They're missing out, but until I can persuade them otherwise I have to turn elsewhere for my non-lettuce and non-couscous salads.
These two salads are the ones I make most often at this time of year.
Sour Carrot Salad
- 4 nice carrots
- 1 large handful sunflower seeds
- 1 large handful linseeds
- 1 large handful sultanas
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil
Broad bean, pea and mint salad
- broad beans - about 20 pods or whatever you have
- frozen peas - about a cereal bowl full
- zest and juice of half a lemon
- a slug of olive oil
- a large handful of mint leaves, chopped
I like both these salads because they can be made well ahead of time. The carrot salad travels particularly well and so is great for picnics or camping.
They both use ingredients that I always have in the house (apart from broad beans, which are a seasonal treat, but actually the recipe still works well without them). I buy linseeds at Waitrose, but I think most of the big supermarkets sell them too, and Holland & Barrett certainly do.
Both the salads have strong flavours which really appeal to my children. Now they are older they are far more likely to moan at bland flavours than strong ones, so I am exploiting this for all it's worth. Tonight I chucked anchovies and loads of chilli into the pasta sauce and they both wolfed it down and asked for more.