Category Archives: SALADS

Beetroot and yoghurt salad

Beetroot and yoghurt salad

Spiked with garlic and a pretty shade of pink, this colourful and unusual salad makes a simple yet delicious appetizer scooped onto flatbread or chunks of a warm, crusty loaf. It can also be served as an accompaniment to roasted, grilled or fried meat, poultry and fish.

To cook wash – but don’t peel – the beetroot and either boil, steam or bake until tender. Once cool enough, the outer skin should be rubbed off. To avoid stained hands, wash them and anything else you’ve used as soon as possible. Beetroot leaves and stems can also be eaten: cook them as you would any other spring greens.

Coleslaw with lime dressing

Coleslaw with lime dressing

The term “coleslaw” arose in the 18th century as an Anglicisation of the Dutch term “koolsla”, a shortening of “koolsalade”, which means “cabbage salad”. There are many variations of the recipe which include the addition of other ingredients, such as red cabbage, pepper, onion, grated cheese, pineapple, or apple, mixed with a salad dressing such as mayonnaise. In the USA coleslaw often also contains buttermilk or mayonnaise substitutes, and carrot. Although many regional variations exist, and recipes incorporating prepared mustard or vinegar are also common.

A variation of coleslaw, cheese savoury, is popular in the northeast of England. It includes cheese, onion, and has salad cream instead of mayonnaise. Another variant, broccoli slaw, uses shredded raw broccoli in place of the cabbage.

Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

Fresh cucumbers are easy to add to salads and for an easy salad just toss diced cucumbers with sliced red onions, red tomatoes and your favorite all-natural, low-fat balsamic vinaigrette. This is a fast way to make a refreshing salad that reaps some great benefits of cucumber. Unwaxed cucumbers do not need to be peeled but need to be washed before cutting. Cucumbers are generally sliced, diced or cut into sticks. Cucumber is known for it’s power to cool off the body, it has additionally been seen to help with jaundice, diarrhea, epilepsy, sore throat, conjunctivitis (redness of the eye) and swelling of extremities.