Turkish salad

I know I know, it’s kind of like a Greek salad, but there are some differences (namely walnuts, sumac, dill + mint). I’d happily eat this for lunch every day with some fresh bread, or in the evening alongside some fish or chicken, a glass of rose and preferably a sunset or sea view! (Note… Continue reading Turkish salad

Beetroot, goats cheese, dill + lentil salad

(Assume your best Chandler Bing voice) Could this salad BE any prettier?Well maybe if the lentils weren’t there, but I do love the pink and green together. This salad is seriously delicious and isn’t so much cooking as bunging stuff on a plate so do use any kind of leaves and greenery that you have… Continue reading Beetroot, goats cheese, dill + lentil salad

Som Tam – Thai salad

In my early twenties I taught English in Thailand, and I ate absolutely heaps of this salad – these were flavours I’d never encountered before, and I couldn’t get enough of them. I can’t say that this is a particularly authentic recipe because the likelihood of sourcing green papaya or dried shrimp where I live… Continue reading Som Tam – Thai salad

Smoked mackerel, orange + almond salad

I’d forgotten all about this salad, then remembered it when standing staring inside the fridge looking for something for lunch and spotted some mackerel and half an orange – eureka! Consequently I’ve eaten it twice this week. Yums. I’ve even managed to get my salad hating teenager to admit that its ‘ok’. High praise indeed.… Continue reading Smoked mackerel, orange + almond salad

Potato salad, Turkish style

Every single BBQ we ever had when I was a child featured this potato salad, and now I seem to make it for every BBQ, picnic or garden party I go to. It turns out that when potatoes, red onions, tomatoes & vinaigrette meet, they have a party. Who knew? (answer, my father!) Ingredients Salad:… Continue reading Potato salad, Turkish style

Bean, feta + fennel salad

Summer on a plate! The green beans you can see started out as purple french beans (growing in the tub at the top of the photo), and I’m always disappointed that they turn green when you cook them. What a swizz. Not necessarily a vegetarian salad, you could add grilled chicken or white fish to… Continue reading Bean, feta + fennel salad

Salsa verde

Not so much a recipe as a bunch of chopping. Use whatever you have, herb-wise, and add it to almost anything and then that thing will then taste better. The photo here shows it dolloped on barbecued chicken, halloumi, courgettes & peppers, served with crushed new potatoes. Ingredients 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1… Continue reading Salsa verde

Turkish green bean salad

My father used to make this All. The. Time. There always seemed to be a dish full of it sitting in the kitchen ready to be snacked upon. When I first made it as an adult I was instantly transported back to my parents kitchen, and now I make it often. I’ve given quantities of… Continue reading Turkish green bean salad