Warm Winter Salad

A warm, crisp salad using seasonal ingredients and suitable for any occasion and any diet.



This is very quick to prepare, with the vegetables maintaining their crunchy texture when they are served immediately. This salad is a useful way to use the odd selection of vegetables remaining in the refrigerator. Alternatively, select vegetables, herbs and spices to complement your meal.

The selection of vegetables listed below is appropriate for a Fodmap diet. For a Paleo diet replace the carrots and turnips (ie do not include root vegetables for a Paleo diet) with broccoli, cauliflower or asparagus.

Similarly, vary the salad dressing. Here, I have combined a variety of Asian flavours with fresh herbs. Other combinations to try are: a traditional vinaigrette and sprinkle the salad with Dukkah (not Nut Free); flavoured oils or vinegars; chilli and garlic (not Fodmap diet); a dressing with ginger and sesame oil (not Nut Free); mint, basil or lemon rind.

Diets for which Warm Winter Salad are suitable

Diabetic, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Vegetarian and Vegan.

Ingredients

Preparation: 10 mins | Cook: 4 mins | Serves: 2

1 tsp mustard powder*
1 tsp Madras curry paste or powder
1 tbsp tamari, Gluten Free
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil

100gm (3½ oz) green beans, trimmed**
100gm (3½ oz) courgette
100gm (3½ oz) turnip, peeled
100gm (3½ oz) carrot, peeled
225gm (8 oz) fresh tomatoes
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives***

Method

MIX the salad dressing ingredients: mustard, curry paste, tamari, lemon juice and oil.
SLICE the vegetables into large bite-sized pieces.
BOIL the water.
STEAM the vegetables (not the tomato, if including) for 4 minutes. (If you are including spinach, add this for the final minute only.)
SHAKE excess water from the vegetables.
POUR the vegetables into a bowl.
ADD the tomato and dressing.
TOSS the salad and sprinkle with herbs, if adding.

Serve

– Immediately with any main.
– As a starter.

Notes

* Make a salad dressing of your choice. Some ideas are listed above.
** Select seasonal vegetables that are appropriate for the diet. (See Diet Information for details about suitable vegetables for Fodmap and Paleo diets.)
*** Substitute with any herb, eg basil, chervil, mint etc. lemon rind is also good.

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