Thursday, January 10, 2013

Three of my favourite summer salads

For someone who is not the best cook summer is a godsend because you can rely on a good salad to see you through and even I can manage a decent salad. Lately I have been trying a few different recipes and especially experimenting with using fruit in my salads. Below are three of my favourite recipes, I am hoping to share more during the following months.

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I am finally on the quinoa band wagon and thank goodness because it seems to be everywhere! If you have never cooked quinoa it is so easy - easier then rice, I just followed the instructions in this recipe. This is a really yummy and easy recipe. I made a batch on Sunday night and had enough for lunch for five days so is a great lunch idea to take to work. The only changes I have made since first finding the receipe is cherry tomatoes instead of rocket and shaved almonds instead of sunflower seeds.

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This recipe came about on Saturday when Brendan went to buy steak for dinner and came back with a 7kg watermelon. Not wanting to waste a morsel of that humongous watermelon I quickly goggled watermelon salad and came up with baby. Apparently watermelon and feta is a common combination in Italy and I have to say they are doing something right - this recipe is tasty and refreshing!! I added rocket to this recipe to beef it up a little bit and add some colour.

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This is my favourite salad because it combines three of my fave things - mango, avocado and corn! Yum. I really don't have much to say about this salad except that I would have it as a side to dinner every night if I could, I just wish mango season lasted a little longer. I used this recipe and added a can of sweet corn. I recommend this with fish or chicken, so summer.

I would love links to your favorite salads?!

10 comments:

  1. These look fantastic. I think I need to start taking more salads in for lunch each day, and these have definitely got me inspired.

    If I've got a bit of extra time, I like to roast a beetroot and make a beetroot, rocket and feta salad.

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  2. They look delish! When I was in Queenstown I had a Kumera salad which had feta, rocket, pine nuts and grapes, it was amazing! I will try and re-create it for us one night! xx

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  3. Those salads sound delicious! I've never tried watermelon in a salad but I see it everywhere! Thanks for the summer salad inspiration!

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  4. Yummy!! It's been perfect weather for salads, and watermelon...I are a whole half of one last night all to myself haha. The Jamie's 15mins book I got for Chrissy is full of them too so I'll have to let you know which ones are winners to add to your collection :) xx

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  5. I agree with you, the mango and avocado salad looks the best. I'll definitely have to wait till it's a little warmer here before trying these out. Why it's constantly raining the last thing I want is a salad hah! :) x

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  6. I'll definitely be trying the asparagus and capsicum quinoa salad, and the mango and avocado salad. I'm not the biggest fan of salads but these look so yummy. Thanks for posting them :)

    xo Stephanie

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  7. Mmm, these all look delicious! Watermelon & feta is actually one I make a lot in the Summer, with strawberries and cucumbers it's fantastic!

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  8. I'll totally be thinking on this & send you any recipes I have!

    These three salads look wonderful! I eat salads a lot--I'm a vegetarian and we have excellent produce in the Bay Area. My cousin made a "salad" (kind of like a dip to be eaten with tostito scoops or fritos, but it could be eaten as a salad, too) around Christmas that was amazing! She used corn, avocado, feta, sundried tomatoes, chopped onions, and a little bit of olive oil. I couldn't stop eating it!

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  9. Never tried quinoa even though I hear about it. Something about it intimidates me, but if you say it cooks easier than rice, then I will dare try it the next time!

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  10. That avocado and mango salad sounds amazing!!!

    x Jasmine

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