© David Loftus
moorish crunch salad
This is a lovely little Moorish salad which gets the old tastebuds going – but more to the point, it's refreshingly crunchy and is right at home as a nice side salad or with a barbecue. You know, sometimes you haven't got salad leaves in your fridge, but you will probably have a couple of carrots and apples, and by getting on the Moorish vibe and using mint and tahini (a paste made out of sesame seeds which you can find in most supermarkets), I've pulled together this little combo. The reason I've stated that you should slice some ingredients and have matchsticks for others is because this really adds to the crunch. You can always use the coarse side of a grater for speed.
First of all, finely slice your carrots into matchstick-sized batons. Finely slice your radishes – you can leave a little of the tops on if you like. Quarter your apples, remove the cores and finely slice. Add all these to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, apart from the sesame seeds. Toss together, carefully checking the seasoning, and serve with the sesame seeds sprinkled over the top. Eat straight away.
Try this: Turn it into a warm salad by adding some pan-seared chicken, prawns or scallops which have been dusted with a little paprika.
And this: Make it more of a snack by frying some halloumi cheese until golden with some chopped fresh chilli and crumbling this over the top.
Or this: Grill some pitta bread and serve stuffed with the Crunch Salad. Crumble in some feta cheese too. Lovely.
• from Jamie's Kitchen
300g carrots, peeled
2 crunchy eating apples
1 small handful of raisins or sultanas
1 handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1 handful of fresh mint, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar
8 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted in the oven