Salad starters

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    6 reviews

    A lovely light supper, dinner party starter or weekend lunch!

    Recipe by: bert

    160 reviews

    This is such a flavourful, nutty, fresh tasting pasta salad. I always serve it at my parties. I think it's the combination of fresh spinach, the crispy bacon and the pine nuts that make it so good.

    Recipe by: _jennifer

    72 reviews

    This is an easy, but tasty beetroot salad. It's crisp and packed full of flavour. Beetroot is marinated with onions, caster sugar, mustard and vinegar. It goes particularly well at summer barbecues and picnics.

    Recipe by: Myra

    44 reviews

    This is a beautiful dish that's always a hit! This is a layered antipasti plate, so you can cut it in square slices neatly and find all the ingredients in every bite. Add veggies to your liking. Serve with fresh ciabatta or crusty bread. Enjoy!

    Recipe by: WMAURO

    3 reviews

    Just because you need to leave it to marinate overnight - don't miss out on this simply fantastic mix of summer flavours! Try it! It goes well with some goats cheese and garlic flat bread. It's even good tossed with some leftover pasta.

    Recipe by: smatiszik

    2 reviews

    This fresh salmon pâté is simple and quick to make. Served with a refreshing watercress salad and crisp Melba toasts or thinly sliced rye bread, it is an excellent starter before a vegetable or grain-based dish.

    Recipe by: Norma MacMillan

    1428 reviews

    This salad has the perfect combination of flavours and textures. It's fruity, sweet, tangy and crunchy. Lettuce is layered with pears, Roquefort, avocado and spring onions, drizzled with a mustard dressing and scattered with caramelised pecans. It's the perfect summer salad to be enjoyed anytime of the year. Serve as a side dish or starter.

    Recipe by: Michelle Krzmarzick

    96 reviews

    This is a super-nutritious salad. Spinach is tossed with red onion, walnuts, feta, alfafa sprouts and pomegranate seeds in a balsamic vinaigrette. Enjoy as is or as a starter or side dish.

    Recipe by: SarieNickle

    2 reviews

    A delicious and unusual salad perfect for summer, combining duck breast with sweet watermelon and fragrant herbs.

    Recipe by: tkperkins

    2 reviews

    Halloumi is a firm-textured Cypriot cheese that's delicious char-grilled. Here it's served with red onions on a bed of soft salad leaves, then drizzled with a hot dressing. Serve with good seeded crusty bread.

    Recipe by: Maggie Pannell

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