Salads with oomph

The best of our salads - those with enough attitude to make a meal of. Think grains, pulses, nuts and cheese. Perfect for a quick healthy dinner, with enough leftovers for lunch the next day.
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Make friends with warm salads in the cooler months.

Pumpkin, spinach and roasted chickpea salad - Warm salads are much easier than summer salads because often all they need is a squeeze of lemon or sprinkle of vinegar.

A mouthful: Beetroot and avocado salad with miso dressing and walnut brittle.

Beetroot and avocado salad with miso dressing and walnut brittle Recipe - Contemporary

Salad of sauteed beef with cold rice noodles - try Neil Perry's recipe for the classic Vietnamese salad.

The classic Vietnamese dipping sauce, nuoc cham, accompanies this zesty beef-based salad.

Sweet and sour duck salad with plums and almonds by Frank Camorra.

This substantial salad is delicious and easy to put together. I have a few rules for salads. Mine need a dressing with some kick, fragrant herbs or spices, and a crunchy element such as toasted nuts or seeds.

Warm or cold, salads are a fantastic light meal but can become something more substantial with the addition of protein. Thai beef salad is so easy – make the dressing, sear the beef and wash the salad and you are practically done. Wallaby or kangaroo also work well with the dressing. Here's Frank Camorra's recipe.

Warm or cold, salads are a fantastic light meal but can become something more substantial with the addition of protein. Thai beef salad is a favourite, the one I .

Perfect for summer: chicken noodle salad.

Chicken noodle salad - All the comfort of a bowl of warming noodle soup, but in a format that's perfect for summer.

Fried haloumi with white cabbage, date green chilli salad with lemon by Karen Martini. Photography by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Andrea Geisler.

(Not vegan) Fried haloumi with white cabbage, date green chilli salad with lemon. Karen Martini HALOUMI recipes for Epicure and Good Food. (*My note: no need to deep fry haloumi-just fry in a non-stick frypan for a healthier version instead!

Char-grilled fennel and carrot salad with champagne vinegar, tarragon and fried haloumi.

Chargrilled fennel and carrot salad with champagne vinegar, tarragon and fried haloumi - This salad works beautifully with grilled meat or chicken and makes a perfect partner for a baked whole fish.

Seasonal side: Broad beans, green olives and yoghurt.

Covering a table with the dips, flatbreads, grills and grains of the Middle East is such a beautiful way to eat. This springtime side dish, based around broad .

Salad of crab, raw asparagus and lemon with roast garlic creme.

'Tis the season for salads to spring into action. Just add a suitable hero ingredient; in this case, crab meat. Cooked king prawns, scallops or pieces of flaked, steamed, white-fleshed fish are also lovely in the salad.

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