Latest Salad & Sides Recipes

Sun-dried Tomato Dip w/ Basil

This versatile dip is quick, easy and very, very tasty.  It can be whipped up in seconds and brings an instant mediterranean  vibe to any meal. Use it as a dip with crudité,…

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Hemp Tabbouleh

This is my take on the traditional Lebanese dish, tabbouleh using a couple of unusual superfoods to help elevate the nutritional content of the dish. The main ingredient is hemp, which is a complete…

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Tomato Bruschetta

The key to this recipe is the quality of your tomatoes.  It’s worth paying extra for the best quality tomatoes you can afford/find, ones with a deep red hue which you know will…

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Padron Peppers

Padron Peppers are not spicy but are slightly bitter and sweet.  I love to serve this tapas dish doused in good quality olive oil and sea salt. They’re great on the BBQ as…

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Middle Eastern Cabbage Slaw

The humble white cabbage is the star of the show here, it’s an amazing health food as it’s especially high in vitamins C and K, helps improve digestive health and combat inflammation. I…

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Beetroot Tzatziki

This eye catching dish is easy to make and the addition of kefir gives it an extra probiotic hit. Make sure you use a thicker kefir and add it gradually so that you…

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Gorgonzola & Kefir Dressing

This simple, probiotic salad dressing is easy to put together.  I served it with charred broccoli, radicchio, apple and walnut as shown in the photo above but it would be really delicious as…

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Watercress Pesto

Watercress Pesto is a delicious and nutritious alternative to the classic basil version but can be used in the same way. Watercress is high antioxidants and vitamins C and K and it contains…

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Aubergine Caponata

I’ve tried many different versions of this Sicilian dish but this is inspired by a recipe I picked up years ago from Rick Stein’s Mediterranean cook book.  I’ve tweaked it to my own…

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Red Rice, Chickpea & Pomegranate Salad

This salad is so easy to throw together and would make a great addition to any weekday packed lunch. (serves 6-8 as  side dish) Ingredients 1 cup cooked red rice 400g tin chickpeas…

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Pearl Barley w/ Fresh Tomato Sauce

This tomato dish is incredibly versatile. You can use it with pasta, spaghetti, most grains and it goes well with fish and chicken too. You can replace the Parmesan with Feta as that…

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Cretan Tomato Salad

This salad is not dissimilar to an Italian Panzanella. Here I blitz the tomatoes rather than macerating them and then the salad is finished with Greek flavours and garnishes.  It’s a great salad…

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Courgette & Onion Bhajis

  This recipe if fairly straight forward and can be served as a side dish with a curry, as a starter or as light lunch or dinner with some salad. If you’re not…

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Squash & Kale Tray Bake

Squash and Kale go so well together and it’s the sweetness of the squash and the sun-dried tomatoes along with the bitterness of the kale that makes this a winning combination. Feta adds…

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Sanguine Orange Salad w/ Baked Feta Crumbs & Mint

This salad is pretty straightforward to assemble so I haven’t included any weight measurements.   Ingredients Sanguine/Blood oranges, peeled and pith removed Feta cheese Black olives (I used Niçoise olives but Greek Kalamata…

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Beetroot Hummus

I love the colours in this dish, the contrasts make it so eye catching. The hummus can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to three days. Bring to…

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Dukka

  This spice mix is thought to have originated in Egypt and is often served alongside dishes throughout the Middle-East.  It is used as a condiment to season vegetables or to dip bread…

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Broccoli & Gorgonzola Fritters

I use my food processor for this recipe as it saves so much time. If you don’t have a food processor you can finely chop the broccoli with a knife, whisk in the…

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Stwnsh Rwdan (carrot & swede mash)

Stwnsh Rwdan is the Welsh name given to a mashed mix of boiled carrots and swede.  My mum would often serve this with a roast dinner when I was a kid.  It’s quite…

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Cauliflower Curry

This curry was inspired by a cooking class I did with Julie Sahni (www.juliesahni.com) in New York a few years ago. I spent two full days cooking at her apartment in Brooklyn.  She…

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Squash & Beetroot Croquettes w/ Feta

Makes approx 20 croquettes Ingredients For the filling: 1 whole butternut squash 2 raw medium/large beetroot 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs 200g Feta cheese Small bunch of dill, coriander…

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Peperonata

Peperonata is a sweet and sour cooked salsa made by cooking peppers with vinegar and sugar.  I like to serve it on sliced baguette with some fresh goat’s cheese (it also works well…

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Involtini

Makes approximately 16 Involtini Ingredients 2 aubergines 50g sliced Parmesan cheese 200g fresh Mozzarella 100g Prosciutto, cut roughly into 2cm x 2cm pieces 100g sun-dried cherry tomatoes 70g rocket leaves Salt and pepper…

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Aubergine “Tagine”

Tagine refers to a clay pot used in North Africa and the Middle East. My dish is cooked on the stove in a stainless steel pot in stead of in the oven in…

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Parsnip Rosti w/ Turmeric

This recipe is vegan and gluten and dairy free but would make a very nice vegetarian lunch or dinner served with a fried egg and a tomato salad. Makes approx 12 rosti (can…

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Chickpea & Spinach Curry

  When I make curry for the crew I like to make a few different dishes because the vegetarian options always appeal to me while I know the boys love their meat. Having…

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Fragrant Coconut Rice

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 cup Basmati rice ½ a small brown onion 1 clove of garlic 10g peeled ginger 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 2 cloves 1 teaspoon black cumin seeds 1…

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Kale & Carrot Salad

Makes a large salad of about 8 side servings, can easily be halved Ingredients 700g mixed carrots 120g kale 100g pecans 100g cranberries 10g grated ginger 3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar Zest and…

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Spiced Honey Roasted Parsnips

Parsnips are a root vegetable belonging to the Apiaceae family. They are especially high in potassium as well as zinc and iron and vitamins K, C and B. There are many ways of…

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Celeriac Remoulade

  Celeriac is also known as Root Celery and belongs to the same family as the carrot i.e. the Apiaceae family of vegetables.  It’s quite an ugly vegetable to look at  but it’s extremely…

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Panzanella

This recipe makes a large batch, you could easily halve it to serve approx 4 people Ingredients 1 stale loaf of bread (ciabatta for example) 750g cherry or baby Roma tomatoes, halved Salt…

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Baked Feta in Tomato Sauce

This recipe is inspired by a dish from Katerina’s restaurant in Little Venice, Mykonos.  It is best served warm as part of a mezze/tapas meal or on it’s own with lots of toasted…

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Basic Tomato Sauce

This recipe will make approx 750ml tomato sauce Ingredients Olive oil 1 clove of garlic, cut in half 150g cherry tomatoes (or similar) chopped in half ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt Ground pepper…

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Curried Cabbage Salad

This dish was inspired by a salad I had many years ago from La Ferme de Foie Gras in Antibes who did the best salads in town.  I’ve tried to recreate the salad…

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Asparagus Slaw

Ingredients 1 bunch green asparagus 1 carrot ½ red onion 50g dried cranberries 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley ½ orange 2 tbsp orange scented olive oil (or extra virgin olive oil if…

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Queen-Green Goddess Salad

This salad is so refreshing, simply eating it feels as though you’re doing your body some good. The lemon in the salad gives it a wonderful zesty tang which would make this salad…

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Chickpea Pancakes

Ingredients 300g Chickpea flour 2tsp Cumin 2tsp Coriander 1tsp Garam Massala 1/2tsp Turmeric 1tbsp Nigella seeds Pinch Chilli flakes Salt and pepper 1/2tsp Bicarb soda 2 Spring onion, finely sliced 2 tbsp Coriander…

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Butternut Squash, Chorizo & Cheddar Patties

Ingredients 1 Butternut Squash (approx. 1.5kg) 100g frozen peas (defrosted) 50g chorizo, finely chopped 100g grated cheddar 1 egg, beaten 2tbsp roughly chopped fresh coriander ½ tsp paprika 80g breadcrumbs Olive oil Salt…

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Kale, Cabbage & Radish Salad

I was shopping at Metro in La Seyne yesterday when I came across these lovely “Radis Bleu” or Purple Plum Radishes as I think they’re known as in English. I love the grainy…

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