This salad can easily be made with gluten-free pasta as well. If fresh peas are available, buy two (or more!) bags and freeze the extra for future use. They’re delicious in season and can be added to many recipes. Blue cheese varies in taste intensity by brand; a simple way to tell if it’s really strong is to sniff the package.
Grains of whole wheat have a distinctive sweet, nutty flavour. Here they are mixed with corn, toasted walnuts and crisp vegetables in a fragrant dressing to make a nutritious salad that is substantial enough to serve as a well-balanced main course.
The pears, watercress and blue cheese are perfectly complemented by the subtle walnut oil dressing. Lightly toasted walnut pieces add crunch and extra flavour. Serve the salad with grainy wholemeal rolls for a temping lunch.
The little rice patties make a novel and tasty topping for a crunchy salad of cabbage, Chinese greens and walnuts, brought together with a refreshing orange dressing.
For a more filling meal add your choice of meat and a roll.
This recipe for French Lentils is perfect when served over frisee as a warm salad.
This hearty salad features pesto made of walnuts and peppery watercress leaves’a savory twist on the classic basil-pine nut version’with more chopped cress, lean ham, and lima beans tossed in a lemon and yogurt dressing.
Get energized for a workout with this banana smoothie. According to research published in the online scientific journal PLoS One, consuming a banana during a workout is as beneficial as a sports drink. Plus, bananas provide antioxidants, potassium and other nutritional benefits.
I like to blanch the broccoli for this recipe to remove a bit of the crunch ‘just plunge the florets into boiling water’but you can use raw broccoli ‘if you prefer. Usually this dish would contain mayo but I’ve used low-fat yogurt instead. Even the kids will love this salad’s sweet taste!
Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy shares a gluten-free baking recipe.
This quick and easy pasta salad is just right for busy people. It is appealing and sustaining and the watercress and walnut pesto dressing adds a great flavour.
The secret of this rich, warming soup lies in the slow cooking of the onions and leeks, in just a little butter and oil, until lightly caramelized. Thinly sliced potatoes add extra carbohydrate and help to thicken the stock.
Quickly wilted arugula, canned beans, and toasted walnuts add heft to this vegetarian main course. Try spinach in place of arugula and pine nuts instead of walnuts.
This basil and walnut pesto recipe adds the extra health boost of spinach and the peppery surprise of arugula, in true heart-healthy style.