Spinach Beet Growing In Veg Garden & How To Use It

I have been growing spinach beet in the veg garden this year for the very first time. The leaves have started to get big and so I asked Topveg when I could start to harvest the spinach beet leaves.

Once I knew that the leaves were ready to harvest I wasn’t sure how to use them so again an email to Topveg and this is the reply I got,

The tiny leaves are good as salad – just need washing. Better to leave them a bit bigger for cooking as they cook down to nothing. They are lovely cooked – but need draining well – squashing in a collander – excellent with poached egg (quail) on top – or v good in lasagne – Delia has it in her 4 cheese lasagne.

The beauty of it is that it keeps coming- if you take care not to spoil the growing centers of the new leaves as you pick the old. If you can’t keep up with it – you must trim it off to stop it going to seed. Once it does that it stops giving you fresh leaves.

Yesterday we used the spinach beet leaves in a salad with hard boiled guinea fowl eggs. Looking forward to a summer meals using spinach beet leaves. If you have any recupes you would like to share using spinach beet then please let me know.

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Salmon & Macadamia Salad

I love having salmon in a salad and adding some macadamia nuts is a great addition making a very healthy salad which makes a great light lunch at any time of the year.

Salmon and Macadamia Salad

Serves 4

Salmon and Macadamia Salad

Salmon and Macadamia Salad


  • 4 salmon steaks
  • 100g toasted macadamia nut halves
  • 150g green salad leaves
  • 8 sundried tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar


Preparation / Cooking Instructions

  1. Grill the salmon and flake.
  2. To toast the macadamia nuts, place halved macadamia nuts in a dry frying pan and cook until golden, shaking regularly.
  3. Whisk oil, mustard and vinegar, mix together with leaves and season.
  4. Divide into 4 servings and sprinkle the salmon flakes, nuts and sundried tomatoes over the green salad leaves.

Click on the link for more information about facts and nutritional value of macadamia nuts.

A range of healthy eating recipes, in depth information and research about the health benefits of Macadamia nuts is available from the Macadamia Advice Centre.