Get all of your 5-a-day with this super healthy salad. Tasty, easy and perfect for lunch leftovers
- 1kg Chantenay or baby carrots
- few lemon thyme sprigs (optional)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 175g green bean, topped and halved
- 400g can butter or cannellini bean, drained and rinsed
- 1 small red onion, halved and finely sliced
- 200g pack feta cheese, crumbled
- small bunch mint
MethodPut the carrots into a large roasting tin, toss with the lemon thyme (if using) and half the oil, then season well. Roast for about 30 mins until golden, turning halfway through cooking.
- 200g each frozen pea and soya beans
- small handful dill, leaves chopped, plus extra sprigs to serve
- 1½ tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 tsp clear honey
- Cook the peas and soya beans in boiling salted water for 3-4 mins until just tender. Drain, then run under cold water until completely cooled.
- Meanwhile, make the dressing. Mix all the ingredients together, season, then stir until well combined. Toss the beans and peas in the dressing with the chopped dill and scatter over the sprigs to serve.
- 4 medium duck breasts, skin on
- 2 cos or Ruby gem lettuces
- 150g bag radishes, thinly sliced
- 3 spring onions, cut into long strips
- 2 pink grapefruit, segmented
- 400g watermelon, cut into thumb-size chunks
- good handful each mint, coriander and Thai basil, leaves picked
- 100g bag roasted salted cashews, roughly chopped
- 1 red and 1 green bird's-eye chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp palm sugar or light muscovado sugar
- 1 tbsp tamarind paste (see tip, below)
- Place the duck breasts, skin-side up, on a board. Score the skin all the way through, cutting down to, but not into, the flesh. Make sure you score all the way to the edges. This will ensure the skin doesn’t pull the flesh in as it shrinks.
- Season the skin with a generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the duck, skin-side down, in a solid heavy-based cold pan, then put the pan over a medium heat. Now do not touch anything, do not move the pan. What will happen over the next 10-12 mins is that the fat under the skin will slowly melt, then the skin will brown and go crisp. Once all the fat has run from the skin, there will be a good 1-2cm of duck fat in the pan. Spoon off the excess fat, season the flesh side now (not before), then turn the duck over. Cook for 2 mins, then increase the temperature to full for just 1 min. Take off the heat, then leave in the pan to rest for 5 mins.
- For the dressing, put all the ingredients into a small food processor and whizz. Remove the 2 outer leaves from each head of lettuce and discard, then peel the leaves away, one at a time. Lay them out on a big serving plate.
- Thinly slice the duck, then toss with the radishes, spring onions, grapefruit, watermelon, herbs and some of the dressing. Spread over the leaves and scatter the nuts over the top. Drizzle more dressing over and serve.
- 1 small rotisserie chicken
- 100g pearl barley
- 200g green beans, trimmed
- 1 yellow pepper, cut into matchsticks
- 1 small red onion, cut into thin half-moon slices
- 50g flaked almonds, toasted
- zest 1 lemon
- handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Remove the skin from the chicken and shred the meat off the bones into bite-size pieces. Cook the pearl barley in boiling, salted water until tender, but not too soft, about 20 mins. Drain well, then tip into a large bowl.
- Blanch the green beans in more boiling, salted water for about 5 mins, until just cooked. Drain, rinse with cold water to cool, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Add to the barley along with pepper, onion, almonds, lemon zest and parsley.
- Whisk together the dressing ingredients with seasoning. Pour over the salad, toss everything together and serve.