Asparagus illustrationseasonal salads

Asparagus illustrationseasonal salads

It’s so easy to partner warmer weather with salads but, like soup, they offer brilliant scope for taking advantage of foods in season. A winter salad fragrant with warming herbs and spices is a real treat – a rainbow of veg and fruit such as red cabbage, chicory, artichokes, roasted winter squashes, clementine, pear – are such a joy to the eyes as well as the taste buds. Add nuts and seeds for extra oomph and top with a portion of protein like poached chicken, salmon, goats cheese or lentils and you have a nourishing complete meal. Remember, if you’re roasting veg for Sunday lunch or cooking up a mid-week supper, do a little extra and save for a salad later in the week. Try this Winter Salmon Soba Noodle Salad – it’s my current favourite.

fragrant salads

Warm Roasted Salad with a Walnut & Red Wine Vinegar Dressing

Warm roasted salads like this one are an absolute staple in my autumn and winter kitchen.

Buddha Bowl with Miso Tahini Dressing

Buddha bowls combine a selection of delicious different bits and pieces, which, ideally vary in colour, taste and……

Pickled Red Onion

This recipe for tangy red onions adds colourful pep to simple salads, sandwiches, wraps and more.

Golden Tahini Dressing

This is a beautifully creamy, quick and versatile sauce that I drizzle over simple salads, fish, chicken, roasted vegetables…

Store-cupboard Pasta

This recipe is a really handy one to have up your sleeve for moments when you’re ravenous and need a quick meal on the…

Store-cupboard Salad

A really handy meal idea for moments when it feels like the fridge is almost empty and you’ve not yet had a chance to…

Heritage Tomato Salad

To make this salad as delicious as it can possibly be, it’s important to use the ripest tomatoes you can find.

One-Tray Winter Roasted Salad
One-Tray Roasted Winter Salad

Roasted salads are a total game-changer for me. However sceptical you may be – just give it a go. The textures soften and…

Autumn Salad with Artichokes and Beetroot
Autumn Salad

This multi-coloured and vibrant, warm roasted salad is a real celebration of autumn, my favourite month. The recipe is very…

Winter Buddha Bowl by Amelia Freer
Winter Buddha Bowl

Buddha bowls are a really simple way to prepare a meal that is balanced, vibrant, healthy and diverse with plenty of…

Beetroot & Squash Salad with a Hazelnut Dressing
Beetroot & Squash Salad and Hazelnut Dressing

I love the vibrant colours in this hearty autumn salad, which packs a hefty nutritional punch too. The dressing tops it off…

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini & Miso Dipping Sauce
Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini & Miso Dipping Sauce

Cauliflower contains a variety of nutrients including fibre, and vitamin C - which helps support our immune system. It is…

Broad Bin Dip with crudite
Broad Bean Dip with Crunchy Veg

Broad beans are still one of those wonderful vegetables that are absolutely at their best when in season.

Homemade Sauerkraut
Homemade Sauerkraut

To make sauerkraut, cabbage is fermented by bacteria to give it a delicious sour taste. Sauerkraut contains fibre, vitamins…

English Summer Garden Salad
Garden Summer Salad

A beautiful salad is the epitome of summer when we are blessed with an abundance of resplendent seasonal produce.

Ribbon Zucchini Salad with Rocket, Feta & Hazelnuts
Ribbon Zucchini Salad with Rocket, Feta & Hazelnuts

Both rocket and zucchini are in season throughout June to October so this exquisite summer salad can really be enjoyed all…

Summary Potato Salad
Summery Potato Salad

Cooking, then cooling potatoes increases the ‘resistant starch’ in them. This is a type of fibre that the beneficial…

Summer Salad
Quintessential Summer Salad

As wish all vegetables, this salad delivered a hearty dose of vitamins and minerals including some iron. It is harder for us…

Crunchy Vegetable ‘Tabbouleh’ with Coconut Cream & Herb Dressing
Crunchy Vegetable ‘Tabbouleh’ with Coconut Cream & Herb Dressing

This is a lovely starter to serve at a dinner party but I also eat this alone. The creaminess of the coconut cream with the…

Chickpea & Aubergine Salad
Chickpea & Aubergine Salad

Chickpeas are a starchy carbohydrate, but they also contain protein. They are a brilliant substitute for meat, as…

Spiced Chickpea, Kale & Squash (or Pumpkin) Salad
Spiced Chickpea, Kale & Squash (or Pumpkin) Salad

This is a hearty salad, packed with flavour and goodness - it takes a little time to prepare but is a meal in itself, and is…

Asian Crayfish Lettuce Cups
Crayfish Lettuce Cups with Asian Dressing

We are very lucky in the UK as an island to have easy access to fresh shell fish which is not only delicious but is also…

Sprout Slaw
Fragrant Sprout Slaw

Sprouts are in season from September all the way through until February but so many of us only eat them at Christmas.

Yellow Courgette, Herb & Feta Salad by Amelia Freer
Yellow Courgette, Herb & Feta Salad

This is a super-quick dish (but no less impressive or tasty), bursting with flavour and goodness. You can, of course,…

Crisp Apple & Fennel Salad with Turmeric Dressing
Crisp Apple & Fennel Winter Salad with Turmeric Dressing

Salads aren't just for summer! As the seasons change, I continue trying to find ways to include them in my diet. This salad…

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree
Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

The rich, sweet and nutty joys of Jerusalem artichoke partner wonderfully with chestnut and celeriac for this puree – it’s…

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad
Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

This warm salad is both filling and delicious. Jerusalem artichoke is a little like a potato but more nutty, earthy and…

Wild Rice Purple Salad
Wild Rice Purple Salad

This is a stunning winter grain salad with nutty wild rice. If the bitter radicchio or chicory are hard to find, red cabbage…

Lentil, Beetroot & Hazelnut Salad with Ginger Dressing by Amelia Freer
Lentil, Beetroot & Hazelnut Salad with Ginger Dressing

Nourish your body with this hearty salad complete with a warming ginger dressing. Lentils provide protein, essential…

Avocado Papaya Salsa by Amelia Freer
Avocado Papaya Salsa

This zingy, zesty salsa contains a variety of essential vitamins and antioxidants, as well as fibre to help support our…

Lettuce Boats & Picnic Pots by Amelia Freer
Lettuce Boats & Picnic Pots

These are delightful little pots for picnics and lunch boxes: potted crab, crayfish tails, and light smoked mackerel ‘pâté’…