Bean Salad

Bean Salad Pic: Priya Q
Bean Salad Pic: Priya Q

 

To make my experience with salad making interesting, I experiment. This is one such experiment which turned out well and I thought of sharing this with you 🙂

Beans – 100 gms (boiled with little salt) – I used broad beans

Red bell pepper – 1 no ( chopped into small chunks)

Processed Cheese cube / any hard cheese of your choice – cut into chunks

Mixed herbs – 1/2 to 1 tsp  (I used Russian spice which was a mix of oregano, thyme, parsley and fenugreek leaves)

  1. Toss everything together and your delicious salad is ready.
  2. Serve warm or cold!

Till next time….happy cooking!

 

Cabbage Salad

Cabbage Salad

 

Crunchy, fresh and yummy. However please be very careful with the cabbage. Do clean it well before use. A friend of mine suggests putting potassium permanganate in the water in which you put cabbage to thoroughly clean ….

 

Cabbage – 2 cups (nicely chopped)

Pomegranate – 1 cup

Spring Onion – 1 to 2 nos (finely chopped)

Coriander – 1-2 tbsp

Onions – 1/2 cup (thinly sliced)

Salt & pepper to season

Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

 

Blanch in hot & salty water to reduce the possibility of any worm. Wash it again and refrigerate while you prepare the other vegies

Combine all ingredients and mix well

Squeeze lemon juice on top, mix & serve as a accompaniment with kebabs, full meals etc

 

till next time …happy cooking!

 

 

 

Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad Pic: Priya Q

 

Its a quick meal in itself, and the ingredients are such that one can ready them as convenient and store for later assembly! I find this salad healthy and light…a must try for everyone!

Spinach – 1 cup (washed and chopped fine)

Small red Beans – 3/4 cup (boiled and cooked with little salt)

Baguette/ Bread slice – 2 nos

Onion – 3-4 tbsp (thinly sliced)

Oil – 1 tbsp

Salt and Pepper for seasoning

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

 

  1. Dip the bread slice in a little water and squeeze out the water immediately
  2. To a pan add oil and heat
  3. Add the bread pieces and gently saute for few minutes
  4. Add spinach and baked red beans and stir
  5. Add the seasoning. Spinach has salt content so check before you add more salt
  6. Remove from the burner
  7. Add sliced onions and lemon juice & close the pan for few minutes so that the onions get roughly steamed
  8. Serve

 

*If you want you can also add cooked rice to it. But since carbs are present in the form of bread I avoided it.

** You can also add scrambled eggs or cooked meat for variety

 

 

Till next time…. happy cooking!

 

 

Vegetable Salad with Feta

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Now who so ever thinks that men shirk cooking need to meet Anand, an entrepreneur and a geek. He likes to cook whenever time permits and I am happy he could take time to share this recipe with me…

  • 2 stalks celery, thickly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 English cucumber, quartered lengthwise and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup (250 mL) cubes Canadian Mozzarella cheese or crumbled Canadian Feta
  • cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) baby carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp/2 mL dried)
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each, salt and pepper (approx.)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  1. Combine celery, cucumber, cheese, carrots, oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl or container.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for up to 2 days.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and check seasoning, adding more salt and pepper to taste just before serving. Tomatoes should never be refrigerated so adding them to the salad just before serving preserves their flavor and texture.
  4. Add 1/4 cup (50 mL) black or green olives with the vegetables, if desired.

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Anand Subramanian who is a full time blogger and Internet marketer from Cochin, Kerala. Thanks Anand for the recipe!

Greek Salad

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While in Greece  Q and myself  got hosted by lovely Katherine called  Kay by her friends. After a long trip to stunning Zagora village (famous for Zagorin apples) in the mountain called Pelion; as we all settled down Kay quickly tossed a salad and served it with some Cipuro ( a stronger version of Ouzo).  How can I describe this Greek salad called Dakos but it to say – DELCIOUS!!And how much we all had!

However, there is a small hitch… One ingredient that gives character to this salad is the Dried bread (called rusk in Greece). I am yet to see this kind of bread in India. The rusk we get here is toasted, faintly sweet and goes well with tea and coffee. So, I might have to wait before I get to have next share of Dakos…no wait may be my newly acquired bread machine can do some magic…hmm goto start experimenting soon!

Meanwhile, herez the recipes for Greek salad called Dakos for those who have all ingredients readily available..

There is no hard a fast rule on the measurements of the ingredients…afterall its a salad! Just toss how much ever you want!

  1. Soak the dried bread (rusk) in water and squeeze out the water once the bread is semi soft
  2. Toss sliced onions, cubed tomatoes, sliced pepper, black olives, fetta cheese, capers, crushed garlic (optional), oregano and olive oil
  3. Mix all and serve

Isnt that insanely simple!? A must try out…

Till next time….happy cooking!

Meet Kay…a retired Librarian, enthusiatic and adventours, warm and gentle and our super host in Thessaloniki. Her taste in home decor can be interesting topic of discussion. Her passion shows in her beautifully done dream house!

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