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Papaya and avocado salad

Papaya and avocado salad

This refreshing salad with a hint of spice will convert anyone wary of mixing fruit with raw vegetables. Starting with a base of crisp lettuce, slices of orange or yellow capsicum are layered with avocado and papaya. Toasted pepitas add protein and crunch.
Bacon and broad bean salad

Bacon and broad bean salad

This delicious warm salad is packed with strong flavours and makes a fabulous supper or lunch served with chunks of crusty bread or a side dish of new potatoes. Use a mild smoked bacon as it is slightly less salty than some of the other cures.
Potato salad with horseradish dressing

Potato salad with horseradish dressing

Everyone loves potato salad, but it can be high in kilojoules and fat. This lower-fat version is made with a light fromage frais and yogurt dressing flavoured with horseradish. Toss in the dressing while the potatoes are still warm and serve garnished with bresaola (Italian dried beef).
Melon, fetta and orange salad

Melon, fetta and orange salad

Here, the classic starter of melon and prosciutto is transformed into a tempting main-dish salad with the addition of fetta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and oranges. Serve for lunch, with warm ciabatta bread to mop up the juices, or as a starter for 6 people.
Braised duck with crunchy salad

Braised duck with crunchy salad

Braising duck breast fillets in red wine with garlic and ginger, plus a little redcurrant jelly for sweetness, produces moist, tender and flavoursome meat. The duck is cut into strips and served on a colourful mixture of crisp raw vegetables and fruit.
Stir-fried chicken and avocado salad

Stir-fried chicken and avocado salad

This is an excellent main dish salad, combining stir-fried strips of chicken and bacon in a hot piquant dressing with creamy avocado and sweet cherry tomatoes. It is perfect for when the weather starts to get cooler but you still want to eat a healthy salad.
Pumpkin and Lentil Salad

Pumpkin and Lentil Salad

Like most salads, this recipe is high in fibre, but the protein from the lentils, pistachios and cheese means that it is hearty and satisfying enough to be served on its own, or with bread, as a light main meal.
Indonesian Gado Gado

Indonesian Gado Gado

Indonesian for comfort food, gado gado is a staple throughout the country, with each region offering their own twist to the recipe. Add some chillies to the peanut sauce if you like things spicy.
Catalan Escalivada

Catalan Escalivada

‘Escalivada’ comes from a Catalan word meaning ‘to roast over embers’. It is traditionally served as a first course or a side dish with barbecued or roasted meats. This oven-roasted version is a quick, easy alternative if you don’t have a charcoal grill.
Bean, Pea and Mixed Leaf Salad

Bean, Pea and Mixed Leaf Salad

With fresh peas, this beautiful salad is the essence of spring, but is also wonderful in summer or autumn when beans and snow peas are at their best. Serve it with chicken or fish, with some boiled new potatoes tossed in butter.
Chicken Satay Salad

Chicken Satay Salad

This delicious salad is prepared with marinated strips of chicken that have first been threaded onto skewers and grilled. The chicken is served on a bed of rice and crunchy vegetables and drizzled with a spicy peanut dressing. It makes a great light meal for any occasion.
Sweet and Sour Duck Salad

Sweet and Sour Duck Salad

With ripe nectarines, green grapes, red peppery lettuce and slices of tender grilled duck, this is a particularly pretty salad. The unusual dressing complements and brings together all of the ingredients to make this a meal that is sure to impress if you are entertaining.
Roasted Tomato, Cannellini Bean and Avocado Salad with Pan-fried Eggs

Roasted Tomato, Cannellini Bean and Avocado Salad with Pan-fried Eggs

Tomatoes and white beans are a classic Italian combination that makes a perfect base for fried eggs. This dish is rich in anti-oxidants from the tomatoes and greens. Roasting the tomatoes adds a layer of sweetness to the dish, and the egg provides a protein boost at any time of day.
Soba Noodle and Salmon Salad

Soba Noodle and Salmon Salad

Soba noodles are traditionally made from buckwheat, but are widely made from a combination of buckwheat and regular wheat flour. Buckwheat is a gluten-free grain, high in copper, zinc, magnesium and manganese, all used by the brain to maintain normal processes.
Roasted Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad

Roasted Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad

This elegant salad is easy to prepare and you can roast the pumpkin and beetroot while you are cooking other dishes. Serve it warm with some crusty wholegrain bread for a light but balanced meal.

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