Cheap And Easy Recipes For Salads & Cooked Vegetables

Salads and cooked vegetables can sometimes become a bit routine and boring but they don't need to be.

Even in the heart of winter my family enjoys salads. We use a wide range of ingredients, trying to incorporate seasonal produce into our meals as much as possible. A lovely crispy, crunchy salad can be eaten as a meal in itself or eaten as a side dish with the main meal. Salads are very high in anti oxidants and therefore are extremely good for us if we value our health and longevity. Anti oxidants are thought to be effective in helping to prevent cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

Not just lettuce and tomato or boring old peas and carrots

In our salads we use edible flowers, nuts, beans, seeds and fruit. We try to make the salads as colourful as possible and this is not difficult with the bright colours of most salad ingredients.

One thing we all have to be careful of, though, is that we don't overload our salads or cooked vegies with dressings and sauces. These can be sometimes be very unhealthy and we can end up defeating the purpose of having a diet rich in vegetables. Enjoy these and then go on to create your own healthy vegetable dishes:


Baby Spinach & Chicken Salad
With roasted pumpkin, Feta & cashews

Broad Bean and Pasta Salad
Colourful salad. The broad beans can be swapped for an alternate bean

Caesar Salad
The dressing is absolutely divine

Chicken & Crispy Noodle Salad
This is a whole meal in itself

Chicken Rice Salad With Curry Flavour
Lots of texture plus sweet and savoury

Can be very healthy if you go easy on the dressing

Creamed Corn Fritters
Ideal for lunch-time

Creamy Nutmeg Potatoes
Puts mashed potatoes back on the menu

Creamy Spring Onion Potatoes
Mashed potatoes don't have to be just plain white and boring

Crispy Polenta Potatoes
Your choice of herbs

Crunchy Corn Chip Salad
Very colourful and uses diced chicken and tinned pineapple

Curly Kale Salad
Jam packed with nutrition and very yummy too.

Curried Potato Salad
Our kids just love this recipe

Easy Pasta Salad
Add mayonnaise only if wanted

Eggplant, Potato, and Mushroom Bake
Rustic recipe with heaps of flavour

Fireworks Coleslaw
....and not a hint of anything hot or spicy in it

Fruity Couscous Salad
Very colourful and divine to eat

Creamy mashed avocados with red onion, mayo & lemon juice.

Hayley's Potato Salad
This potato salad has diced roasted potatoes in it and prosciutto.

Home-made Baked Beans
You'll never go back to eating the canned variety again.

Home-made Mayonnaise
No separating eggs or pouring the oil in slowly. This is dead easy.

Honey and Mustard Dressing
Dead easy to make

Mango and Sweet Potato Salad
An absolute favourite in our house

Pauline's Simple Salad
Uses burghul wheat and mung bean sprouts

Persian Coleslaw
Features turmeric and cinnamon

Pineapple Pasta Salad
Refreshing salad uses tinned pineapple and bean sprouts

Potato Cakes
These savoury potato patties team well with salad or with cooked meat and vegetables

Potato Wedges
Tastes just like the cafe variety but much cheaper

Prawn Rice Salad
Colourful and easy to make

Quick Traffic Lights
Kids love this

Quinoa & Feta Cheese Salad
Healthy and filling quinoa recipe

Quinoa Waldorf Salad
Apple, walnuts and quinoa in this salad

Russian Cabbage
Quick recipe with heaps of fibre

Smashed Potatoes
Sounds ridiculous, tastes great

Spring Onion Sauce
Low-fat, delicate tasting sauce suitable for fish or meat

Sweet and Sour Salad
Here you will find canned mandarin segments and cashews

Sweet Balsamic Dressing
Only two ingredients needed. This recipe is to die for.

Tossed Salad Meal
Salad, topped with potato wedges and sour cream

Vegetarian Rice Salad
Cashews feature in this recipe

Water Melon and Onion Salad
Unusual combination but a taste to die for. Try it - you'll love it.

White Bean Mash
Delightful replacement for mashed potatoes

Wholegrain Mustard / Balsamic Dressing
Delightfully easy to make

Wild Rice Salad with Mango
Beautifully coloured salad using black rice

Yummy Potato Patties
Extremely easy to make and totally delicious.

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