When the cat is away the other cat will eat salad. Having the house, and dinner times, to myself while my husband is away tends to mean meat-free meals. It was the same when I lived by myself; I just can’t get that exited about cooking with meat for one person, and besides, I rather relish the smug sensation of busting the 5+ a day calculator with just one little meal. Here’s a salad which took in a number of items from my garden: tender young cavalo nero leaves; perpetual spinach; corn salad; springs onions, and basil. Getting lentils involved – puy, in this case – as well as some goat’s cheese, turns a salad into a respectable meal in a bowl. Take a leaf and feast on salad alone tonight.