Lettuce-Free Sunshine Salad

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When I was growing up I didn’t like salad. Salad mostly consisted of different-shaped things like lettuce, radish, tomato, cucumber and spring onion all floating around in a bowl.  This invariably meant that the small tasty things stayed elusive at the bottom, and what ended up on your plate was lettuce.

Lettuce has, indirectly, improved my salad life.  You see, my husband doesn’t like lettuce.  As most British salads seem to be based around the stuff, creating salads now requires a little imagination.

Today I created a version of what I call ‘Sunshine Salad’; a sunny little salad with fairly even sized pieces and plenty of juicy flavour. This one was a side-salad, served with Dhal and rice. Here’s what I put in it:

1 orange pepper, diced

4 spring onions, sliced

3 tomatoes, chopped into small pieces

1/2 can of sweetcorn

That’s it!  To make it into a main dish, you could try adding grated carrot, a can of pinto or cannelini beans and cucumber cut into little chunks.   Add boiled new potatoes or crunchy bread for a satisfying supper, Summer or Winter.

If you want to dress your salad, mix about 1tbsp olive oil with an equal quantity of vinegar.  It doesn’t matter what sort of vinegar you use, as long as it’s not malt- red wine, white wine, balsamic and cider vinegars all work.

Taste your dressing before tossing your salad in it, and add more oil or vinegar, or  a little sugar or pepper, as necesary.

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