Salads and More

I have been looking at doing a Salad roundup on my blog for ever so long.Well here it is! These are an assortment of my absolute favourite ones. With ingredients like Beets,Olives,Cheese,Chicken,Corn and an assortment of Shredded Cabbage and yes Minced Chicken too,these recipes are sure to complement any dinner table. They  are an absolute delight served as  main course salads,that work great on  week-nights with grilled meats or fish or perhaps  just as is with some soup.Our family for one enjoy’s a good hearty salad with every meal.

Salad collage

I have put together a mix of some super simple salad ideas.These salads strike a happy balance between sweet and spicy flavours.Most of them have no more than five ingredients along with easy homemade dressings too.Based on what is available seasonally,do go ahead and try some variations if you like.Salads needn’t be boring anymore! Paired with the right dressing they can add that zing to any greens that you may choose.The refreshing choice of ingredients will certainly satisfy your taste buds.

Think salad’s are boring? Well think again,as these wonderful recipes are bound to get you to a second helping!

1.Bocconaccini SaladIMG_5980

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-2 Red Bell peppers
  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 8-10 Green Olives
  • 4-5 Balls of Bocconacinni Cheese
  • Chia seeds for garnish
  • Squeeze of Lemon
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil (optional)

METHOD:

  1. Cut the bell peppers into small squares.
  2. De seed the cucumber and peel the skin and cut into chunks.
  3. Add the above in a bowl and now put in the olives and cheese balls.
  4. Mix the Olive oil,salt and pepper with the lemon juice and drizzle over the salad.
  5. Sprinkle with Chia seeds.

 

2.Asian Slaw:

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INGREDIENTS:

For the Salad

  • 1 cup Red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 cup Green Cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 cup prepared shredded carrots
  • ½ cup Chinese cabbage (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber (cut into medium cubes)
  • 1 cup cooked and shelled Edamame (optional)
  • 2 small green onions (white parts only)
  • Fresh coriander (chopped for garnish)
  • Handful of crushed peanuts for garnish

For the salad, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. If serving right away, drizzle the peanut dressing over top and toss; otherwise, serve the dressing on the side so the salad doesn’t get soggy.

Ingredients:

For Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • A small bit of freshly chopped coriander

Garnish:

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Handful of roasted peanuts

Add all the above except the chopped coriander to a small food processor and make it into a fine paste.Add the chopped coriander and mix well into the Asian Slaw.Garnish with Sesame seeds and roasted peanuts.

 

3.Chicken Salad:

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INGREDIENTS:

2 skinless chicken breasts

1/2 red onion (chopped finely)

2-3 of green onion (green and white parts chopped

1 small green capsicum (chopped finely)

1 red (capsicum chopped finely)

3-4 tablespoons boiled corn nibbles

1/4 cup fine chopped parsley

1/2 cup of mayonnaise

1/2 cup of plain yogurt( water drained)

Directions:

  • Fill a pan with water .Add the chicken breasts and add some peppercorns and bay leaves to it. Bring to a full boil and then lower the heat to a simmer and poach the chicken for about 10 -14 minutes or till cooked. Drain the water and cool.
  • Shred the chicken
  • Ensure the water from the yogurt has been drained.
  • Next chop the onions and the green onions and finely chop the capsicum as well.
  • In a bowl now mix the shredded chicken, onions,capsicum and the corn.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix in the Mayonnaise and the drained yogurt.
  • You may chill the salad for half an hour before serving
  • Serve the chicken salad either on some bruschetta or canapés.
  • This chicken salad can be used as a filling for sandwiches or even a wrap.

4.Warm Beetroot and Feta Salad:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2-3 medium Beetroot ( Boiled and chopped)
  • 65 grams crumbled feta
  • Walnuts ( a handful roughly chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Macadamia nut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • dash of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.Mix the chopped beetroot & crumbled feta well.

2.Mix all the ingredients for the salad dressing and drizzle over the salad.

3.Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

4.Chill for 15-20 minutes and serve over the parmesan crackers

 

5.Minced chicken in lettuce Wraps:

 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large head iceberg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 250 grams minced chicken
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 large spring onions, white and green parts, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander and crushed peanuts

For Serving:

Any Thai Dipping Sauce

Finely sliced carrots or Red Peppers

Directions:

1.Fill a large bowl with cold water. Chop off the stem, then cut around the inner core of the lettuce and remove (do not cut all the way through the lettuce; just deep enough to remove the core). Discard the wilted outer leaves and then place the head of lettuce in the bowl of water. Gently pull apart the leaves, then place them on a paper towel to dry. Cut any large leaves in half.Chill in the fridge.

2.Heat the oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and ginger and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.

3.Add the ground chicken and turn the heat up to high. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until partially cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and red pepper flakes and continue cooking, stirring frequently to break up the meat, until the chicken is cooked through, 5-6 minutes more. Off the heat, stir in the scallions, cilantro, mint and nuts. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

4.T0 serve:Scoop some of the filling into the lettuce cup,sprinkle the crushed peanuts and coriander over it add the sliced carrots or peppers and a bit of Thai dipping sauce and roll up and eat .

 

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