with Chef Dario Cavaliere
QUICK, easy and delicious these summer salads are so tasty that you will be going back for second helpings guaranteed! But that’s ok too, as they are also low in fat and balanced. Here they are designed for a lazy Saturday afternoon lunch, in the garden with a drink, so the only thing you will have to decide is wine or beer?!
Watermelon & Feta Cheese Salad
75g diced feta cheese
300g diced watermelon
100g washed rocket
100g streaky bacon
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. orange juice
1 tbsp. honey
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place the streaky bacon slices on a tray and place under a hot grill for 5 minutes until they are crispy on both sides. Remove and allow to cool completely. Chop into bits and put aside.
Whisk the orange and lemon juice with the honey and olive oil until you have a thick dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a large bowl, combine the rocket leaves, watermelon, feta and sliced crispy bacon. Pour over the dressing and serve immediately.
Pea and Cucumber Salad
600g frozen peas
30g fresh mint leaves
75g greek style yoghurt
salt and pepper
Slice the cucumber lengthways, and using a teaspoon, scrape out the seeds from the centre. Slice the cucumber into ½ cm slices resembling half moon shapes.
Allow the frozen peas to thaw at room temperature. This will keep the peas deliciously crunchy and green.
Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Before serving grate some fresh lemon zest over the top.