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Bloody Mary-inspired salad

Bloody Mary-inspired salad

The savoury elements of a Bloody Mary (with sherry in place of vodka) dress this earthy lentil and peppy watercress salad with style. Pair with a steak or simple roast chicken.

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HealthySource of fibre2 of your 5 a day
  • Serves4
  • CourseSide
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook5 mins
  • Total time20 mins
  • Pluscooling

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  • 75ml cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp caster or granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 sticks celery, cut into 1cm pieces, any leaves picked, rinsed and reserved
  • 450g pack Classic Vine Tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • 1 tbsp dry or medium-dry sherry (optional)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 250g pouch beluga lentils
  • 100g watercress, thick stalks discarded
  • 50g pitted green or black olives, sliced


  1. Add the vinegar and 75ml water to a small saucepan. Add ¼ tsp sugar, the mustard seeds, a pinch of salt and the celery. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain, reserving the pickling liquid, and leave the celery (which should still be crunchy) to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, put the tomatoes into a shallow bowl and toss with the remaining ¼ tsp sugar, the celery salt, sherry (if using), 1 tbsp oil and a good grind of black pepper, then set aside.

  3. Make the dressing in a large bowl. Whisk together 1 tbsp reserved pickling liquid, the remaining 2 tbsp oil, the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and a pinch of salt. Gently squeeze the lentil pack to loosen, then tip into the dressing. Add the tomatoes and any liquid in the bowl, the pickled celery, celery leaves, watercress and olives and toss gently. Transfer to a large platter to serve.

Cook’s tip

The dressing may seem hot on its own, but mixing it with the rest of the ingredients mutes the flavours. 


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


968kJ/ 232kcals



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