Wednesday, 31 July 2019

When It Is Too Hot To Cook 

Looking for something different and tasty on these hot summer days, especially with the August long weekend coming up? 

Here are some top 5 salads tried, tested and approved by us. These salads are easy, oven-less and definitely not boring. 

1. Mushroom Salad

This is so simple and delicious and was found on @rawandfree 

  • 4 cups of sliced button mushrooms (or a mix) 
  • Half a red onion sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped parsley 
Mix all ingredients in a bowl 

  • 1/4 cup extra Virgin Olive Oil (of Avocado oil) 
  • 5 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP whole grain mustard 
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup 
  • Pinch of salt 
Mix dressing through the salad and enjoy. Can add toppings of black pepper and avocado slices if desired. 

2. Thai Watermelon Salad

We have all heard of watermelon, feta and mint which is a delicious go to. Now here is a twist on that refreshing salad. 
  • 1 small watermelon cubed
  • 1/2 cucumber quartered
  • 1 medium carrot quartered
  • 1 stalk of celery sliced 
  • 3 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium bell pepper chopped 
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • ~ 8 mint leaves chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup tamari sauce 
  • 3 TBSP avocado oil 
  • 1 TBS sesame oil 
  • Juice of 1/2 lime 
  • 1 TBSP sriracha 
  • 1 TSP freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 TSP fish sauce
  • 1 minced garlic clove 
Mix all together and enjoy on the patio. This recipe has come from @paleomg 

3. Soba Noodle 

This delicious salad is a great alternative from the typical spinach and lettuce base. This recipe is from 'Oh She Glows Everyday' and you can add some extra veggies as desired

  • 1 pack of soba noodles (cook as per directions)
  • 2 bell pepper diced 
  • 3 green onions chopped 
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 mango sliced
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro 
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil 
  • 3 TBS rice vinegar
  • 1 TBS tahini
  • 1 TBS maple syrup 
  • 1 TBS tamari sauce
Mix dressing and pour over salad ingredients. Top with some chili peppers or sriracha if you would like some extra spice. 
Freshly squeezed lime juice over before serving and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

4. Grilled Corn Salad

Local corn is starting to show up in farmers markets and road side stands. Pick up a few stocks, you need 4 for this recipe.

Soak the entire husk in water. Then throw it directly on the grill and let it cook. Rotating the cobs once the husk starts to blacken. 

Let the cobs cool and prepare the rest of this delicious salad ingredients. 
  • 4 cobs of cooked corn, shucked 
  • 3 large zucchini, thickly sliced and grilled
  • 1 large red onion, thickly sliced and grilled 
  • 2 TBSP olive oil to drizzle on the zucchini and onion. 
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 large shallot chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh or picked jalapenos chopped (optional)
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons 
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped 
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 3/4 cups extra virgin olive oil 
Mix all together and drizzle over salad. 

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5. DIY & Customize 

Proper preparation prevents poor performance. Say that five times fast, yet it is true. So follow some of these DIYs tips and you can have a healthy, quick and delicious go to meal. 
  • Base: Start with greens and skip the iceberg and pick field greens, spinach and kale
  • Add some crunch: top with your favourite veggies. Think cabbage which is a great option that provides texture. Maybe some shredded carrots for colour. Finally chopped celery, cucumbers and peppers. The more colourful the more likely you will want to dive in. So make it interesting. 
  • Easy tip: Chop a bunch of veggies and leave them in containers for a quick grab and add to your salads. This takes the preparation time way down. 
  • Make it fun: Add personality, this is where you can add nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, dried fruit, goat cheese (if not sensitive).  
  • Make it a meal: do not forget to add protein to your salad. Chicken, fish, eggs, beef, chickpeas/black beans, lentils and/or tofu. 
  • Dressing: Make sure you have good quality oil and ingredients. You can spice it up by being inspired by some of these healthy salad dressings

Hope you enjoyed some inspiration for hot summer night. Make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay informed and up to date. Thanks for tuning in and we will see you soon. 

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