Summer is here (sort of) so say “goodbye”to casseroles, stews big joints of meat  – the humble salad is your new mainstay (at least until the sun disappears). 

For a lot of people, the sunshine inspires a healthy eating attitude. For others, it’s just nice to enjoy something a little lighter in the hot weather. Despite good intentions, making a proper good salad can require a lot of ingredients and the last thing you want to do is end up throwing away a load of fresh produce that you have no use for. 

All of the ingredients below will allow you to make 4 healthy (ish) dishes, full of fruit and veg and the occasional dose of croutons to keep you happy

If you shop / cook well, you’ll only be left with half a bag of green beans – use these to create their own side salad or simply add more to the tuna dish




  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (£4)
  • 4 x free range, organic chicken legs (bone in, you will need to remove the skin) (£7 from the local butchers)
  • 12 slices of pancetta (£3)
  • 2 x tuna steaks (£5)
  • 2  duck breasts (£8.40 from my local butchers)



  • 2 avocados (£1.80)
  • 1 cos lettuce (80p)
  • 12 cherry tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes (90p for 300g, roughly 20 cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 bag of  new potatoes (£1)
  • 1/2 red onion (30p for 1 onion)
  • 1 little gem lettuce (50p)
  • 2 lemons (60p)
  • spinach (£1 for a bag)
  • rocket (£1 for a bag)
  • 1 small garlic clove (or half a big one)
  • lots of rosemary – I used 5 small sprigs
  • 1 large romaine lettuce (50p)



  • 4 eggs (£1.90 for 6) – If cooking both Cobb salad and Tuna Nicoise then simply use 3 in each recipe rather than 4
  • a big handful of black olives 
  • 50g to 75g blue cheese (£1.50 for 150g)
  • 100ml single cream (55p for 150ml)
  • a large dollop of butter
  • 1 ciabatta loaf – about 3 quarters needed (£1.40)
  • 30g Parmesan cheese, grated (plus extra shavings)
  • 2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt (50p for a small pot)



  • a jar of capers
  • a jar of anchovies
  • pine nuts
  • honey
  • pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • sunflower seeds (optional)