Fruity Three-Cheese Salad
50g mature Cheddar cheese
50g Red Leicester cheese
50g White Cheshire or Caerphilly cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
6 celery sticks, sliced
2 red apples, cored and chopped
150g red or green seedless grapes, halved
100g ready-to-eat dried apricots
25g raisins or sultanas
25g almonds, chopped (or use toasted flaked almonds)
a few crisp lettuce leaves, shredded
1 tsp sesame seeds
1. Cut the three cheeses into bite-sized cubes.
2. Put the lemon juice into a large salad bowl and add the celery, apples, grapes, apricots, raisins or sultanas and almonds. Add the lettuce and cheese cubes and toss the ingredients together.
3. Put the sesame seeds into a small frying pan and heat, stirring them often, until they start to brown. Cool for a few moments, and then sprinkle over the salad. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Cook's Tips: Use your choice of traditional British cheeses to make this recipe - you could try adding some Stilton, either the blue variety or white with apricots. If you prefer, just use one cheese - mature Cheddar always tastes good with apples and celery. Another time, try adding a small pot of low-fat plain yogurt to dress the salad - it tastes excellent, and adds even more calcium.