salads and light meals

A collection of recipes selected by The Saturday Paper team

side dish March 13, 2021

Roasted beetroot with miso, sesame seeds and silken tofu

It’s been a crazy cold summer here in central Victoria. Sometimes late in the afternoon, the temperature drops into single figures. So my standard batch of easy after-work summer dinner dishes have seemed a little less appropriate. And now that...

salad August 15, 2015

Winter salads

I like to sauté cauliflower in most preparations. For example, when I make cauliflower cheese I take large florets, slice them in half, and sauté them gently to bring out the sweetness before transferring them to a baking dish and covering with...

salad November 8, 2014

Shredded chicken and chickpea salad

The success of a salad is, of course, dependent on the selection of flavours and quality of the ingredients. But consideration of the various textures must be given equal importance. The ingredients’ individual flavours should complement and at...

salad July 5, 2014

Broccoli and freekeh salad

This chopped broccoli and freekah salad is a simple and honest dish we serve at the pub. The salad’s uncomplicated simplicity is its attraction. It is healthy and has a wonderful texture. It successfully accompanies most dishes on the menu and is...

dinner August 31, 2019

Pearled barley and freekeh with roasted Jerusalem artichokes and ricotta

Jerusalem artichokes are certainly not the most glamorous of vegetables. This tuber sits way down the pecking order, along with the turnip, mostly as a result of a particular side effect from its consumption. There is absolutely no...

condiment February 20, 2016

Green bean salad with pesto

I’ve got basil in the garden at the moment, and with a glut made pesto for the first time in maybe 15 years. I’d forgotten how simple it is to make. More than that, though, I was surprised to find it was one of the best pastas I had eaten in...

salad November 7, 2020

Confit mushroom salad

Fungi are a fascinating food product. In recent years some incredible varieties have begun flooding the Australian market, but even so we are really only skimming the surface of their potential. We have gone from just using generic button or...

salad February 7, 2015

Raw zucchini salad with pine nuts and ricotta

Size is everything when it comes to zucchinis, and for once the smaller the better. Large zucchinis, while good for pickles or chutneys, just don’t cut it for me. The small finger-width zucchinis available at this time of year are what I’...

salad June 18, 2016

Sweet and sour cauliflower, and eggplant salad with mala dressing

I grew up eating sweet and sour Chinese pork. Then I went to live in Hong Kong and I never ate it in the three years I was there. I had lemon chicken once while I was there, but that’s outside the scope of this recipe. Sweet and sour is...

salad December 6, 2014

Cos lettuce and smoked trout salad

I’m often asked where I look for inspiration for my cooking. To fuel development I turn to books and am constantly researching. In the kitchen, bizarre experiments also keep me motivated.  Sometimes, though, dishes and inspiration arise...

side dish November 5, 2016

Roast artichokes with almonds and mint

For a lot of people, artichokes are probably one of the more intimidating vegetables to cook. But once you’ve given them a crack, it does get easier. A mistake people make is thinking an artichoke can itself be a meal. It really is an...