Winter Rainbow Salad with Hazelnut Dressing and Goat’s Cheese Sourdough Croutons

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The winter solstice was only a couple of weeks ago and already I’ve noticed the days getting longer, it’s amazing how quickly it happens. Apart from the chilly wind we’ve had lately the days have been beautiful and sunny and the colour of the ocean has been amazing, not to mention the show the whales an dolphins have been putting on. I guess what I’m trying to say (or convince myself of) is that winter ain’t too bad here. However, I am sill very much looking forward to the warmer days coming up soon when I travel North!

 

Another great thing about winter are these beautiful rainbow coloured veggies that I picked up from the markets on the weekend. Rainbow chard is so delicious, the colourful stems have a slight beetroot flavour that I love.
The sweetness of the strawberries together with the nutty dressing and the creamy crunchy croutons is like a winter wonderland in your mouth! Originally I was going to put the goats cheese in the salad but then I thought I’d do it like this so that the meal is also vegan and gluten free friendly.

 

Set up a table in the sun, open a nice bottle of red and share this colourful lunch with some friends this weekend!

Oh, and watch out, all this green goodness can lead to some dodgy smiles!

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