This salad is packed with goodness...broad beans, mangetout, fresh sweet peaches and lettuce are drizzled with a zesty salad dressing and served with a generous dollop of cottage cheese. Flaked almonds add some crunch or you can serve with granary bread for a well-balanced lunch.
For the dressing, use the grated zest and juice of 2 limes instead of lemon, and 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander instead of dill. Finish with 30g roughly chopped toasted hazelnuts instead of almonds. To reduce the fat content, use low-fat cottage cheese. It contains 1.4 g of fat and 78 kcal per 100 g (3½ oz), whereas the same weight of standard cottage cheese contains 3.9 g of fat and 98 kcal.
In addition to protein and calcium, cottage cheese provides useful amounts of vitamins B2 and B12. Broad beans are high in soluble fibre, which helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Fresh peaches are a good source of vitamin C and provide some beta-carotene.