Salad days: Domini Kemp’s summer recipes

Our resident chef shares dishes that are perfect for al fresco dining. Photography by Dean Carroll.

Inspired by a recipe from Ixta Belfrage, this dip is sunny and fresh. Picture: Dean Carroll

Killer salads and sides can make or break an outdoor feast when weather dictates whether or not that barbecue gets hauled out of the garden shed and fired up. Speaking as a ferocious, control freak professional party planner, I like to have not just a Plan B, but all the way down to Plan F.

The ricotta and cucumber dip with spiced pine nuts that I’ve included here is very much inspired by one the ...