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Summer, Summer, Summertime

It has made a late appearance. Finally. If the forecast is to be believed, an Indian summer is on its way. I am rather sceptical… Anyway, it does not detract from the fact that summer is about salads. I love salads, so many possibilities, so much freshness and perfect for your packed lunch.

A lifelong love affair with red cabbage had me in a creative mood on Friday evening and emboldened by some rosé wine, I created this little delight:

Red Cabbage, Radish & Pistachio Salad

One small red cabbage, sliced very finely

5-6 radishes, sliced

A good handful of pistachio nuts, chopped roughly

Dressing

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp Kressi vinegar or any herb vinegar

Salt and pepper

Mix the cabbage and sliced radishes together. Make the dressing and toss into the salad. Sprinkle pistachios on the salad after the dressing is mixed in so they remain crunchy for longer.

It’s a very pretty salad, all dramatic shades of purple and red with the pistachios adding a little contrast, with their vibrant green colour. The Kressi vinegar is a must, although it’s virtually impossible to get hold of in the UK.

For good homemade herb vinegar (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is a good combination), wash the herbs very well under running cold water. Push them into a tall, clean bottle and top up with white wine, cider or sherry vinegar. Cover and leave to infuse for a couple of weeks before use.

Another of my favourite salads is a creamy cucumber salad my parents used to make. Oh the decadence of it, cream with healthy foodstuff. Indecent I hear you say… but not before you’ve tried it!

Cucumber Decadence

Cucumber, Parsley & Cream Salad

1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced (preferably with a mandolin)

1 shallot, finely chopped

2 tbsp of chopped parsley

75ml of single cream

Knorr Aromat Savoury Seasoning

Pepper

Place the slices of cucumber in a flat serving dish, then add the shallot, sprinkling it evenly over the cucumber. Pour the cream. Sprinkle with parsley and season with Aromat and pepper. Mix before serving.

Incredibly simple and very tasty.

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