Vegetarian salad ideas

Rossa Gallagher

A vegetarian diet does not need to spell disaster to your health. Many vegetarians eat tasty, varied meals and experience the numerous health benefits associated with this lower fat diet.

Whether you are a meat lover or a meat hater preparing nutritious vegetarian meals that can be enjoyed by everyone is easy to achieve.

The recipes below are hearty and substantial, and chosen to appeal to even the most die-hard meat lovers. Greek salad

Chop 3 tomatoes; slice half a cucumber and dice 125g of vegetarian feta cheese.
Place in a bowl with 10 halved black olives, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 tablespoons of marjoram and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and stir well.

Serves 4

Blackberry, raspberry & fennel salad

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Sprinkle 50g of walnuts on a baking tray and put in the oven for a few minutes until lightly roasted. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Cut 1/4 cucumber in half length ways and then thinly slice to make half-moon slices.Mix these with the fennel and watercress.
To make the dressing, drain 150g silken tofu by putting it in a bowl lined with kitchen paper and patting dry. Transfer 2 1/2 tablespoons of French dressing to a food processor together with the silken tofu and 1 tablespoon of honey. Blend for about 30 seconds until creamy. Put into a bowl ready to serve.
Arrange whole green lettuce leaves on four plates, and pile the cucumber mixture on top. Scatter with 125g of blackberries, 125g of raspberries and roasted walnuts and serve with the dressing on the side.

Serves 4

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