Healthy starters

    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.

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    691 reviews
     
    10min

    A quick, simple recipe for a tasty guacamole with tomatoes. Serve with tortilla crisps for a festive party nibble.

    Recipe by: Denise Goodman

     
    276 reviews
     
    5min

    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.

    Recipe by: ELOVINGS

     
    15 reviews
     
    10min

    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.

    Recipe by: Nedfeister

     
    383 reviews
     
    25min

    Tasty baked tortilla crisps you make at home. Serve with your choice of dips and salsas.

    Recipe by: Michele O'Sullivan

     
    95 reviews
     
    15min

    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.

    Recipe by: KAREN614

     
    173 reviews
     
    6hr

    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.

    Recipe by: 0316BJD

     
    7 reviews
     
    1hr10min

    This Greek-inspired version is great cut into wedges and served with crisp salad leaves.

    Recipe by: Maggie Pannell

     
    231 reviews
     
    1hr10min

    A Japanese recipe for cucumbers marinated in vinegar, sugar, salt and ginger. So simple but so delicious!

    Recipe by: CHRISTYJ

     
    102 reviews
     
    15min

    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.

    Recipe by: RNCOGGINS

     
    5 reviews
     
    20min

    This is a lovely dip recipe for a fresh tomato salsa, great with corn chips, carrots, celery, or crackers!

    Recipe by: anchel79

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