Pineapple and pear give this salad a sweet accent, while a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar on the mixed salad leaves adds a delightful piquancy. With lean ham, a well-flavoured cheese, fruit and vegetables all adding their own nutrients to balance the pasta, the result is a marvellous dish for lunch or supper.
Omit the piccalilli or gherkin and instead season the pasta with a sprinkling of curry powder, stirring it in well. Sprinkle with cashew nuts instead of walnuts. * Reduced-fat mayonnaise can be used instead of the traditional type. * Use 1 can chickpeas, about 400 g, well drained, instead of ham. * Use 3 slices canned pineapple in natural juice, drained and diced, instead of fresh pineapple.
Cheese is a good source of protein and a valuable source of calcium, phosphorus, niacin and vitamin B12. * Using a strongly flavoured cheese, such as mature Cheddar, means that less is required for flavour in the dish, thus keeping the total fat content down.
calcium * B1, B12, C, E, niacin, copper, selenium * A, B6, folate, iron, potassium
I forgot the green beans and didn't have any pears or cranberries, but it still tasted delicious. The combination of flavours is just right and it is one of those dishes that tastes far nicer than you expect it to. My husband loved it as well and I will definitely make this again. - 09 Sep 2016