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Nicky’s recipe of the month to help boost your immune system

March 26th, 2020

Apple, Walnut and coriander salad with burnt garlic dressing

By Nadya



2 tart apples like Granny Smiths, cored, quartered and thinly sliced

2 tblsp lemon juice

90g rocket leaves

A large handful of fresh coriander leaves

100g toasted walnuts, roughly chopped


For the dressing:

3 cloves garlic, not peeled

A large pinch salt

150ml olive oil

50ml balsamic vinegar

1 tblsp mayonnaise




  1. Prepare the apple, sprinkle the lemon juice on top and stir the juice in. This will stop the apple going brown.
  2. Put the rocket and coriander leaves into a large bowl. Add the apples and walnuts and toss through.
  3. To prepare the dressing, burn the garlic by placing it on the edge of a small gas hob and turning the flame on low so it can catch the edges and turn the garlic completely black. Alternatively, use a blow torch and burn the garlic completely.
  4. Keeping the charred skins on, chop the garlic as fine as you can. Then, using the back of a knife, crush the chopped garlic to release the flavour. Put it into a jar with a lid, then add the salt, oil, vinegar and mayonnaise. Put the lid on and give it a good shake.
  5. Dress your salad with as much or as little as you like and whatever is left can be kept in the fridge for another salad.

Cooks notes


 We found that the dressing was a little oily and so added another table spoon of vinegar. We also had to use an open fire to blacken our garlic on but it worked well!


Nutrition notes


Garlic has been used by herbalists and apothecaries for many hundreds of years. Like other members of the allium family it contains a number of active sulphur compounds which appear to have several health benefits. Of particular interest for us today, is that it has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. If you are following a vegetarian diet, the walnuts in this salad are a good source of linolenic acid. Linolenic acid can be converted by the body into one of the omega 3 fatty acids EPA or DHA: these essential fatty acids are found in fish and protect us against cardiovascular disease.




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