Asian Cabbage Salad with Roasted Cashews

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Asian Cabbage Salad
This has the same vegetables as the recipe for coleslaw but without the mayonnaise. Instead it has a hot and spicy dressing which makes this salad light and refreshing. Cabbage contains powerful anti-cancer compounds known as glucosinates. Studies demonstrate more anti-cancer activity with the cabbage family than any other vegetable and therefore this is a good reason to include them as often as possible in your diet.
Instructions
  1. Put all of the prepared vegetables into a large bowl and toss so that they are all combined.
  2. Toast the cashew nuts in a pan for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the sauce ingredients into a small blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss so that they are all covered.
  5. Add the cashew nuts and garnish with fresh coriander and slice red chilli. Serve.

Asian Coleslaw

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Asian Coleslaw
This is a fresh slant on the classic recipe of coleslaw. All the basic ingredients are in this like cabbage, carrot and coleslaw - but there is the asian twist with ginger, tamari, chilli and coriander. It's a refreshing and light salad and can be combine with other dishes like spicy cauliflower or frittata.
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl add the red and white cabbage, carrots, onions, ginger, chilli, and coriander. Season. Toss so that everything is combined well.
  2. Add the vegan mayonnaise and tamari and stir until all the ingredients are covered in mayonnaise, Garnish with some fresh coriander and serve.

Warm Roasted Squash and Puy Lentil Salad

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Warm Roasted Squash and Puy Lentil Salad
This is a warm salad of puy lentils, roasted butternut squash, tomatoes, onion and spinach, in a vinegar and mustard dressing. It makes a delicious and healthy light lunch. The lentil provide good levels of plant based protein and fibre.
Instructions
  1. Place the cubed butternut squash in an ovenproof dish and toss in 1 tbsp of oil. Scatter the thyme onto the squash and season. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  2. Mix together the balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp oil, mustard, garlic and 1 tbsp water.
  3. Drain the puy lentils and toss in the dressing together with the onion, and cherry tomatoes.
  4. Divide the spinach between 4 plates. Top with the lentils, followed by the squash. Sprinkle over the grated cheese and pumpkin seeds. Serve.

Aubergine and Spinach Salad

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Aubergine and Spinach Salad
This salad has a great mix of flavours with the spinach, aubergine, red onion, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Some of the spinach has been wilted to add to the flavour. I usually serve this with some roasted sweet potato and hummus on the side. Spinach is an excellent source of plant based iron, it is low in calories and virtually fat free. It is also a rich source of phytonutrients. It is also a powerful antioxidant.
Instructions
  1. Place the sliced aubergine on a baking tray and drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Place in oven on 180C for 20-25 mins until cooked. Remove and set aside - slicing into quarters the rounds of aubergine.
  2. Make the salad dressing by combining all the ingredients into a blender - blend until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Place the pine nuts into a dry pan and heat slowly for 2-4 mins on a low heat to slightly brown the nuts. Stir continuously. Set aside.
  4. Place the sliced onion into a frying pan with 1 tbsp oil and fry for 10 mins or until the onion is soft. Add the sun dried tomatoes, and 100g of spinach. Cook until the spinach wilts. Add the aubergine and stir thoroughly.
  5. On a large serving dish, place the remaining 200g of fresh spinach. Then add the onion, tomato and aubergine mixture to the fresh spinach. Pour over the dressing and toss everything together. Scatter over the pine nuts and serve.

Roasted Beetroot, Leek and Carrot Salad

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Roasted Beetroot, Leek and Carrot Salad
This makes a filling and delicious salad with the nuts providing good fats and protein. For extra protein add a can of mixed beans.
Instructions
  1. Line a large baking tray with foil and place beetroot, leeks, carrots and thyme on the foil. Drizzle over the oil and season. Toss and fold the foil to make a loose parcel.
  2. Place in oven and bake for 50 -60 mins or until all the veg is soft. Remove from the oven and cool.
  3. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together.
  4. Place the spinach, cucumber and tomatoe in a large bowl. Top with the roasted vegetables. Sprinkle over the crushed roasted nuts. Drizzle over the dressing and serve.