The simplest of salads that's two of your 5 a day. With just 4 ingredients you can create a hearty lentil lunch to keep you going 'til dinner
MethodTip the lentils into a saucepan and gently warm. Stir through the mixed antipasti in their oil, along with the tuna in large flakes. Season to taste. Gently peel the eggs and slice them in half. Spoon the warm lentils into bowls and top each one with the halved eggs and black pepper.
- 4 artichokes, trimmed
- 2 lemons, halved
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 star anise
- large thyme sprig
- 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
- large bunch (about 30) asparagus spears
- 4 handfuls small salad leaves such as micro-leaves
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 2 spring onions, finely sliced
- small bunch chives, finely snipped
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (I like to use white balsamic vinegar)
- When the artichokes are trimmed, find a pan wide enough to hold them in a single layer. Squeeze in juice from a lemon half and half-fill with cold water. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, the spices, thyme, vinegar, artichokes and a generous pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 15 mins until soft. Turn off the heat and allow to cool (see tips, below).
- Prepare the asparagus. First, cut off the woody ends, then use a swivel blade peeler to trim the ends, rotating them as you go so they end up the same thickness as the tips.
- Bring a large pan of salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the asparagus for 2 mins, then drain and tip straight into heavily iced water. Leave until completely cool, drain again, then set aside.
- To make the dressing, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan , then gently cook the red onion for 5 mins until soft. Turn off the heat stir in the spring onion and chives, then tip into a jug. Drizzle the rest of the oil and the vinegar into the dressing, then season to taste.
- Get the vegetables ready. Drain the artichokes, then cut each into 6 wedges. Slice each asparagus on the angle into 3 pieces.
- Wipe out the dressing pan and heat the remaining olive oil. Fry the asparagus with some seasoning until shiny and starting to colour, then scoop onto a plate. Place the pan back on the heat, then cook the artichoke wedges until they start to brown. Turn off the heat and you are ready to plate up.
- Spoon a puddle of dressing into the centre of each plate. Balance the pieces of asparagus up against each other to circle the dressing. Arrange the artichokes among the asparagus so they’re evenly distributed over the plate. Scatter over the salad leaves and drizzle over the remaining dressing.
- 300g potatoes, peeled and chopped into small chunks
- 4 eggs
- 200g green beans
- 225g jar sustainable tuna (we used Marine Stewardship Council-approved Waitrose albacore tuna), drained and flaked
- 50g plain flour
- 2 Cos lettuces, torn
- 140g black olives in olive oil
- 4 tomatoes, quartered
- 3 tbsp white or red wine vinegar
- In a large pan, cover the potatoes in salted water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and pop in the eggs. Cook for 7 mins, then add the beans. Cook for 3-4 mins more until the potatoes are tender.
- Tip everything into a large colander and remove the potatoes and place in a bowl. Run the eggs and beans under cold water until cool. Mash the potatoes with some seasoning and mix with the tuna. Shape into 4 patties, and roll in the flour to coat.
- Heat grill to high. Cook the fish cakes for 6-7 mins each side until hot and golden. Meanwhile, assemble the salad: put the lettuce, green beans, black olives and tomatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle over 1-2 tbsp of the olive oil from the olives and the vinegar and toss through. Divide between 4 plates. Peel the eggs and quarter, then add a fish cake and 4 egg quarters to each salad.
- 500g bag new potato
- 2 large corn cobs
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- juice 1 lime
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- ½- 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
- 4 skinless chicken breasts, each halved across the middle to make 2 thin escalopes
- small bunch coriander, leaves roughly chopped
- lime wedges, optional, to serve
- Bring to the boil a saucepan of water big enough to hold all the potatoes and corn. Cook the potatoes for 12 mins, adding the corn after 6 mins, until both are tender. Drain well.
- Meanwhile, mix the sliced red onion with the lime juice and half the oil in a large salad bowl. Mix the remaining oil with the garlic, paprika and some seasoning in a shallow bowl, then toss in the chicken until thoroughly coated.
- Heat a griddle pan, then griddle the chicken for 3 mins on each side until cooked through. Tip the potatoes into the bowl with the onions. Stand a corn cob on one end on a chopping board, then slice down the length, cutting off the kernels in strips. Mix into the potato salad with the coriander and seasoning, then serve alongside the smoky griddled chicken, with lime wedges, if using.