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Ottolenghi’s best salads for summer

by Stephen Carlick

published on 5 June 2023

Too often treated as a rudimentary afterthought, it’s easy to forget that salads can be just as tasty as any other part of a meal – all it takes is fresh ingredients, a little texture, and depth of flavour.

And since nobody knows flavour like Yotam Ottolenghi, we’ve pulled together a host of delicious salad recipes from his beloved books, from Indian-inspired, curry-tinted medleys to bright, citrus-led Middle Eastern sides. Find the perfect salad for your next meal below.

Ottolenghi Cucumber Salad

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Cucumber, Za’atar and Chopped Lemon Salad

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

There’s a big reason this salad is so bright, zesty, and refreshing. Hint: it’s yellow and citrusy. That said, it’s the combined flavours of the za’atar, banana shallots, green chillies and more that take it to the next level.

From the book

Ixta Belfrage, Yotam Ottolenghi

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

As nice to look at as it is to eat, this salad combines four types of tomatoes with peppers, pomegranate seeds, and red onions to create a fresh, sweet, and tangy medley that’s a welcome addition to any barbecue spread.

Mixed Bean Salad Ottolenghi | Vegan Side Dish

Mixed Bean Salad

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Crisp and fragrant, this salad combines lemon, tarragon, capers, garlic, spring onions, coriander and cumin seeds to bring its base of of yellow beans, French beans, and red peppers to life.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Cucumber and Lamb’s Lettuce Salad

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Cucumber and Lamb’s Lettuce Salad

from Simple

Light and tasty, this crunchy salad mixes mint and coriander into the greens, but it’s the dressing – a mix of garlic, lemon juice, ginger, and yoghurt – that plays the hero here.

Ottolenghi’s Alphonso Mango and Curried Chickpea Salad

A true fireworks celebration of Indian and Pakistani flavours, this salad combines velvety, sweet Alphonso mangoes with curried chickpeas, cauliflower, and spinach with a hint of lime to give it extra depth and deliciousness.

Ottolenghi’s Rice Salad with Nuts and Sour Cherries

Truth be told, this hearty salad – fragrant rice mixed with tart cherries, almonds, and a handful of fresh herbs – can be served as a filling standalone meal, but it would look good as part of a larger spread, too.


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