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10 easy Christmas starters

Set the tone for your festive feasting with our collection of easy, elegant Christmas starters. From easy-to-assemble seasonal salads to stunning smoked salmon and prawn parcels, our delicious recipes will cater to every guest's palate.

Winter salad wreath
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Winter salad wreath

Brighten up your Christmas table with a centrepiece salad. A perfect dish to balance rich festive favourites, this winter salad pairs peppery rocket, seasonal chicory and sweet apple with a simple honey and mustard dressing.

  1. Drizzle the lemon juice over the apple slices to stop them from browning. Set aside.
  2. Arrange the chicory leaves on a serving plate in a circular pattern for the base of the ‘wreath’. Scatter the rocket and spinach leaves over the top of the chicory.
  3. Cut 2 of the figs into wedges and scatter over the leaves. Halve the remaining figs and slice. Place the slices side-by-side to create a border around the inside circle of the wreath.
  4. Scatter the apple, beetroot and feta evenly over the leaves.
  5. For the dressing, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Season to taste. Serve in the centre of the wreath or alongside, ready for drizzling.

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  • Ingredients
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ small red or gala apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 heads of chicory, leaves separated
  • 30g rocket
  • 20g young spinach leaves
  • 4 figs
  • 2 Tesco Finest sweet fiery cooked beetroot, roughly chopped
  • 50g feta, crumbled
  • For the dressing
  • 25ml olive oil
  • 50ml white wine vinegar
  • ½ tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard​