Category: Salad

Grapefruit Salad with Chinese Beans, Cherry Tomato and Granny’s Apple

A fresh and light salad, perfect for a light lunch or as a side with a steak
A fresh and light salad, perfect for a light lunch or as a side with a steak

The monsoon has already started receding, and has left behind this crazy unbearably hot days! The soups will soon be forgotten and in its place a huge bowl of salad will make dinner light, bright and healthy. Last week whilst driving across our end of town, I came across these delicious grapefruits at the local market, thankfully not as expensive as some food baskets sell it at. The salad was planned right there.

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Summer Special: Fruity Salad

A perfect combination of crunch from the nuts and greens makes this salad a hit with all age groups
A perfect combination of crunch from the nuts and greens makes this salad a hit with all age groups

I’ve often wondered what makes a salad special. Is it the mix of ingredients, textures, flavours or an amalgamation of all of these together? Or is it farm fresh ingredients and a sweet-salty-sour dressing? I’ve still not got my answer to that one, but this salad with grapefruit, pomegranate and a bit of roasted nuts, seems to be the perfect answer to a hot day!

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Couscous Salad

Made of equal carbohydrates and proteins, couscous is an ideal base to make a filling salad
Made of equal carbohydrates and proteins, couscous is an ideal base to make a salad sumptuous and filling

A salad doesn’t necessarily need to be on a bed of lettuce, not does it have to be boring and put together at the last-minute. Salads can be zesty, fruity, crunchy and even have a bit of carbohydrates for good measure! My newly discovered love for couscous, sees me pairing it up with greens, fruits and cheese often. While many people mistake couscous for a pasta, though its made of durum wheat the manufacturing process is very different, The wheat  is crushed rather than ground up to make the pasta. What i love about couscous in a salad is that it gives the salad a beautiful texture.  (more…)

Sprout Salad with Bok Choy, Roquette, Cherry Tomato, Tamarind and Peanuts

Sprout salad with tamarind and peanuts
Sprout salad with tamarind and peanuts

I simply love these long-tailed green gram, commercially known as Chinese Bean Sprouts. The shelves of many a grocery store are lined with these delicious sprouts, but they are pretty easy to make at home too. Though they may not be as versatile when it comes to cooking with them, they are a healthy source of nutrients, proteins,amino acids and Vitamin B. So sprouts should be made part of your daily routine. We just par boil them and eat them with a squeeze of lime and some salt every morning with breakfast. But, this post is not about plain boring sprouts, it’s about a salad that literally explodes a million taste buds! It’s sweet, salty, crunchy, spicy, sour and most important healthy.

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Seven-Bean Five-Layer Salad with a Tangy Lime Dressing

7 Bean 5 Layer Salad
7 Bean 5 Layer Salad

I’ve often been told that beans are fabulous for health and I must include it in my diet as often as I can. So my mornings start with sprouted green gram and in the evening’s I try to make myself a hummus, (have you heard of black bean hummus? It tastes quite yum when served with rye crackers) or at times even use it as a base for my meats and gravies or even just stir fried in a dollop of butter with garlic. But this is the first time I’ve used 7 different beans together in a salad and it is quite a treat.

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Hummus

Homemade hummus with pita bread
Homemade hummus with pita bread

This is proof that you don’t need much to turn out a brilliant finger licking entree. 3 basic ingredients and a simple mixer (food processor) is all this needs.

My introduction to hummus was courtesy a friend who loved mediterranean food. It was one rainy Sunday when we were sitting on wicker chairs with blue upholstery, within a really delicately designed sparkling white restaurant when this appetiser arrives. Tucked into the dip were crispy lavash. Chickpeas delicately rested on the fine edge of the hummus. Slit green chillies, paprika and lemon juice glistened against a well of olive oil. It seemed to pretty to destroy, and yet I had no control over my fingers. They dug into the hummus spoon after spoon…

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Green Apple and Feta Tossed Salad

Kale with Roasted Almonds and Golden Raisins

Peach, Arugula and Feta Salad

Simple crunchy peach, onion, arugula and feta salad. A perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and cheesy dishes
Simple crunchy peach, onion, arugula and feta salad. A perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and cheesy dishes

I love a colourful plate of goodies to nibble on along with my meats and what better than a nice crunchy plate of a salad. As you must have guessed peaches are my favourite fruits. This year I’ve used them in smoothies, in a cheesecake and even in a trifle. There’s something about this crunchy, sweet and sour fruit that makes it a perfect combination with a lot of textures, flavours and aromas.

This recipe can be tossed together in less than 5 minutes. What’s more I’ve used a really, and I mean really simple marinade to string the flavours together.

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