Canned mixed beans or lentils can be used instead of red kidney beans, or 100 g (3½ oz) dried Puy lentils. If using dried lentils, simmer in boiling water for 15–20 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. * For a main course, line a large dish with radicchio leaves and fill with the salad. Garnish with slices of orange. * If making the salad for children, omit the mustard from the dressing and add 2 tsp tomato purée or ketchup instead. Use sliced lean cooked ham, and top with 55 g (2 oz) diced Cheddar cheese. * Any variety of lettuce or a mixture of salad leaves can be used instead of the radicchio.
Green beans are a good source of fibre and they also provide valuable amounts of folate, a nutrient that is important before conception and in early pregnancy to ensure proper neural development of the baby. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C.