Roasted pumpkin & Brussels sprouts with tahini dressing

Having a jar of tahini dressing in your fridge is something to feel pretty smug about. This dressing can elevate roasted root vegetables and blanched greens to an Ottolenghi-esque salad that you’ll want to eat again and again. Preparing the dressing is a matter of finding a jar with a lid, a couple of ingredients…

Fish larb with vermicelli & mint salad in cos lettuce leaves

There’s nothing that grinds my gloof gears more than ordering a bao/slider/taco thinking I’m getting a gluten-free version of the original, when instead those unimaginative buggers have just wrapped the filling in a lettuce leaf. Lettuce is not and will never be a delicious carb. When there’s full disclosure that my dinner involves a lettuce leaf carrier then…

Chargrilled corn, green bean & spice-rubbed chicken salad

A cast iron griddle pan is one of my essential kitchen implements. If you don’t have a barbecue or even if you do have a barbecue and just can’t be bothered firing it up, a griddle pan can be used to quickly chargrill vegetables and meat. Perfect for cooking asparagus and the best crispy skinned salmon…

Venison, cherry & asparagus salad

This salad instinctively came together as a response to the contents of my pre-Christmas holiday fridge: a gift of some venison, spinach leaves needing to be eaten, a handful of exorbitantly-priced new season cherries, and a bunch of asparagus bought because at any moment it will disappear from the vegetable aisle never to be seen again (until…

Taco beef, pickled slaw, kimchi & gochujang

In the 1990s this recipe would have been named ‘fusion beef’, as it deliciously fuses together Mexican spices with Japanese miso and tamari and Korean condiments kimchi and gochujang. As it’s not the 1990s I won’t call it that, except maybe quietly in my head. I like to serve taco beef, pickled slaw, kimchi & gochujang by setting out bowls of…

Fennel, mandarin & hazelnut salad

There is no kitchen tool more lethal or more useful than a mandolin. It requires your full concentration; one glass of wine for bravery is recommended, any more than that would be irresponsible. Mandolins are perfect for creating winter salads from fennel, cabbage, radishes, carrots… there are endless possibilities. This salad is less a recipe than a…

Basil dressing

A startlingly green and startlingly delicious dressing which is fabulous on tomatoes or mixed through boiled waxy potatoes and green beans to create a potato salad. Essentially just pour this on top of raw or cooked vegetables and enjoy. This recipe makes a lot but can be easily be quartered or halved: make as little, or as much, as…

Cavolo nero salad

Cavolo nero is one of my all-time favourite winter vegetables; it’s ridiculously good-looking as well as being ridiculously good for you. To make this salad an all-in-one meal, add a cup of cooked and cooled quinoa. Happy lunching. Cavolo nero salad From Deb Perelman, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, 2012 For the salad:  pecans or almonds 70g (walnuts would…

Brussels sprouts, pear, bacon & hazelnut salad

This is the salad that changed my Brussels sprouts worldview. Prior to this, I thought they were okay in a nourishing-suppose-I-had-better-eat-them sort of way. Now they are one of my favourite vegetables. This salad is a great quick weekday dinner but it’s also good enough for special occasions; I made this for two of my favourite food-loving friends…