All posts filed under: Salads

Coriander-Walnut Pesto

Move over pine nuts and basil as fresh coriander and toasted walnuts blend together to make this wonderful and easy pesto. Traditional Pesto also called Pesto Alla Genovese originates in Genoa,Italy and consists of pine nuts, salt, basil leaves , minced garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Also quite strictly this pesto is pounded with a mortar and pestle to achieve the desired results. However a small food processor works great too. In this modern version the pine nuts are substituted with walnuts and the star ingredient is fresh Coriander leaves or Cilantro and just some basil leaves thrown in for good measure. All the ingredients compliment each other really well and trust me you will be tempted to eat this pesto by the spoonful. Here is my recipe for this delightful pesto. I have wonderful memories fine tuning this recipe for an event at the college, I taught at some years ago. With quite a few trials and errors we perfected this recipe and now it’s a go-to recipe in my kitchen. This is …

Roasted Hasselback Butternut Squash

Our weekdays are fairly hectic with all of us working from home. Most mornings turn out to be busy with either my workshops or recipe trials for future ones. Yes busy is good, but then the family has to eat too! Easy lunch ideas are what I aim for most days without the monotonous repertoire of soup and sandwiches. I had been browsing for some quick and easy recipes,when I stumbled upon this one for a Hasselback Butternut Squash.I have made hasselback potatoes often which are essentially a swedish tradition. The squash on the other hand has taken various avatars, in soups and salads, but never really quite in this form. I have adapted this slightly from Nourishing Amy. To be quite honest I was totally blown away by her images and the wonderful presentation. Now when I went through Amy’s blog post I got really excited as I had a medium butternut squash that was calling to be made just this way. This recipe is just so quick and easy. The important tip for …

Quinoa Burgers

Meatless Mondays just got even better with these ridiculously easy and delicious Quinoa Burgers. Yes I get it, I’m probably giving way too much importance to Quinoa of late. The fact is, I now substitute Quinoa for rice most often, and now hooked and a diehard Quinoa fan. As a result, I almost always have leftover Quinoa in the refrigerator and looking for creative ways of using it before it heads to the bin. Leftovers always make for interesting innovations in my kitchen and the Quinoa quite often gets turned into a spicy Curried Quinoa or Potato Quinoa Patties. The burgers worked out very flavourful and packed with clean  and wholesome ingredients. Last week I gave the Quinoa Burgers a try and they sure turned out great. Best part is they freeze well too for the weeks ahead when you need a vegetarian fix. Of late I seem to be going Vegan almost three to four times a week and quite enjoying it. Well, I do cook Meat and chicken for the family, however quite …

Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Salad

    Thankful & Grateful Today And Everyday! Happy Thanksgiving!   Fall is the perfect time to embrace versatile flavours of Pumpkins, and weather these are cooked, roasted or baked, they makeup for numerous experiments in our kitchens. With the temperatures now cooler, cozy and warm meals tend to be on top of our meal prep.Last week this wonderful Roasted Pumpkin salad was the highlight in my kitchen. Now wouldn’t you agree that roasting vegetables, elevates flavours to another level? It is one of my favorite ways of cooking vegetables.I love using flavoured oils like Avocado Oil, sesame oil and Olive oil ofcourse, to flavour the vegetables. As a matter of fact October saw a lot of roasted vegetables on our plates right from Asparagus,Cauliflowers,Sweet potatoes and Broccoli.I love the fact that one can lay out the vegetables on a tray with oil and seasoning and put them into an oven and land up with delicious flavors soon enough! Well that’s exactly how this warm salad turned out! The roasting enhanced the earthy and sweet …

Falafel Salad Bowl

  Having lived in the Middle East for a little less than two decades, our taste buds tend to gravitate to wonderful middle eastern flavours that revive memories of our stay as expats in Dubai. Our dinners quite often have a hint of levantine spices and ingredients, and my kitchen pantry is almost always stocked with  za’taar and sumac spices, pomegranate molasses,preserved lemons, sesame seeds, saffron and olive oil. The tahini sauce has also come to be a  sought after condiment and used quite frequently to accompany many of my meals. Last week I decided to make up a  Falafel Salad Bowl for a light and easy lunch. The Falafels and the Tahini sauce have been made from scratch and the recipe is as explained below. Now most often I do bake the Pita breads too,however time being of essence,I had to make do with store bought ones! I do have to admit that the vibrancy and textures of the Falafel Salad Bowl brought about a burst of flavour in every bite.The edamame,all though part …