Looking for healthy starters? We have everything from light salads and low fat soups, to veggie bruschetta and aubergine dip. There are loads of healthy options to start your meal with our tasty recipes.
A quick, simple recipe for a tasty guacamole with tomatoes. Serve with tortilla crisps for a festive party nibble.
I make this houmous all the time. It only takes a few minutes to prepare, and it's healthier than shop-bought without the oil. Increase or decrease the ingredients as desired, especially the chillies! Serve with tortilla crisps, pitta triangles or fresh vegetables. Add more of the reserved chickpea liquid for a smoother dip.
Hummus is such an easy thing to make at home and it tastes much better than shop bought. Perfectly good hummus can be made using tinned chickpeas but if you have time, and you want something a bit special, cooking dried chickpeas from scratch creates a lovely texture and flavour. You can get tahini (sesame seed paste) in most supermarkets or Turkish shops. I usually put my hummus in a Spanish cazuela, pour on some more olive oil to prevent it from drying and sprinkle on smoked Spanish paprika, or use Greek paprika if you can get it.
Tasty baked tortilla crisps you make at home. Serve with your choice of dips and salsas.
This is a chopped salad with lots of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and green peppers. Fresh parsley, basil and garlic are added before chilling to allow the flavours to blend.
This Greek yoghurt sauce made with cucumbers and fresh mint is a classic. Serve with kebabs, chips, crusty bread or warm pitta. You need to make this in advance but it still tastes really fresh.
This Greek-inspired version is great cut into wedges and served with crisp salad leaves.
A Japanese recipe for cucumbers marinated in vinegar, sugar, salt and ginger. So simple but so delicious!
Bite-sized cherry tomatoes are filled with a mixture of goat cheese and freshly chopped basil. Really quick and easy - perfect for party nibbles or a summer barbecue.
This is a lovely dip recipe for a fresh tomato salsa, great with corn chips, carrots, celery, or crackers!