Showing posts with label Salad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Salad. Show all posts


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tabbouleh is such a nice and light salad that is packed with all things good for you. I love eating tabbouleh with either naan bread or as a side salad to meat. I just love the flavours that come together and using what I can from the garden during the summer makes it that much tasty! You can substitute rice or bulgur wheat for the quinoa for a different take. Enjoy!

Quinoa Tabbouleh
Prep time: 15 min        Cook Time: 20 min           Yield: 4 servings

- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- 1/2 small clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 English cucumber, diced
- 2 tomatoes, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh Mint
- Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Bring vegetable broth and water to a boil. Turn the temperature down to a simmer and add the quinoa. Cover and cook until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Stir in cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, chives and mint until blended. Add quinoa and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

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10 Fresh Summer Salads

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I love the summer season, especially since a lot of fruits and veggies that I purchase are grown locally. I drive by at least four fruit and veggie stands on my way to and from work, so I always pick up my produce from them. The produce tastes just so much better since they were not frozen or picked too early in order to arrive "fresh" at the store. It is also great to support local farmers that feed our families! If you love the fresh varieties of fruits and veggies growing either in your back yard or local farmer's stands, then you will enjoy these fresh garden veggie recipes! Enjoy!

Warm Quinoa, Spinach and Shiitake Salad

Strawberry Broccoli Salad
Glazed Summer Fruit Salad

Eggplant Caprese Salad
Grilled Vegetable Summer Salad with Mozzarella
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
Cajun Turkey and Fresh Melon Salad
Fresh Summer Fruit Salad
Italian Salad
Pesto Pizza Salad

Grilled Veggie Pasta "Salad"

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

This pasta "salad" is perfect for the summer months when fresh veggies are in season. I like to call this a "salad" because of the yummy grilled veggies that are used in this dish. Next time I make this dish, I will for sure add green onions instead of cooking onions as well as asparagus, for more green colour to the dish. You can eat it cold like a pasta salad too, but I prefer it served warm. You can add any veggies you wish, but I had these in my fridge and used them for this dish. Enjoy!

Grilled Veggie Pasta "Salad"
Prep time: 15 min        Cook Time: 35 min           Yield: 4 servings

- 2 cups small pasta shells
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1 package (8 oz.) mushrooms, sliced
- 16 grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 tsp Herbe de Provence
- salt and pepper, to taste

- 1/2 cup pasta sauce
- Grated Parmesan cheese

1. Cook pasta according to package. Drain and set aside.
2. Heat barbecue grill to medium heat. Add vegetables in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with Herbe de Provence, salt and pepper.
3. Over medium heat, add grilled vegetables to pasta pot. Stir to combine. Add pasta sauce and stir to combine. Ensure pasta sauce is warmed thoroughly.
4. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

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Simple Garden Veggie Salad

Thursday, July 4, 2013

During the summer, I love making fresh veggie salads to go with many of my meat dishes. I also like to keep them light, with no croutons or dressing required.

This salad is my favourite, since I make it with the fresh veggies I get from my garden and toss them in an oil and salt dressing. You can add sweet banana peppers, leeks, fresh radishes, or any other fresh vegetable. Enjoy!

Simple Garden Veggie Salad
Prep time: 5 min           Yield: 4-6 servings

- 4 large tomatoes
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 medium onion
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1-2 tsp. coarse sea salt

1. Dice tomatoes, cucumber and onion. Place in a serving bowl. Drizzle vegetable oil and season with salt. Stir to coat evenly. Serve and enjoy!

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