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Liven up your Salads

Try the following options for a change to the usual boring salads

  1. Melon and Parma ham – cut a fresh cantaloupe melon into chunks. Cut a couple of slices of Parma ham into thin strips and mix into the melon. Grate a little fresh ginger across the top
  2. Exotic Fruit Salad – Chop up a papaya fruit and a mango into chunks. Spoon over some pomegranate seeds across the top and enjoy!
  3. Herb Salad – Finely dice a red onion, half a cucumber and 4 tomato skins. Mix in a tablespoon of chopped chives and flat leaf parsley. Add a drizzle of olive oil, mix well and serve as an accompaniment to a meal
  4. Waldorf salad – Chop up an apple into chunks, a couple of sticks of celery and a handful of walnuts. Add to a bowl and mix in 4 tsp of low-fat mayonnaise. Serve on its own as a starter or light meal


Salads make a fabulous meal or desert over the summer but be careful what you have with it. If it’s a fruit salad, then give the cream or ice cream a miss – maybe try a little low-fat frozen yoghurt instead. If it’s a veg salad, then be careful with the salad dressings – many of them are made with oil making them very high in calories! Opt for an oil free dressing or a little fresh lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper

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