Melissa’s Satisfying Salads for all weather

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    Hello, Melissa here! If like me, you’re in the UK, it usually means your salad needs to fit all weather and these ones really do. So here are 7 Summer salads for rain or shine; a delicious mix of hearty and wholesome with fresh and zesty. Lots of great ones to share as well as ones to make double and have the next day or take to a picnic. As ever, feel free to add in any ingredients you’ve got that need using up to minimise your kitchen waste and make your food go further.   1. Lentil Salad with Sumac Dressing This lentil salad with a delicious sumac dressing is a winner with everyone! If you haven’t been swayed with lentils just yet, maybe you will after this. A great hearty salad for a sunny weekend and great to take on a picnic too. Get the recipe.     2. The Big Chickpea Chopped Salad This was pretty much born out of me having an *ingredients check in* and trying to use up everything hiding in my fridge and cupboards before t

Melissa’s Fave Tomato Recipes

Hello Melissa here! I thought I’d share a round of up my FAVE TOMATO RECIPES as we are happily in the thick of tomato season and I don’t know many people who don’t love tomatoes. Actually I do know a few who prefer them cooked than raw, so here are some speedy fresh tomato recipes and some slow roasted ones too. Hope you enjoy. And if your tomatoes aren’t ripe, keep them on the windowsill or in as much sun as possible, you’ll really taste the difference. P.S. Anyone else growing their own?
 
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Chickpea Greek Style Salad
This Chickpea Greek Style Salad brings everyone’s fave Greek Salad plus chickpeas together for extra heartiness. Or if you’re having a nice big fridge or cupboard rummage then add any beans you’ve got that need using, like butter beans or kidney beans.  Get the recipe.

 
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Burrata, Mint & Two Way Tomatoes
Burrata is certainly a luxury ingredient so for a very special occasion (in this case, a reunion with my friends over lockdown with their homegrown tomatoes). I like to serve this salad with the tomatoes *two ways*; half roasted and half fresh and raw.
Get the recipe.

 
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Tomato, Pomegranate & Herb Salad
I like to make a big tub of salads like these and eat for lunch over a few days. Maybe adding some feta or any leftover chicken or fish on top too to make it stretch further.
Get the recipe.

 
 

Sweet Potato & Halloumi Salad
This roasted sweet potato salad with fried halloumi, avocado & toasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect salad come rain or shine!
Get the recipe.

 
 

Halloumi & Melon Salad
A super fast satisfying salad that takes less than 10 minutes. Scale this recipe right up if you’re BBQ’ing or having friends over this Bank Holiday weekend.
Get the recipe.

 
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Crispy Chickpea Caprese Salad
A simple 10 minute salad which you could serve as a starter or double up for a big sharing plate or side for a BBQ. The crispy chickpeas make everything so delicious.
Get the recipe in my cookbook Eat Green

 
 

Lime, Jalapeno & Pineapple Salsa
One of my favourite things to do when the weather warms up, is to check my fridge and throw together a salsa with whatever needs using up! This one just happens to bring a little more sunshine into your meal with the juicy pineapple.
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Chimichurri Tomato Salad
10 min Refreshing Herbaceous Halloumi Tomato Salad (Chimichurri style- a very delicious salsa style dressing from Argentina and Uruguay)
Get the recipe

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