Category Archives: Salads

Sweet Tomato Relish

If there was a reason to go out for Sunday breakfast it was for the taste of the Sweet Tomato Relish at our local bakery.  So I decided it was high time I made a homemade equivalent! After a couple of attempts my family have declared this the best!

I serve this alongside toast, plant-powered bacon and some sliced shiitake mushrooms (stir-fried in olive oil, salt, pepper finished off with a dash of lemon juice) It’s just as delicious pilled onto a vegan burger!

Sweet Tomato Relish
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Adjusted from
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Let the family drive into this at anytime, as It can be stores for up to a month in a sealed glass container, in the refrigerator.
  • 4 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thinly in half-moons
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½  cup maple syrup
  • ½  cup brown sugar
  •  ½  tsp red chilli flakes
  1. Place all ingredients in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir to combine and continue stirring occasionally as it simmers for about 45 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium (or medium-low, depending on how hot your stovetop runs) and continue to simmer and stir for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the mixture thickens and has the consistency of jam.
  4. Remove from heat, cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.



Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Spread

Here’s a family favourite, unfortunately for my fellow South Africans I’ve yet to find Ume Plum Vinegar locally, and no other vinegar comes close in delivering this tasty result!

I am pleased to have the local brand, B-Well, a mayo which is dairy and egg free!

Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Spread
Recipe Type: Lunch or snack
Author: Slightly adjusted from
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 2 mins
Total time: 7 mins
Serves: 4
The secret to this ‘tuna’ lies in using Ume Plum Vinegar. Made with Japanese plums, it has a distinctive flavor, so I don’t recommend substituting a different vinegar. I buy the Eden brand of ume plum vinegar (When I travel to the USA). This ingredient adds the saltiness, so there is absolutely no added salt in the recipe.
  • 14-oz can of salt-free chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup vegan mayo (B-Well in South Africa)
  • 1 tsp dijon or whole grain mustard
  • 1½ tbsp ume plum vinegar (add a splash more if you are using avocado instead of mayo)
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced green onion or red onion or shallot
  • ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (more to taste) or smoked paprika
  1. Place the chickpeas, dairy-free mayo, mustard, ume vinegar, celery, onion, black pepper, and cayenne pepper into a food processor.
  2. Pulse a few times until incorporated and minced. Careful not to overblend. You shouldn’t be pulsing more than 20 seconds.
  3. Serve on toast with romaine lettuce and inside a halved avocado.