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Wednesday 14 June 2023

Summer Salad Suggestions

Are you enjoying salads in your menu plans?
Eddie and I are!
Especially as here in the UK we have been enjoying sunshine and warm temperatures.

Egg and parsley salad with watercress dressing
This recipe can be used for a picnic or an 'at home' gathering.
A picnic's not a picnic without a boiled egg or two.
Serve them in a salad with parsley, shallots, a watercress dressing
and a sprinkling of chilli salt ... 😋

Serves 8- 10
6 eggs, the best quality you can buy
small bunch parsley, leaves picked
1 shallot, peeled and sliced into thin rings
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
For the watercress dressing
70g watercress
75ml olive oil
1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and boil the eggs for 9 mins, then drain, cool, peel and halve. Whizz the watercress and oil together with a pinch of salt and set aside. Mix the chilli flakes with some flaky salt and set aside. Everything can be prepared the day before and chilled, though there’s no need to chill the salt.
2. Take everything to the picnic* in separate containers, then when you get there, scatter the eggs with the parsley and shallots, drizzle everything with the watercress oil and season with the chilli salt.
* This salad can also be enjoyed as an at home gathering.
From original idea here

Triple Berry Summer Salad
I first came across this recipe in 2015 ...
Years on it is still a favourite
The ingredients just get your taste buds working

Serves four
9oz baby spinach, torn
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 cup chopped basil
1 avocado, chopped
4oz goat cheese
1. Divide baby spinach between plates then top with berries, almonds*, basil and chopped avocado. Crumble goat cheese on top then dress with salad dressing. You could use a strawberry balsamic vinegar, but any olive-oil based vinaigrette would be fantastic.
2. So easy and fabulously fresh, no-cook, and light ...yet filling from the goat cheese and avocado. You could if you wish serve it with some grilled chicken breast marinated in some of that balsamic vinegar. Dear readers it's entirely up to you.

*The easiest way to toast almonds is to spread them on a plate and microwave in thirty second increments until they’re golden brown. You could also do this in the oven, but sometimes you just don't need the oven on!

I hope you enjoy this taste of summer soon, see original recipe idea here
If you should need help with measurement/weight conversion see here

Related Post
Italian Salads : Gino D'Acampo : See here

~ some roses to brighten your day ~
(image from google)

We bring a variety of recipe ideas to this blog, and 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. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


Lori Miller said...

Those look delicious!

Tom said...

...both look fabulous.

Elephant's Child said...

Both salads look great. Sadly watercress is rarely available here.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The eggs in the first one don't look done to me. I want my hard cooked egg yolks to be cooked all the way through. But that second salad is one I would fix any day. Just as soon as my basil gets tall enough to cut, which is about three weeks, I believe.

My name is Erika. said...

These salads look yummy. We had salad last night,but tonight it's chilly so salad just didn't seem right.

Christine said...

Very cooling dishes

Haddock said...

You are riiight; A picnic's not a picnic without a boiled egg or two.
The end product looks inviting.

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por las recetas. Te mando un beso.

Stefania said...

Io adoro le insalate soprattutto in questa stagione.
Sono pratiche e veloci da fare e soprattutto leggere.
Grazie mille per la ricetta

Margaret D said...

That does look delicious Jan.

roentare said...

The salads look so refreshing!

chica said...

Jan, saladas agradam sempre. Gostei dessas sugestões! beijos, chica

eileeninmd said...

Both salads look delicious!
Take care, enjoy your day!

kathyinozarks said...

Your salads look delicious and perfect for summertime too

Donna said...

Fun salad ideas and thank you for the flowers!!

CJ Kennedy said...

The berry salad looks delicious

Conniecrafter said...

The first one sounds good, nice to have on those HOT days for sure!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Love watercress. Around here, I need to find a good source as grocery stores don't carry it much.

Bill said...

Both salads look delicious.

happyone said...

I'd love the fruit salad looks delicious.
Not a fan of eggs in salads so I'll pass on that one. :)

Cherie said...

Love the thought of that fruit salad. My Berries aren't ready yet but they'll be gorgeous when they are

Jules said...

I love to eat lighter foods at this time of year. The berry salad sounds delicious, so I think I will give it a try this week. Thank you for the recipe. Xx

Alicia said...

Yum! Both those salads look amazing. That's the great thing about salads, you can just throw anything in it and it's delicious! I don't know that I've ever had a shallot, I'll have to try it in a salad.

William Kendall said...

These sound good.

Snowbird said...

How colourful! Salads are certainly the way to go at the