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Broad Beans in Basil Dressing

23 Jun
Delicious bean salad

Delicious bean salad

I love broad beans and they are a taste of summer especially with this salad dressing.   They are also known as fava beans. You can use fresh or frozen beans.  I made this from a bag of frozen beans I found lingering in the back of my freezer.  I also peeled them for a change too.  I normally eat them with their skins on , but peeling them did not take too long and I was left with a colourful plate.  The green colour is radiant and fits into my belief that food should look colourful and appetizing to eat.  Simple to make too which is an added bonus!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Spanish Cauliflower Salad

30 May

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A refreshing way to eat cauliflower as a salad or as a tapas dish.  The dish has a tangy sharp taste but is still light.   This is now probably 1001 ways to prepare cauliflower as it’s still my favourite versatile vegetable.  I still shudder at childhood memories of being served cauliflower, boiled to an inch of it’s life and with no flavour.  If I had been served this as a kid I would have embraced vegetables much earlier in life!  It’s best to make this the day before so that the flavours can marinate.   It’s a great salad or pot luck dish too.  I serve mine with the hard boiled eggs, quarted, but it is just as nice with the eggs chopped up.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Pumpkin, Pecan and Feta Salad

16 May

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I love the sweet taste of roasted pumpkin and to add some salty feta cheese to it, along with the sweet pecans makes an amazing salad dish.  The Chief Taster loved this and even helped himself to seconds, then ate the rest the next day, so it’s a big thumbs up from him!   It was definitely the sweetness of the pumpkin and pecans that made him reach for the big spoon (he has a sweet tooth that I have to battle with!).    I found this dish to be sweet and creamy with a delightful crunch of the pecans.   I added dried chillies to give the dish a bit of a kick but this is optional and was really for my own personal taste.  I found this delightful served on a bed of lettuce and is a great salad dish.   I am now wondering about making this a bbq dish, cook the pumpkin on the bbq, add the other ingredients and voila!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coleslaw with Lime and Coriander (Cilantro)

25 Mar

I love coleslaw and most weeks make a batch of it to go with my lunchtime frittata.   This makes a nice change by spicing it up with lime and coriander (cilantro).  You could also add some hot sauce to this too.   Or perhaps chop up a few mild chilli peppers too.  Coleslaw is a great way to get some raw veggies in you too!As for the mayonnaise, it goes without saying that I use homemade and none of that white rubbish in a jar!  It is very easy to make and far tastier!   A batch of home made mayonnaise lasts about a week in the fridge, in a sealed jar/tupperwear pot.

 

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cuban Salad

8 Feb
A colourful salad

A colourful salad

A salad that is full of colour and looks good enough to eat!  Part of the fun is the assembling of the salad but you could change how I have it if you are feeling creative enough.    This Cuban salad  recipe is an easy salad to make and very refreshing.     The dressing is fresh and tasty too.   I had difficulty restraining myself from munching the whole plate in one sitting! Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Minted Zucchini (Courgette) and Tomato Salad

5 Jan
Light and refreshing

Light and refreshing

This is a very light and refreshing summer salad.  If you like mint, you will like the taste of this. If not, move along, nothing for you to taste here!  I used my spiralizer to make curls of the zucchini, but you could grate this instead.   If you were serving more than one person, serve them in small individual bowls for an added cuteness factor.    My tip is to make sure you salt the zucchini well to get rid of the moisture as you do not want to be left with a bowl of water. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Strawberry, Spinach, Avocado and Goats Cheese Salad

8 Sep
Strawberries in a salad!

Strawberries in a salad!

I’ve used raspberries in a salad so thought I’d try strawberries.  Throw in a creamy advocado, a few spinach leaves and voila!  I added goats cheese as I like the tang of this against the sweetness of the strawberries.  If you wanted to keep this dish Vegan, just omit the cheese.   Or feel free to use another cheese…something blue would be nice.   Well, I just loved this.   It was sweet, creamy but not too sickly with a slight tang of the onion and the dressing.  In fact, I had two bowls and am circularing the fridge with a gleam in my eye, pondering whether to eat the rest or save it for lunch tomorrow.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Roasted Cauliflower in Walnut Pesto

20 Jun
Nutty and tasty!

Nutty and tasty!

How many times can I enthuse about the versatility of the humble cauliflower..many more times it seems! This is a dish that could be used at room temperature as a salad or warm as a side dish.  I adore roasted cauliflower and the nuttiness of the walnut goes so well with it.  Tasty, and nutty!  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Moroccan Eggplant Salad

5 Jun
Spicy and smooth salad!

Spicy and smooth salad!

A yummy, spicy salad that can be served with a dollop of Greek yoghurt on top…You can leave the eggplant skins on if you wish, but I chose to just use the flesh for this dish.   I just love the warm spicy taste of the spice flavours for this dish.  Various variations of the spices used here are becoming a favourite in our household.   The chief taster said that he would prefer this warm, but this dish is normally served at room temperature.  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Green Beans, Almonds and Tomatoes with Chilli and Sumac

15 May

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Every so often I get a real craving for spicy food with a chilli kick and this salad dish hits the spot.   I love the combination of textures, colours and flavours.   The almonds balance out the spicy flavour of the chilli flakes and sumac.   It’s a great salad and colourful too!    You could reduce the chilli flakes if you don’t want it too spicy.  I used almonds with their skin on but you could use blanched ones.  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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