Don´t just make your salad from a few lettuce leaves, get creative and spice things up!
By: totanaliz on: Thu 05 of Jul, 2007 [17:49 UTC] (1800 reads)
Summer is here, and the weekly markets are awash with fresh and tasty seasonal vegetables. As the weather gets hotter, salads become a more attractive option – an easy and cheap to prepare and no cooking needed! Instead of making the typical boring salads, spice things up with these creative salad recipes.
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Salads can get a little boring, so liven things up at lunchtimes with these different and very tasty options. These are so delicious that even my “no salad” husband enjoys them.
Spicy Cucumber salad
- One cucumber
- ½ of a large onion, or 3 or 4 spring onions, if you can find them
- ½ red chili or a generous sprinkle of chili flakes
- juice of a lime
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ teaspoon of sugar or a few drops of liquid sweetener if you prefer
- Slice the cucumber and cut into small chunks. Peel and de-seed first if you prefer.
- Finely dice the onion, or cut spring onion into small slivers.
- De-seed and thinly slice the chilli
- Combine all these ingredients in a bowl and add the lime, soy sauce and sugar or sweetener. Mix well.
- Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
Obviously, this is a vegetarian recipe, but if you are not vegetarian, you can add 1 tbsp of Thai Fish Sauce for a different flavour. If you can´t find fresh chilis, buy the dried chili flakes, which are readily available in shops in a sachet, or look for the “mill” type grinders which do keep the chili fresh for longer.
I confess I like a whole fresh chili on my salad, but don´t try it unless you have the fire brigade on stand by! It's HOT!
Mango & Strawberry salad
This salad has an unusual mix of tastes. Make sure the mango and the strawberries are very ripe.
- 3.5 ounces (100g) strawberries
- ½ cucumber, peeled and de-seeded
- ½ ripe mango peeled and cut into small chunks
- 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
- juice of ½ lime
- 1 head of chicory or cos lettuce
- Place the chicory leaves or cos lettuce on a plate.
- Combine all other ingredients in a bowl. Add a sprinkle of black pepper if you like.
- Spoon over the salad leaves and serve. It's as easy as that!