Win Nicola’s latest fabulous cookbook ‘the Salad Bowl – yah! xx

June 23, 2015 • Competition, Food & Interiors • Views: 6237

Fuel for the soul

I’ve just returned from a girlie weekend in the Gower Peninsula in south Wales. What a beautiful part of the world – stunning scenery with mind-blowing, sweeping beaches of golden sand – and, quite unbelievably, we had sunny weather, too.

There’s nothing more restorative than spending time with girlfriends. It’s fuel for the soul – well, if you discount the booze we managed to imbibe!

After a gloriously indulgent weekend, it’s time to put the reins on the eating and drinking – or at least show a modicum of self-restraint. And so, for me, it has to be cauliflower couscous! Don’t flinch, cauliflower when grated into fine grains makes a surprisingly good and nutritious alternative to couscous, and is both low-carb and gluten-free. Pomegranate and chia seeds boost the nutritional status of this salad even further. It’s substantial enough to serve as light meal or as part of a mezze.

Cauliflower couscous with pomegranate

Serves 4

1 cauliflower, leaves removed

1 small red onion, diced

1 small cucumber, quartered lengthways, seeded and cut into bite-sized chunks

1 red pepper, seeded and cut into large dice

2 large handfuls chopped mint leaves

2 large handfuls chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves

seeds from ¼–½ pomegranate, depending on size

1 heaped tsp chia seeds

2 tsp za’atar spice mix


5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

finely grated zest of ½ lemon

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing, season and set aside.

2 Grate the cauliflower florets into fine “grains” using the large holes of a box grater and discard the stalks (these can be coated in oil and spices and roasted in the oven). Put the cauliflower into a shallow serving bowl and scatter the cucumber, red pepper, mint, parsley, pomegranate and chia seeds over.

3 Spoon the dressing over the salad and turn until everything is combined. Serve sprinkled with the za’atar spice mix.


Not to be missed… we enjoyed a fantastic lunch at The Coalhouse on the Gower. Located at the far end of the sweeping Oxwich beach you couldn’t get a more perfect setting to rest weary feet. This is no beach café, but a restaurant offering fresh seasonal, local produce and is special without being pretentious. It comes highly recommended – do check it out…

Angeli adds

This recipe comes from Nicola’s latest book The Salad Bowl, Her very lovely publishers, Ryland Peters & Small, are offering three readers a free copy of the book – Yah! 

Described by Amazon as ‘Fresh, healthy, wholesome, and delicious – there can be so much more to salads than just a few leaves on a plate. These tasty recipes will inspire you to nourish your body from the inside out with every delicious forkful’, this is THE perfect book for Summer. I’m a bacon sandwich kinda gal ( brown sauce NOT ketchup) but even I have been converted by the simple yummyness of Nicola’s recipes!

It comes in Hardback and retails at £11.99.

All you have to do is sign up to the blog and add a comment below telling us why you  would like a copy of the book..easy as pie! 

Closing date 7th July 2015



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44 Responses to Win Nicola’s latest fabulous cookbook ‘the Salad Bowl – yah! xx

  1. Anna says:

    We grow our own veg and have an abundance of various greens, so I’m always looking for inspiration on how to use them in a tasty way.

  2. Sheila ODonoghue says:

    I just love salads but only know how to do the boring basic ones, this book would be ideal for a salad novice like me 🙂

  3. Lianna Soffe says:

    I need to be saved from the nightmare that is lettuce, tomato and cucumber as a salad – the recipe above sounds Devine and if that’s a taster the book is sure to inspire .

  4. says:

    it may help me eat a bit healthier

  5. Lucy Pasifull says:

    I’d love this as I am in the middle of a massive weight loss (44lbs down so far) and I am really loving my salads but it would be great to have a bit of inspiration.

  6. Marion.D says:

    I always lunch at work and refuse to have take away or ready meals, or boring sandwiches. I usually make salads or soups but could do with some inspiration to make them even healthier 😉

  7. Michelle Banks says:

    i would love some new ideas for salads x

  8. claire woods says:

    I’m not keen on salads, although I know they are healthy and I should eat more. This book would inspire me.

  9. Joanne O'Neill says:

    I would love to be able to make salads more interesting and tasty for my family to encourage healthy eating. We have just made raised beds to grow veg with our daughters and this would be a fun way to inspire them

  10. JOANNA TERRY says:

    I have salad every day for lunch!

  11. Amy B says:

    I would love to try some different ways to make my salads more exciting

  12. Hannah Igoe says:

    I am always looking for new salad recipes and inspiration

  13. Yvonne Graham says:

    I love Salad but am getting fed up putting the same things on my salad. I would love to have a copy of your book so I can experiment and try different tastes 🙂

  14. Sheri Darby says:

    I’d love this book because I love trying different salads

  15. Fran H says:

    In the heat this week we have been eating salad for lunch and dinner – so tasty but I could do with some flavour inspiration!

  16. Victoria Prince says:

    Ooh what a fabulous book, this is exactly what I am after! I’ve been trying to eat more healthily this year, and – especially with the advent of summer – for the last couple of months I have been eating a salad every day – but I am getting so bored of my own creations; I’ve run out of inspiration!

    This would be perfect for giving me some new ideas and making them interesting and exciting again. Fingers crossed 🙂

  17. liz cook says:

    Would love some salad inspiration this summer 🙂

  18. Janice Papworth says:

    I would love a copy of the book. A selection of healthy salads are my perfect choice for entertaining over the Summer so some new inspiration would be fantastic

  19. Jade H says:

    It may inspire me to eat healthier foods

  20. Jordan says:

    I’m trying to get healthier, lose some weight and make my salads more exciting – this book would really help!

  21. Daniel Todd says:

    I really want to get in to healthy eating but it seems so boring and I don’t know how to make it more exciting and tasty I feel that with a book like this it could really help

  22. Jayne K says:

    I could do with some inspiration for salads as I just keep making the same ones.

  23. trevor linvell says:

    I need to eat healthier and this book will help give me ides to do this and in a way to make it more tasty too!

  24. Natalie Crossan says:

    I’d love some salad ideas xx

  25. Hannah Ingham says:

    I’d like to read about different ways of making a salad, instead of the boring, tasteless ones I always seem to eat!

  26. carrie hines says:

    looks like a fab book xx

  27. Jenny Miller says:

    I love salad, but would like something a bit more exciting than usual.

  28. LEE HARDY says:

    Would like to add to my kitchen book collection.

  29. Chrismbaker says:

    With summer finally here, summer evening meals spent in the garden with family and friends I would love to have some different salad ideas.

  30. Christine OPrey says:

    I would love this book as i am trying to start to eat healthier and lose weight. I am finding it really difficult to find good tasting low fat food so this would help 🙂

  31. Ingrid says:

    I always end up making the same four salads. I would love to expand my range

  32. karen says:

    I love salads but mine are always very boring. This would give me some good ideas and maybe I could persuade the rest of the family to join me!

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