Root vegetable salad

Serves 4

  • 3 carrots

  • 3 raw beetroots (different colours if possible)

  • 1 bunch of radishes

  • 1 celery heart (with leaves)

  • ½ a small radicchio , or 1 baby gem lettuce

  • 1 fennel bulb

  • 1 lemon

  • ½ a bunch of fresh mint

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

1. Wearing a pair of rubber gloves, use a Y-shaped peeler to carefully peel the carrots and beetroots over a chopping board, discarding the peelings.



2. Using the Y-shaped peeler again, shave the carrots and beetroots into nice thin wavy strips, then place in a large mixing bowl.



3. Carefully cut the tops and tails off the radishes, then finely slice and add to the bowl.



4. Trim and finely slice the celery, including any paler inner leaves, then add to the bowl.



5. Trim and finely slice the lettuce, discarding any tatty outer leaves and tough stalky bits, then add to the bowl.



6. Pick the leafy fennel tops and put to one side, then finely slice the fennel bulb and add to the bowl.



7. Cut the lemon in half.



8. Squeeze the juice into a small bowl or a jam jar, using your fingers to catch any pips.



9. Pick and finely chop the mint leaves, keeping the baby ones to one side, then add to the small bowl or jam jar, discarding the stalks.



10. Add the extra virgin olive oil and whisk together with a fork or put the lid securely on the jar and shake well.



11. Taste the dressing and season with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper, if you think it needs it, then pour over the root vegetables and taste again to check you're happy.



12. Toss the vegetables in the dressing, then transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle over the fennel tops and reserved baby mint

leaves and dig in.



Tip: Using a Y-shaped peeler helps slice vegetables into long thin ribbons in no time at all.



Nutritional Information

Root vegetable salad

Made up of beautiful ribbons of shaved veg

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Method

1. Wearing a pair of rubber gloves, use a Y-shaped peeler to carefully peel the carrots and beetroots over a chopping board, discarding the peelings.

2. Using the Y-shaped peeler again, shave the carrots and beetroots into nice thin wavy strips, then place in a large mixing bowl.

3. Carefully cut the tops and tails off the radishes, then finely slice and add to the bowl.

4. Trim and finely slice the celery, including any paler inner leaves, then add to the bowl.

5. Trim and finely slice the lettuce, discarding any tatty outer leaves and tough stalky bits, then add to the bowl.

6. Pick the leafy fennel tops and put to one side, then finely slice the fennel bulb and add to the bowl.

7. Cut the lemon in half.

8. Squeeze the juice into a small bowl or a jam jar, using your fingers to catch any pips.

9. Pick and finely chop the mint leaves, keeping the baby ones to one side, then add to the small bowl or jam jar, discarding the stalks.

10. Add the extra virgin olive oil and whisk together with a fork or put the lid securely on the jar and shake well.

11. Taste the dressing and season with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper, if you think it needs it, then pour over the root vegetables and taste again to check you're happy.

12. Toss the vegetables in the dressing, then transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle over the fennel tops and reserved baby mint
leaves and dig in.

Tip: Using a Y-shaped peeler helps slice vegetables into long thin ribbons in no time at all.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 217
  • Carbs 13.1g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Fat 15.4g
  • Saturates 2.2g
  • Protein 3.3g
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 3 carrots

  • 3 raw beetroots (different colours if possible)

  • 1 bunch of radishes

  • 1 celery heart (with leaves)

  • ½ a small radicchio , or 1 baby gem lettuce

  • 1 fennel bulb

  • 1 lemon

  • ½ a bunch of fresh mint

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper