So this is a soft, floaty sort of light, summer salad, saved from blandness by; the nuts which give it crunch; the dried fruit which gives a bit of sweetness; the spring onions which give some zing; and the herbs which give a bit of flavour.

It goes well with roast chicken, with lamb, and with salmon, together with a Right Royal Cabbage in a creamy garlic and bacon sauce.


Recipe for soft green salad with dried cranberries, pistachios and spring onions

Serves 6


  • 60g/2 oz bag soft salad leaves – lambs lettuce for example. Or 140g/5 oz bag of butterhead salad leaves – if you find this, you can omit the spinach.
  • 60g/2 oz bag baby spinach
  • a handful of coriander or parsley
  • about six spring onions
  • 40g/¼ cup dried cranberries, or raisins, or dried sour cherries…or dried goji berries
  • 2 tbsp chopped pistachios

Ingredients for dressing

  • 1 fat clove of garlic, crushed with 1 tsp smoked salt
  • ½ teasp cumin seeds (dry fried and crushed in a pestle and mortar)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • juice and zest of half a lime
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Mix up the dressing.
  2. Empty the leaves into a large salad bowl.
  3. Snip over the herbs and the spring onions.
  4. Sprinkle over the berries and nuts.
  5. Dress, toss, and serve!


soft green salad recipe