Brown lentil salad

Ingredients (4 servings) 400g can lentils, drained, rinsed ½ small red onion, thinly sliced 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 green onion, thinly sliced ½ small red capsicum (bell pepper), chopped 1 birds eye chilli, deseeded, finely chopped (optional) 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 teaspoons fish sauce 1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves Method Place lentils, red…

Carrot and apple salad

Ingredients (6 servings) 100g (1 cup) walnut or pecan kernels 6 carrots, cut into matchsticks 1 green apple, peeled, cut into matchsticks 125ml (½ cup) fresh lemon juice 65g (1/3 cup) sultanas 60ml (¼ cup) olive oil 1 tablespoon honey Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the walnuts on a baking tray. Bake for 5…

Avocado and Corn Salad

This avocado and corn salad is a tasty twist on classic Mexican guacamole. Ingredients (serves 6) 2 firm large ripe avocados, halved, stones removed, peeled, finely chopped 1 x 410g can corn kernels, drained 3 shallots, ends trimmed, thinly sliced 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander 2 tbs fresh lemon juice Method Combine the avocado, corn,…

Classic Italian bean salad

Ingredients (4 servings) ¼ cup olive oil 1 small red onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 1 long red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped 400g can borlotti beans, drained, rinsed 400g can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed 2 tomatoes, deseeded, finely chopped ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 tablespoon red…

Cannellini beans with tomato and rosemary

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained, rinsed Method Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, garlic and rosemary. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until tomatoes start to…

Brown rice and tuna salad

This quick and easy tuna and rice salad makes a tasty low-fat side dish or lunch-box filler.  Ingredients (serves 4) 1 1/3 cups brown rice ½ cup fat-free balsamic or French dressing 200g punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered 2 English cucumbers, chopped 50g baby rocket leaves 2 regular size cans of tuna in brine water, drained,…

Fresh summer vegetable salad

Ingredients (serves 8) 4 limes 1 large shallot, finely chopped (about ¼ cup) ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 360g thin green beans, trimmed 2 ears fresh corn, kernels removed (about 1½ cups kernels) 1 yellow, red or orange capsicum (bell pepper), seeded, diced 2 large cucumbers, quartered lengthways, thinly sliced crossways into wedges 350g…

Mixed tomato salad

Ingredients 2 x 250g punnets cherry tomatoes, halved 2 x 250g punnets golden grape tomatoes, halved 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges ½ cup fresh basil leaves 80ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (see note) 1 teaspoon raw sugar (brown sugar) Method Place combined tomato and…