Roasted salmon, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage & kumara salad

A big bowl of vegetables topped with some pan-fried, grilled or steamed fish and a zingy dressing is my idea of a good weeknight dinner. This salad is a variation on this theme and as everything gets roasted together in the oven it’s simple to prepare with a minimum of dishes. And most importantly, it’s delicious….

Broccoli slaw with buttermilk dressing

Eating broccoli is eating properly. I am a pretty big broccoli fan, and generally just eat it barely steamed with a squeeze of lemon. Overcooked broccoli is the actual worst, with the one exception of when it is slowly cooked and combined with anchovies, lemon, and mixed through orecchiette. Then it’s okay. This salad is a…

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…

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…