Fabulous seasonal salads

Do you think salads are dull? Does the word conjure up a lifeless plate of limp green leaves with a bit of mayo on the side? Think again! The best salads are colourful, vibrant and tasty, and the perfect way to enjoy the very best of summer’s flavours. And while they can be healthy, salads can also be indulgent. Our selection of recipes and tips will certainly change your mind, so grab that knife and chopping board and go for it.

Tomato salads

The best recipes are made with top ingredients which require little embellishment. We love to slice ripe tomatoes then add some mozzarella or feta cheese, fresh basil leaves, a few sliced red onions then the all-important drizzle of really great olive oil. A couple of tips: always serve them at room temperature as the fridge dulls their flavour and as the tomatoes are acidic enough you don’t need to add vinegar or lemon juice, just a sprinkle of sea salt.

Potato salads

There are endless ingredients and twists you can add to a potato salad, but do remember to add the dressing while the potatoes are still warm so they absorb all the flavours. Try this salad with a simple oil and vinegar dressing or go for something more Scandinavian in mood with beetroot and a lighter creamy dressing, rather than the classic mayo. Always add something sharp and acidic to your potatoes such as spring onions, capers or gherkins. 

Sizzling Thai prawn salad

Noodles are a great addition to any Asian-style salad and will make the ingredients go further. In this Thai salad , griddled prawns are served with crunchy vegetables tossed in an easy peanut dressing – it just begs for some blanched rice noodles to be added so you can serve it as a main dish. This would also work with strips of stir-fried chicken or pork. You could add fried tofu instead for the vegetarians at the table. 

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