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Broccoli, Spelt and Orange Salad Recipe by Davina McCall
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Broccoli, Spelt and Orange Salad Recipe by Davina McCall

A bit of citrus in a salad recipe perks it up beautifully and gives it a lovely tangy flavour. I use a pack of ready-cooked spelt for speed, but you can, of course, cook your own if you prefer or use any other smart carbs you like, such as cooked quinoa, pearl barley, brown rice or barley couscous. So yummy.

Serves 4


300g ready-cooked spelt
300g tenderstem or purple
sprouting broccoli
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
2 tbsp sesame seeds, to garnish

1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 oranges
1 tsp rice vinegar
Salt and black pepper


1. Heat up the spelt according to the packet instructions and tip it into a serving bowl.
2. Put the broccoli in a steamer or a colander over a pan of boiling water and steam for 2 minutes, then set it aside.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the broccoli and cook it gently for 2–3 minutes. Add the chilli and garlic and fry for another minute.
3. To make the dressing, whisk together the tahini, sesame oil, juice of half an orange and the rice vinegar in a small jug and season with salt and black pepper.
4. Peel and segment the remaining oranges, discarding the pith.
5. Mix the sautéed broccoli with the cooked spelt and add the orange segments.
6. Pour over the dressing, scatter with sesame seeds and serve.


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