CORN, AVOCADO AND BILTONG SALAD 150713. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu


Serves 6-8

2 baby red cabbages

2 baby white cabbages

1 red apple

1 green apple

lemon juice

100g bean sprouts


180ml mayonnaise

180ml buttermilk

30-40ml lemon juice

salt and pepper

Thinly slice the cabbages using a mandolin and place in a bowl. The apples can be very thinly sliced whole or cored and halved and sliced into thin wedges.

Sprinkle the apples with a little lemon juice to prevent discolouration.

Add the apples to the cabbages together with the bean sprouts.

Add the dressing and mix well.

Pile on to a serving platter or into a bowl.

DRESSING: Mix all the ingredients together and stir well.



Serves 4

2 fennel bulbs

½ English cucumber

6 radishes

2 pears,thinly sliced

3 spring onions, sliced


60ml olive oil

20ml red wine vinegar

15ml Dijon mustard

15ml honey

salt and pepper

Thinly slice the fennel bulbs using a mandolin or a sharp knife.

Thinly slice the cucumber and the radishes.

Combine the fennel, cucumber, radishes and pears in a bowl and mix in the spring onions.

Pour over the dressing and spoon the salad into a serving bowl.

DRESSING: Combine the ingredients in a screw top jar and shake well immediately before pouring over the salad.



Serves 4

2 cobs of sweetcorn

1 packet lettuce

1 large avocado pear, sliced

100g cherry tomatoes, halved

125g sliced biltong

Balsamic dressing

80ml olive oil

45ml balsamic vinegar

5ml mustard powder

15ml honey

salt and ground black pepper

Blanch the sweet corn and remover the kernels from the cob with a sharp knife.

Put a layer of salad leaves on a serving platter or in a bowl.

Add the sweetcorn, avocado pear, tomatoes and biltong.

Drizzle with the dressing and serve.

DRESSING: Combine all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well.



Serves 4

6-8 cooked baby beetroot

30ml olive oil

30ml honey

1 punnet of micro salad leaves or herbs

2 oranges, peeled and segmented

1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented

125g haloumi cheese, sliced


60ml freshly squeezed orange juice

30ml olive oil

5ml chopped garlic

5ml Dijon mustard

15ml honey

salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cut the beetroots in half and combine with olive oil and honey. Roast for 15 minutes.

Remove and cool slightly.

Place the salad leaves on a serving platter followed by the beetroot and citrus segments.

Brush the haloumi slices lightly with olive oil and cook on a griddle pan until a nice golden colour.

Add to the salad, pour over the dressing and serve.

DRESSING: Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and mix well.



Serves 4-6

200g packet of baby spinach

4 slices of bacon, chopped

400g can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

5ml dried oreganum

salt and pepper

125ml prepared croutons


60ml olive oil

45ml red wine vinegar

15ml honey

5ml wholegrain mustard

salt and pepper

Arrange the spinach on a platter.

In a pan, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crisp, about 4 minutes.

Add the beans, oreganum and season with salt and pepper. Toss until heated through.

Put over the spinach. Add the dressing , scatter with croutons and serve.

DRESSING: In the same pan, add the olive oil. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients.

Season and pour the warm dressing over the warm salad.



Serves 4-6

250ml quinoa

5ml turmeric

5ml sumac (optional)

1 red pepper, finely diced

30ml parsley, finely chopped

3 spring onions, sliced

2 celery sticks, finely diced

1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated

1 green chilli, deseeded and sliced

salt and pepper

60ml pomegranate rubies (optional)

Lemon tahini dressing

15ml sweet chilli sauce

5ml Dijon mustard

30ml olive oil

25ml tahini paste

5ml honey

15ml lemon juice

salt and pepper

For the salad, fill a pot with water and season with salt.

Bring the water to a boil and add the quinoa and turmeric.

Stir the quinoa regularly and ensure the water boils rapidly throughout the cooking process.

Cook the quinoa for bout 15-20 minutes until soft.

Drain through a sieve and refresh under cold water.

Mix the rest of the ingredients with the quinoa and add the dressing.

DRESSING: Combine all the ingredients for the dressing into a jug or blender and blend until smooth.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.


Tips for winter salads

* Use seasonal ingredients like fennel, beetroot, butternut, cabbages, potatoes, and even cauliflower to make salads, they will be more economical than buying out of season ingredients like tomatoes.

* Baby spinach is a good substitute for lettuce in a winter salad

* Butternut and beetroots are equally good either cooked or raw in a salad

* Add apples and pears to give salads a nice crunch

* Oranges, grapefruits and pomeloes combine well with the creaminess of avocado pears in a salad

* Drop the feta cheese and use cheeses like haloumi, goats cheese and even blue cheese to keep your salad interesting

* Combine fresh or cooked ingredients with couscous, quinoa or even rice to make a filling salad

* Use chopped nuts and seeds for extra nutrition in winter. - The Star