Warmer Days, Salad Days
As the warmer days of Spring give hope of summer days, you might fancy a salad rather than a soup for lunch or a cold platter for supper. Using seasonal ingredients you can experiment with what you have. This salad is based on a recipe by Mary Berry appealed to me the most.
When sunny days beckon thoughts turn to salads, picnics and eating out doors. But you can enjoy this salad anytime, even indoors when it rains!
It was recommended to me as it was very popular at a Devon cafe where they kept a collection of their favourite recipes. The lady who passed then to me now runs the Hub on the Green in Exeter where she is still delighting visitors to the lunch time coffee times and occasional craft and cake fairs with wonderful cakes and bakes.
Salads can be part of a main course dinner or provide an alternative to sandwiches for a packed lunch. Whether people want to watch their pennies, or know exactly what is going into the food they eat, making a packed lunch is so much better than buying a pre-packed sandwich.
You can make up a large salad to keep in the fridge so it can do for more than one lunch too. Handy to dip into as a healthy snack too.
Feel free to use these recipes as an idea, rather than necessarily sticking to the exact ingredients or proportions. Salads can be a mix of ingredients – add something extra or leave something out. So long as you like it, you have a great salad!
Chickpea and Pesto Salad
Use tinned chickpeas – or cook your own by soaking dried chickpeas overnight and then boiling for around 90 minutes. You can use bought pesto – or for that extra special flavour, make your own
Serve with some green salad and some crusty bread, to mop up any dressing
Chickpea And Pesto Salad
- 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
- 1 x 400g tin or 225g / 8oz cooked chickpeas, drained and washed
- 80g / 3oz pitted black olives, sliced
- 110g / 4oz feta cheese
- 110g / 4oz cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 teaspoons green pesto
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl
- Place the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk thorougly to mix
- Pour the dressing over the salad and stir
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