About this recipe: 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