Summer salad recipe (v, vg) Jane has provided this great recipe idea for a vegetarian and vegan salad. They say that we should all try and eat a plateful of colour to ensure we get a good mix of vitamins and minerals. This recipe certainly ticks the box, and can be adapted to whatever you have in at the time. You can taste the sunshine! Serves 2 as a main course or 4 as a side dish. Ingredients 1.5 handfuls of mixed leaves per person eg. watercress, baby spinach, rocket, lettuce, pea shoots 1 Spring onion 1 inch of cucumber per person 1 Avocado 4 or 5 cherry tomatoes per person Handful of Blueberries per person Handful of grapes per person 1 large Orange Handful of nuts or seeds (optional) 1 hard boiled egg per person - quartered (omit if vegan) Salt and pepper Salad dressing (choose your favourite, and add a spoonful of soured cream to make it a richer flavour) Fresh herbs to garnish Method Wash all ingredients and pat dry Shred or roughly chop salad leaves and place in serving bowl Discard outer layer of spring onion, slice the rest thinly. Slice cucumber thinly and cut into thin strips Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Cut avocado in half, de-stone, cut flesh whilst still in outer skin and then scoop out Add all salad ingredients to bowl, add a little salt and pepper to taste Add washed blueberries and grapes Cut the ‘top’ off the orange and then cut the peel away from top to bottom removing the pith so you are left with a skinned orange. Remove each segment by cutting closely to the segment skin towards the middle of the fruit. Add each segment to the bowl and squeeze any remaining juice over salad. Turn all ingredients in the bowl to ensure a good mix. Add chopped nuts or seeds. Add quartered egg if using. Top with fresh herbs and salad dressing and serve. Variations The only thing limiting this recipe is your imagination, you can add your favourite ingredients to personalise it for your own taste. Here’s a few suggestions: Substitute melon for the blueberries Add Parmesan shavings Try marinated tofu Crumble blue cheese over the top Cooked or smoked salmon Croutons Crispy fried bacon Cooked chicken/cold meat/salami Celery or apple for extra crunch Substitute sun-dried tomatoes for fresh ones Add cooked and cooled pasta Cook and cool new potatoes Enjoy!