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Sunday 26 May 2019

Crunchy Mozzarella Salad ... perfect for warm Spring (or Autumn) days

It's hard to believe we are in the last week of May 2019 - where do the days and weeks go? Is it me or do they go quicker the older you get? 

Time passing quickly or not, there's always time to sit down and enjoy some healthy food! For example take this recipe suggestion - it's a colourful vegetarian salad with cucumber strips, semi-dried tomatoes, peppers, cheese and seeds - yum!

Serves Two
100g lamb's lettuce (sometimes known as Corn Salad), or baby spinach leaves, or a mixture of both
½ cucumber, cut into ribbons using a vegetable peeler
100g semi-dried tomatoes in oil from a jar (reserve 1 tbsp. oil for drizzling)
1 yellow pepper, de-seeded and cut into thin strips
125g ball light buffalo mozzarella, cut into slices
2 tsp pumpkin seed
2 tsp balsamic vinegar

1. Put the salad leaves, cucumber, semi-dried tomatoes and pepper in a large bowl and toss together.
2. Divide the salad between two serving plates.
3. Divide the mozzarella equally between the plates.
4. Scatter with pumpkin seeds and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and oil from the tomatoes.

Tuck in and enjoy ...

Recipe from an original idea here

Lamb's lettuce is sometimes known as Corn Salad. Lamb's lettuce has long spoon-shaped dark leaves and a distinctive, tangy flavour. It is used raw in salads as well as steamed and served as a vegetable. The unusual name reputedly comes from the lettuce's resemblance to the size and shape of a lamb's tongue! 

Lamb's lettuce is at its best from May to November.

Choose the best:
Dark, narrow leaves that are springy and in-wilted.

Prepare it:
Be sure to wash and drain lamb's lettuce thoroughly before using as, like spinach, it can be quite grainy and gritty.

Store it:
It is quickly perishable and should be used within two days of purchase. Store in an airtight plastic bag in the fridge.

Cook it:
As a main ingredient in salads or cooked and served as a side vegetable.

Try Cos lettuce or baby spinach.

Did you know that pumpkin seeds are edible, flat, oval-shaped green seeds. When removed from the flesh of a pumpkin, they can be rinsed and roasted, either plain or with other flavours such as oils and spices, to create a delicious, crunchy snack. They may be small, but pumpkin seeds are little powerhouses of nutrients and health benefits. Like nuts, pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and unsaturated fats, including omega-3. They also contain a good range of nutrients including iron, selenium, calcium, B vitamins and beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Pumpkin seeds' biggest claim to fame is that they are an excellent natural source of magnesium and zinc. 

You will find a variety of articles and recipes within this blog. It is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Miss Val's Creations said...

I have not tried mozzarella in salad, other than caprese. This sounds delicious. Lamb's lettuce is not one we see here although it maybe marketed under another name.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Would have to leave out the cheese. But does sound lovely.
Coffee is on

NanaDiana said...

Even though I can't eat it myself-my family would love it. Have a wonderful Sunday!!!!

Christine said...

This looks refreshing and delicious!

Anonymous said...

That’s a lovely salad!

Mary Kirkland said...

You can make a salad out of just about anything and this looks good.

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds wonderful. Time goes quicker and quicker the older I get! Valerie

kathyinozarks said...

Sounds delicious-we have been eating large salads every day now-

Kay said...

I've never even heard of lamb's lettuce, but that looks absolutely scrumptious.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

All the stuff I love to eat, so there's not a reason in the world not to try this recipe. We use mozzarella cheese in many ways - in caprese, lasagna, salads, as sliced cheese in sandwiches...there is no end!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This sounds and looks wonderful. I sun dry my tomatoes and I roast my pumpkin seeds in autumn. This will be a wonderful meal, but please keep your oil and vinegar. I'll have bit of fresh lemon instead.

Jo said...

I agree, time seems to be whizzing by. The salad looks delicious.

Elephant's Child said...

I do love a salad - and will look out for that lettuce. I have been using baby bok choy. Which also works.

Sandi said...


I am still thinking of your blueberry ice cream post from the other day. I am going to go get the Halo Top version tonight. :)

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Yum! I would love this beautiful salad. We love mozzarella in our home. Thanks for another great recipe.

Tom said...

...looks great, salad with grilled chicken for me tonight!

Martha said...

What a wonderful recipe. So refreshing and delicious.

dellgirl said...

This looks delicious, and I'll bet it tastes even better. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Margaret D said...

Never heard of Lamb's Lettuce, looked it up - interesting and sure we have the same down here called something else.

Catarina said...

That salad looks so fresh, so appetizing!
: )

Iris Flavia said...

Too cold for a salad here. I wonder what´s wrong with the weather this year. But the salad looks yummy, I´ll keep it in mind!

Ygraine said...

Oh yes, time definitely does speed up the older we get!!😉
This salad looks SO appetising...I simply have to try it.
Many thanks for sharing.😊

Hope you're having a fabulous Bank Holiday!!

My name is Erika. said...

That sure looks really yummy to me! It is the season for some interesting salads since all the veggies are coming in (or will be soon). There's nothing better than fresh veggies! Happy new week. hugs-Erika

Snowbird said...

That is an attractive looking salad!xxx

It's me said...

So yammy....delicious Ria 🍀💚

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this salad looks delicious! I will try this recipe! Enjoy your day! said...

Looks nice and refreshing.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful salad, my favourite.