Fruity Three-Cheese Salad

This salad is colourful, refreshing and very tasty - and it's especially good for your teeth with the crunchy fruit and celery. Each serving contains 435mg of calcium.Fruity Three-Cheese Salad

Ingredients:

75g (3oz) mature Cheddar cheese
75g (3oz) Red Leicester cheese
75g (3oz) White Cheshire or Caerphilly cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
6 celery sticks, sliced
2 red apples, cored and chopped
150g (5oz) red or green seedless grapes, halved
100g (4oz) ready-to-eat dried apricots
25g (1oz) raisins or sultanas
25g (1oz) almonds, chopped (or use toasted flaked almonds)
a few crisp lettuce leaves, shredded
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Method:

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.

Serves 4

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 yoghurt to dress the salad - it tastes excellent, and adds even more calcium.