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Recipe: Peanut Crunch Superfood Salad

I love peanut butter in a psychotic, terrifying kind of way. I’m one of those people that could just dive head first into a jar of a Monday evening and merrily while away a few hours swimming about in it. So when the idea of eating something that tastes even slightly like peanut butter and may also be a tiny bit healthy came to me, I just had to share it. 


This crunchy, tangy salad is inspired by Thai flavours and goes perfectly with a nice cold glass of New Zealand Sauvignon – see full details of my preferred choice, Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc, at the foot of the recipe, or find out more about wine pairings here.




Peanut Crunch Superfood Salad

Serves 4

Time: 25 minutes


For The Dressing:

  1. 1/4 cup good peanut butter – smooth and crunchy are both fine
  2. 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoons water
  4. All the lime juice you can get out of one lime if you squeeze really hard
  5. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  6. 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use gluten free if possible)
  7. 2 tablespoons runny honey
  8. 1/4 teaspoon crushed chilli flakes
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  10. 2 garlic cloves
  11. 1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled
  12. Fresh coriander – to taste



For The Salad:

  1. Leaves of your choice. I used a bag of ready mixed beetroot salad from Waitrose, because I’m terribly lazy, but by all means pick your own lettuce, cabbage, rocket etc!
  2. 3 Carrots – use your peeler to make them into thin ribbons
  3. 1 Cucumber
  4. 2 Spring Onions (you can also get ready prepared ones to make it extra quick!)
  5. More fresh coriander
  6. Handful of peanuts




You could also add:

Meat! Chicken, Tofu, Prawns or any seafood you fancy. Just season and grill it before you’re ready to serve.



1. Roughly chop your garlic and ginger.




2. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in the most powerful blender you can get your hands on.






4. The dressing can be made ahead of time – so refrigerate it until you need it if you’re not using straight away.




5. Chop your salad items into any shape you wish. If you want the salad extra crunchy scoop the seeds out of your cucumber, too.




6. Stick your preferred meat item on the grill, or oven bake. I grilled a chicken breast on this amazing invention called the Optigrill – you just press the chicken button and wait for a beep!




7. Present the salad beautifully on your plates, then top with meat, sprinkle lovingly with peanuts and a drizzle of the dressing.




8. Pour yourself a large glass of Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc, sit back and… enjoy!



Pair It With:

Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand




Made by the highly regarded winemaker Simon Waghorn, this New Zealand Sauvignon would go perfectly well with many a seafood dish, but this time I was looking for a more unusual pairing – and that’s how the Thai salad idea came about.

I was inspired by a recent trip to Peter Gordon’s Kopapa, where New Zealand wines hold their own against a big, bold menu of fusion dishes, many of which have Asian influences.

This, like most Sauvignons, is an assertive wine, with intense nettle, lime and basil flavours, passion fruit scents and concentrated rich exotic guava and passion fruit flavours.  It’s the perfect match for the big flavours of this salad – rich and tangy with a bit of kick!


Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand is exclusive to Waitrose. You can get yourself a bottle by clicking right here, or view the full Waitrose Cellar selection here.

Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand is also available as part of the ‘Ultimate Cellar Wine Case’ – perfect if you’re after a tasting tour. The case includes a hand-picked selection of wines, chosen from 1,200 bottles by Waitrose’s wine buyers. 


Nopi, Piccadilly

Nopi is allegedly named after its location, just North of Piccadilly. It’s the latest (and maybe greatest) restaurant from the now fairly famous Israeli Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, a chap known for the vibrancy of his food, and big, bold flavours.



Inside it’s all glitz and glamour and polished gold accents, with blinding white tiles completing the look. Undoubtedly an absolute nightmare for their poor cleaners.



The service here is basically brilliant, and Nopi’s very allergy-friendly too. They’ve got a gluten free menu, which changes daily, with a huge range of vegetables, fish and meat dishes. Admittedly not quite as big as the main menu, but not bad at all!


Gluten Free Lunch Menu




Before we began boy was presented with a little plate of bread and oil, which I watched him eat with a sad little gluten free face on. I must’ve looked very sad indeed, because moments afterwards I was given a plate of crudités for free. Look at them, are they not beautiful? They appeared under ‘GF treat’ on the bill, which was sweet. Water’s free too. Nopi is nice.


Crudites (GF Treat)


Gluten full bread


We went for the sharing plates due to an inherent inability to make any kind of decision where food’s concerned. Our chosen dishes included Pork Belly, Buttermilk Cod with Cockles, Asparagus and Jersey Royals.


Buttermilk Cod, Samphire, Cockles


Pork Belly, Squash, Apple




The food was all incredible. We couldn’t fault a thing. Even the simple crudités tasted (and looked) like the best veggies I’d ever had. It’s not cheap – sharing dishes range from £9 – £12, but it was so worth it.


If you are planning a visit to Nopi do not leave without visiting the bathrooms (preferably after a glass of wine or two). They’re entirely covered in mirrors, and they’re all WIGGLY. It’s the most disorientating thing I’ve ever experienced. Like being at a fun fair but more distressing. As I stood washing my hands attempting to recover from the shock of it all another woman entered. She stopped, startled. Then looked at me, confused. One woman actually entered the men’s by accident. Honestly, it’s enough to send one off to the funny farm.


The Verdict: Slick service, fantastic flavours, bizarre bathrooms.


Gluten Free Friendly: Yes!





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Free From Find: Perkier Foods

I’m a big fan of the recent influx of gluten free companies flogging their free from delights on our supermarket shelves, but one I hadn’t tried (until now) was Perkier foods.


The brand is totally recognisable with bright packaging and plenty of talk of snafflers, and it’s all gluten free, wheat free and free from artificial colours or flavours. So when a scrumptious little food parcel from Perkier arrived on my doorstep I was more than happy to do a little taste testing for them…


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Perkier make breakfast cereals, porridge pots and loads of naughty treats like rocky road and tiffin bars. I loved the porridge pots – it’s pretty tricky to find gluten free breakfasts when one’s out and about, so if you’re on the hunt the Perkier pots are well worth a try.



I loved the apple, cinnamon and raisin variety personally, but the golden syrup’s not bad either. Can’t have too much sweetness of a morning, can you?


My absolute favourite Perkier food item though has to go to the tiffin bars, which also come in little bite-size pieces for sharing with friends. Or for eating on your own in a dark room whilst watching nonsense tely such as “My Big Boob Hell”, which, incidentally, is a very interesting documentary full of facts. Not at all likely to rot your mind and turn your brain to marbles. Not at all.



Perkier snacks are definitely good, I had to fight the gluten-lovers for them. So they must be good. Eat some, you’ll see.




Gluten Free: Yes, yep, yes indeed.



Vietnamese Cuisine at Pho, Shoreditch

Pho bills itself as London’s ‘first specialist Vietnamese street-food restaurant’, a brazen lie that’d shame Shia LaBoeuf himself. But they are amongst the first of London’s restaurants to make Vietnamese food truly accessible, which is definitely a good thing.

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Gluten Free Burgers at Gourmet Burger Kitchen

I fell in love with Gourmet Burger Kitchen at an early age. I loved the fact that almost all burgers on the menu seemed totally excessive. I loved that they were all served with sticks in, lest they toppled over in a meaty mess. I loved that toppings included such madcap ideas as AVOCADO and PINEAPPLE. I just loved it.

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DS Gluten Free Pastry

There are few things more difficult than baking with gluten free pastry. Instead you may consider finding a needle in a haystack, walking on water or purchasing a jar of tartan paint. If you are up for a challenge, though, or just have a craving for pie that no pastry-pretenders will satisfy, I recommend this: FROZEN GLUTEN FREE PASTRY of the Gods.

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