Mediterranean Vegetable and Walnut Salad

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Serves: 6


  • 75g (3oz) walnuts, chopped
  • 75ml (3fl oz) olive vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon pitted olives
  • 400g (13oz) can chickpeas
  • 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 4 handfuls of green salad leaves


  • Heat the walnuts in a dry pan over a medium heat for 1 – 2 minutes until slightly toasted.
  • Whisk together the olive vinaigrette and olives in a small bowl.
  • Mix together the chickpeas, pepper, carrot, and onion in a medium bowl. Toss with 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette.
  • Toss the spinach and other salad leaves with the remaining vinaigrette. Transfer to a large serving bowl, top with the vegetable mixture and sprinkle with walnuts.

Nutritional Tips

Walnuts are one of the richest plant sources of omega – 3 fatty acids available. A handful of walnuts provides as much omega – 3 as 75g (3oz) portion of salmon. Walnut oil is also rich in omega – 3.

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