The weather's heating up, so it's time to embrace light and fresh lunches and laid-back dinners. And thanks to our seasonal recipe ideas, your summer salads will be anything but boring
An easy fix to make your salad taste amazing is by adding interesting dressings, flavour-boosting ingredients, and an array of contrasting textures.
As a rough guide, start with a bag of salad leaves, then add two or three tasty toppings. Finally, finish with your favourite dressing.
Discover these flavour combinations in store and get set to take your salad to the next level – all that’s needed is some fresh leaves!
Toss chopped apples, celery and radishes through a bag of fresh watercress. Crumble over some cheddar cheese, then serve with crunchy cheese crispies on top, and Ploughman’s chutney on the side.
Sardine Caesar salad
Arrange crunchy Romaine lettuce leaves on a plate and top with tinned sardines in olive oil, soft boiled eggs, Parmesan shavings and creamy Caesar dressing. Serve with Italian flatbreads on the side.
Mackerel and beetroot salad
To a bag of Italian mixed leaves, add some flaked tinned mackerel, chopped pickled beetroot, chopped cocktail cornichons and crushed toasted hazelnuts. Finish with a cucumber and mint dressing.
Grown on the Isle of Wight, where long sunshine hours make them taste super sweet, our summer selection tomatoes are the stars of this simple summer salad.
To make it, simply arrange a selection of tomatoes on a plate or platter. Crumble over some feta cheese and scatter over a few of your favourite fresh herbs, such as mint or basil.
Finish with a simple dressing made with equal parts extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar and lemon juice, along with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Enjoy as it is, or serve alongside steak or fish.
Salads should never feel like rabbit food. Try these simple ideas to give yours an easy flavour boost.
Try adding cooked veg to crunchy salad leaves to bring layers of flavour to the dish. Make a batch of cooked veggies at the beginning of the week to add to salads for easy weekday lunches. Give these vibrant ideas a go:
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