Wonderful Winter Salads

February 19, 2016

Happy new year everyone at Forestside. So the winter months are still here and of course, if you’re anything like me, you've probably eaten far too much comfort food over the dark nights and the Christmas period. So I've come up with some very filling fantastic salads which you could munch on while watching TV, surfing the net or generally chilling; or size them up as a delicious main course for dinner. I hope you enjoy cooking these really fast, easy recipes and all ingredients are ready to buy in your Sainbury’s at Forestside.

The first salad is North African style with lots of spice, fruit & nuts. Really delicious so have fun cooking. The second salad has an Asian slant and finally a really super salad full of fantastic fibres and great flavour. Watch out for next month’s recipe blog.

Stephen xx

Moroccan couscous

2g harissa powder

100g couscous

40g tinned chickpeas (drained)

140ml vegetable stock

10g golden raisins

10g apricots

1/4 aubergine (large slices & roasted)

24g red pepper (diced & roasted)

1/4 courgette (diced & roasted)

4g coriander (chopped)

4g parsley (finely chopped)

8ml lemon juice (bottle)

10ml Rapeseed oil

Pinch of salt & pepper


1. Place couscous & powder into baking bowl.

2. Pour over boiling stock, shake gently and cover tightly with cling film for 15 minutes.

3. Now get a fork and fluff couscous well.

4. Now add oil & lemon juice and toss in the red pepper, aubergine, courgette, raisins & apricots.

5. Season with salt & pepper and finish with herbs.

Asian chicken noodle & vegetable salad

Serves 2

1 cooked free range chicken breast

100g egg noodles (dropped into boiling water for 3 minutes)

70g carrot (grated)

10g pak choi (chopped, raw)

25g red pepper (fine strips)

20g scallions (chopped)

5g coriander leaves

Mix all salad ingredients and cover with dressing.

Top with sliced chicken & toasted sesame seeds.

Dressing (10 portions)

80ml soy sesame oil

40ml rice vinegar

40ml soya sauce

6g chilli flakes

12g ginger (grated)

12g garlic (grated)

20ml honey


Simply mix above ingredients.

Barley, quinoa, beetroot & pomegranate salad

Serves 4-6

50g barley (cooked)

50g quinoa

300ml vegetable stock (boiling)

50g chickpeas

125g beetroot (cooked & cut into wedges)

125g dried cranberries

1 lemon (zest & juice)

pinch of chilli flakes


75g pomegranate seeds

parsley (chopped)

mint (chopped )

1 clove of garlic (grated)


1. Place quinoa into boiling stock & simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Now cover with cling film until cool.

3. Then simply mix all the above together and chill well.

4.season with chilli & salt .

Serve with a dollop of the delicious dressing below.

Mint creme fraiche

150ml creme fraiche

3 tbsp honey

zest of 1 lemon



Simply mix creme fraiche, zest, honey & coriander. Season with salt & pepper.










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