, put the lid on and shake well. The tahini is a little difficult to mix so you may need to whisk it together by hand with a fork.

BEET AND CARROT SALAD

Ingredients:

2 beetroots
2-4 large carrots
handful of mint
tbsp of seeds

What to do…

Grate the beetroots into a bowl. You can either grate or spiralise your carrots into the same bowl, add the mint and toss together with your hands. Finish with a sprinkle of seeds. This salad definitely needs a dressing, the tahini dressing tastes great with it or alternatively use my lemony dressing below.

LEMONY DRESSING

2 tbsp olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
tsp honey
tsp mustard
pinch of salt and pepper

What to do…

Juice your lemon into a jar, depending on the size and how much juice you get from it the idea is to roughly double the amount of oil, so you have 2 parts oil to one part lemon juice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake well to combine. Taste the dressing, if its too tart, add a little more oil and honey. If its too sweet, add more lemon and oil.

I hope you enjoy my summery dishes. tbc x

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