Quick-salad-recipes

Easy Caprese Salad Recipe

A healthy caprese salad is a staple for any summer get-together. The dish itself requires just 5 ingredients and is easy enough for beginners (with no troubles in the kitchen!).

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Ingredients

3 cups cherry tomatoes

1 cup bocconcini

Fresh basil leaves

Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes and bocconcini in half and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the basil, balsamic vinegar, then season with salt and pepper.

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6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Who knew that beets could be so good? This prehistoric food is naturally sweet and contains valuable nutrients to help control high cholesterol, boost energy levels and are essential in a natural detox. Try some of these delicious beetroot salad ideas which make for a light lunch or dinner meal.

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Roasted beet salad with feta cheese

Try this colourful salad the next time you want something light and tasty for dinner. Sprinkle some feta cheese over the top, then garnish with lemon juice and cracked black pepper.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Beetroot and spinach salad

Pick some baby spinach leaves straight from the garden to add into this summer salad. Roasted walnuts make for the perfect side to the dish.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Carrot, beetroot and quinoa salad

If you’re a fan of quinoa, make sure to try this salad with beets and spinach. This dish is also vegan and gluten-free, so it’s perfect for everyone!

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Beet and apple salad

For something a little sweet to beat 3:30-itis, this apple and beetroot salad makes for the perfect snack. Serve with yummy pistachios sprinkled over the top for added texture.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Chickpea and beetroot salad

To make your salad a little more filling, add a handful of boiled chickpeas before serving with cashews and crumbled goats cheese.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

Israeli couscous with beets and walnuts

Create this rainbow salad which takes just minutes to complete from scratch! Serve with fresh dill, lemon juice, parsley and oregano for that authentic taste.

6 Light Beetroot Salad Ideas

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5 Summer Salad Recipes

Indulge in a healthy summer salad which is packed with vitamins, nutrients and will also keep you away from snacking.

Experiment with some seasonal fruits, vegetables, and even nuts and grains for a delicious meal which is quick and easy to prepare for lunch or dinner. Try some of the following salads if you need some inspiration tonight.

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White bean and avocado salad

Ingredients: tahini, avocado, miso paste, rice vinegar, soy sauce, lime, vegetable broth, broccoli, white beans, olive oil, kale, pumpkin seeds

The only thing you need to do is boil the white beans until tender, then whisk them with the miso sauce. Prepare the vegetables, then serve.

5 Summer Salad Recipes

Rainbow Salad

Ingredients: pepitas, flax seeds, poppy seeds, red cabbage, carrots, green pears, mint, walnuts, lemon juice, olive oil, beets

Prep your food processor, then combine the seeds until they are slightly crumbly in texture. Slice the beets, cabbage and carrots, then arrange on a plate to serve with the dressing of your choice.

5 Summer Salad Recipes

Roasted sprouts and kale

Ingredients: brussel sprouts, olive oil, sea salt, kale, ground pepper

This is the perfect salad if you’re low on supplies, but still want to create something really tasty. Toss the sprouts with olive oil and salt, then bake in the oven until golden brown. Remove from the heat, and prepare with the rest of the salad.

5 Summer Salad Recipes

Red onion salad

Ingredients: red onion, apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, sea salt

While the name might sound a little off-putting, this salad is actually full of taste and flavour (not to mention that it’s really good for you!). Serve with fresh tahini and mint for extra fresh flavour.

5 Summer Salad Recipes

Watermelon tomato salad

Ingredients: watermelon, tomato, cucumber, avocado, mint, olive oil, greens, salt and pepper

We’re finishing off this list with a classic summer salad, featuring fresh and juicy watermelon. Serve with feta cheese cubes, and season with olive oil for some extra texture and flavour. Yum!

5 Summer Salad Recipes

What are some of your favourite summer salads?

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Prosciutto, Fig and Goats Cheese Salad

A colourful, delicious salad is hard to come by, but this one featuring prosciutto, fig and cheese is definitely a stand-out.

Made from fresh, quality ingredients, it can be enjoyed as a lunch snack, dinner, or even as an appetiser with a chilled glass of rosé wine, or are we just getting ahead of ourselves?

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Ingredients

3 slices fresh prosciutto

3 fresh figs (sliced in half)

2 cups rocket and baby spinach

20g goats cheese (crumbled)

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Fresh black pepper

Method

  1. Heat the slices of prosciutto in a pan (or similarly in the grill) for a few minutes until golden brown. Make sure to cook on both sides.
  2. Wash the rocket and baby spinach, then combine on a plate with the prosciutto. Slice the figs in half and place them throughout the salad.
  3. Crumble the goats cheese over the top, then season with balsamic vinegar and cracked black pepper.

Image via Canuck Cuisine

Refreshing Kale Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Since we’re already in the midst of spring, this gives us all an excuse to embrace light and tasty meals in the lead-up to warmer weather. Not only are salads quick and easy to whip-up, but they can be customised to your own individual liking and dietary requirements.

Try this baby kale and honey vinaigrette salad which is perfect for lunch, or even serve as an appetiser or healthy snack between meals.

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Ingredients

1 cup baby kale leaves

2 Asian pears, sliced

1 cup black grapes, halved

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup walnut halves

1/3 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Dressing:

2/3 cup canola oil

1/2 cup honey

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp white pepper

1.5 tsp salt

1 tablespoon onion

Method

  1. Start off by candying the walnuts, and place 1/3 cup of sugar to saute in a small pan over medium-high heat. When the sugar starts to melt around the edges, add the walnuts and mix well.
  2. Stir the nuts around every few seconds to avoid sticking on the base of the pan. Allow the sugar to caramelise, but don’t let it burn. Pour the nuts on a non-stick mat and allow to cool.
  3. For the dressing, place the rest of the ingredients into a blender and purée.
  4. In regards to the rest of the salad, toss together the kale, pear slices, graces, Gorgonzola and candied walnuts, then pour the dressing over and toss again.

Image and Recipe via The Kitchen Mccabe

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