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Salads can so often be deadly dull without any thought being put into them. But having a few simple, well thought out salads on the table for people to share is always welcome and means that you can help yourself to as much or as little as you like. So this week I am giving you recipes for delicious, simple, late-summer salads that you can get ready in advance and then assemble with the dressing just before serving. The key is to make sure you have really good-quality ingredients. A long, relaxed, drawn-out summery lunch is hard to beat, especially when the weather behaves and you can sit outside in the sunshine.

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Serves 4

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Serves 6

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

Really hot stuff: Spice lovers are rediscovering the full and fiery flavour of traditional mustard

Though not as sexy as the exotic chilli pepper – gleaming in its nail-polish red – home-grown mustard arguably has the edge in the kitchen. It is not only invaluable as a condiment, but its flavour, far richer than the chilli pepper, can be used in a host of dishes.

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Serves 4

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