Showing posts with label Salads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Salads. Show all posts

October 22, 2018


Prawns - 225 gms (peeled and cooked)
Large ripe mango- 1
Lime - 1
Sweet red pepper - 1/2
Yellow pepper - 1/2
Green or red chilli- 1 tsp (finely chopped)
Coriander or Parsley leaves - 2 tbsp (chopped)
Virgin olive oil - 2 tbsp
Little gem lettuce - 1


  • Peel the mango, remove the stone and chop finely. Juice the lime and core and dice the peppers.
  • Put the mango, lime juice, peppers,chopped chilli and coriander,or parsley in a bowl. Then add the prawns and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Drain the liquid and mix it with the olive oil to make a dressing.
  • Wash, dry and shred the lettuce and spoon on the prawns, mango and peppers.

September 29, 2018


Peanuts -100 gms
Potatoes - 100 gms (boiled, peeled and diced)
Onion - 1 (small & chopped)
Tomato -2 (chopped)
Chaat masala - 1/2 tsp
Pinch of pepper
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 tsp


  • Heat oil and fry the potatoes and peanuts. Remove and transfer to serving bowl.
  • Mix with remaining ingredients and serve immediately.

September 12, 2018


Small cucumber - 1
Green capsicum - 1
Onion - 1
Black olives - 1/2 cup
Cherry tomatoes - 1/2 cup
Lettuce - 1 small head
Feta cheese - 100 gms 

For the dressing:
Extra virgin oil - 3 tbsp
Lime juice - 2 tbsp
Dried oregano - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper - freshly ground


  • Put the olive oil and other dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.
  • Tear the lettuce into bite size pieces, cut the capsicum into fine juliennes, slice the onion and cucumber into rounds, and mix everything together in a bowl, along with olives and tomatoes.
  • Shake well the dressing again and mix it in the salad bowl. Toss well.
  • Roughly crumble the feta cheese, and sprinkle it over the salad.

September 06, 2018


Elbow macaroni - 100 gms
Lemon juice - 11/2 tbsp
Vinegar - 2 tbsp
Olive oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Chives - 2 tbsp (chopped) or
Onion -1 tsp (grated)
Celery stalks - 3-4 stalks (diced)
parsley - 3 tbsp (chopped)
Canned pimento - 2 tbsp (chopped)
Olives - 12 stuffed (chopped)
Sour cream - 3 tbsp
Tomatoes - 1-2 for garnish
Salt and pepper


  • Cook the macaroni in plenty of salted boiling water until just tender - 'al dente'.
  • Mix the lemon juice, oil and vinegar well together.
  • When the macaroni is cooked, drain it well and while still hot, toss in the dressing, then set aside to cool.
  • Mix all the other ingredients, season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • When ready to serve, mix with the macaroni and arrange on a bed of lettuce.
  • Garnish with slices or wedges of tomato.

June 20, 2018


Conchiglie - 450 gms
Mayonnaise - 350 ml 
Fresh tarragon -  60 ml or dried - 3 tbsp
Fresh parsley - 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Cayenne pepper 
Fresh lemon juice
Cooked shell fish flesh: Shrimp, lobster, 
crab or a combination - 1 kg (cut into bite size pieces)
Mild red radishes - 2 (sliced)
Green pepper - 1/2 (julienned)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again.
  • Place in a large bowl and stir in 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • If using dried tarragon, simmer it in 1/4 cup ,ilk for 3-4 minutes; drain.
  • Combine tarragon, parsley, cayenne,lemon juice and remaining mayonnaise and mix well.
  • Add shellfish to pasta with most of the radishes and green pepper and the salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the tarragon mayonnaise and toss gently to coat.
  • Cover and chill before serving, adding more mayonnaise if the mixture is a little dry.
  • Decorate with remaining radish and green pepper slices.

May 23, 2018


ripe tomatoes - 4 (cut in 1/2 and sliced)
Shallots - 2 (finely chopped)
parsley - 1 tsp
Chives - 1 tsp
Hard boiled eggs - 2 (sliced)
Dijon mustard - 1 tbsp
Wine vinegar - 50 ml
Olive oil- 250 ml
Salt and pepper


  • Place tomatoes.shallots,parsley, chives and eggs in bowl; season well.
  • Place mustard, vinegar and oil in another bowl.
  • Mix together with whisk and season well.
  • Pour vinaigrette over tomatoes to taste; toss and serve.

April 23, 2018


Calamari - 2 medium sized (cleaned)
Celery - 2 sticks
Rice vinegar - 3 tbsp
Light soy sauce - 2 tbsp
Mirin - 1 tbsp
Dashi - 1 tbsp
Sesame oil- 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Fresh ginger root - 5 cm


  • Wash the calamari and pat dry.
  • Make a slit down one side of the sac and open tout flat.
  • Score a criss cross pattern on one side of the calamari, then cut into bite sized pieces.
  • Bring a pan of salted water to the boil.
  • Add the calamari and cook for one minute. Drain and plunge into a bowl of iced water. Drain and pat dry.
  • Scrub the celery and cut on the diagonal into slices 1 cm wide.
  • Place the vinegar, soy sauce, mirin, dashi, oil and sugar in a pan.
  • Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Bring to the boil over a medium heat.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Peel and shred the ginger.
  • Arrange the calamari and celery attractively in a large serving bowl.
  • Pour dressing over and toss well.
  • Pile up into the centre of the bowl so that it does not touch the sides.
  • Garnish with the ginger nad serrve.

April 10, 2018


Galia melon - 1
Honeydew melon - 1
Watermelon - 1/2
Fresh strawberries - 225 gms
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Clear honey - 1 tbsp
Water - 1 tbsp
Fresh mint - 1 tbsp (chopped)
Mint sprig - 1 (to garnish)


  • Prepare the melons by cutting them in half and discarding the seeds.
  • Use a melon baller to scoop out the flesh into balls, or cut it into cubes with a knife. Place the melon balls in a fruit bowl.
  • Rinse and take the stems off the strawberries, cut these in half and add them to the fruit bowl.
  • Mix together the lemon juice, clear honey and water. Stir carefully to blend and then pour over the fruit.
  • Stir the fruit so that it is thoroughly coated in the lemon and honey mixture.
  • Sprinkle the chopped mint over the top of the fruit.
  • Serve garnished with the mint sprig.

April 03, 2018


A cooling salad that will satisfy equally well for lunch or a light supper.

Shrimps - 200 gms (frozen, cooked, shelled and deveined)

Dill Mayonnaise:
Mayonnaise  - 1/4 cup
Fresh dill - 1/4 cup (chopped)
Fresh lemon juice - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Pepper  - 1/8 tsp
Liquid red pepper seasoning - 4 drops
Avocados - 2 (halved and pitted)
Romaine lettuce leaves - 8

For Garnishing:
Lemon wedges - 4
Fresh dill - 4 sprigs 


  • Drain the thawed shrimp thoroughly between several layers of paper towelling in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the Dill Mayonnaise: Combine the mayonnaise, dill, lemon juice, salt, pepper and liquid red pepper seasoning in a medium size bowl.
  • Add the shrimp and toss gently until all the ingredients are evenly coated.
  • Spoon the shrimp mixture into avocado halves on a platter lined with the romaine leaves.
  • Garnish with fresh dill sprigs and the lemon wedges.

March 19, 2018


Radish - 250 gms
Carrots - 2 (medium size)
Rice vinegar - 120 ml
Salt to taste

For Garnishing:
Black sesame seeds - 1 tsp
Lemon rind orfine strips of lime - 2 tsp


  • Finely grate the radish and carrots and keep these separately.
  • Cover with very cold water and leave to soak for about 20 minutes.
  • Drain well, add salt , stir and separate into portions in individual bowls.
  • Garnish with black sesame seeds, lemon rind or fine strips of lime.
  • Pour the rice vinegar over the salad or serve separately to be used as per taste.

March 16, 2018


Coconut - fresh with shell and water

For the salad:
Pineapple - 1 cup (diced)
Poached pears - 1 cup (diced)
Cherries - 1/2 cup
Black grapes - 1/2 cup

For the dressing:
Milkmaid tin - 1
Coconut water - 1/2 cup
Mint leaves - 1 tbsp (chopped)


  • Prepare the fruits in advance and stew them in sugar syrup. One part of sugar to one part of water and keep aside.
To prepare the dressing:
  • Mix together the condensed milk with the coconut milk and mint. Mix well and toss in the fruits.
  • Pour the salad back into the coconut shell and serve chilled.
Chef's variation:
  • try and Indian variation with fruits and sliced gulab jamuns and prepare the dressing with coconut malai and rabdi.

March 13, 2018


Smoked salmon - 90 gms (cut into thin strips)
Asparagus spears - 8 
(blanched in boiling water until tender crisp)
Cos lettuce, butter lettuce orr baby spinach
Pine nuts - 1/2 cup (toasted)

Whole egg mayonnaise or creme Fraiche - 4 tbsp
Chives - 2 tbsp (chopped)
Dijon mustard - 1 tsp or to taste


  • Place salad ingredients in a bowl.
  • Mix together dressing ingredients and pour over salad.
  • Toss well and serve immediately.
  • Add slices of avocado to the salad.
  • try a salad with a pieces of crisp fried bacon instead of the salmon.
  • Replace the asparagus with raw strips of cucumber. 

February 26, 2018


Chicken breast - 250 gms
Langoustines - 200 gms
large Grape fruit - 1 segmented
Dried Shrimp - 1 tbsp (fried) (optional)
Lime juice- 2 tbsp
Fish sauce - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Fresh or dried coconut - 1 tbsp
Coconut milk- 1/2 cup


  • Barbeque or grill the chicken, cool and cube into small pieces.
  • Cook the langoustines in a full of salted water for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove, cool and slice.
  • Cut open the grapefruit, shred the pulp and set aside. 
  • Next, mix the lime juice, fish sauce and sugar thorughly in a bowl.
  • Add the langoustines, chicken, coconut and coconut milk. Mix gain.
  • Finally, add the grapefruit segment and mix all the ingredients well.
  • Pour into a dish and add the fried prawns.
  • For a touch of colour, decorate with chopped mint or parsley leaves and red chillies.
  • The dish may also be served in a hollowed out grapefruit.

February 06, 2018


Cooked potatoes - 200 gms
Cooked carrots - 200 gms
Cooked peas - 200 gms
Cooked french beans - 200 gms
Cooked turnips  - 100 gms
Oil - 2 tbsp
Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Lettuce (optional)


  • Cut all the vegetables in same size.
  • Put all the vegetables in large bowl and pour over the oil and vinegar, then season well.
  • Leave for several hours, turning gently round in the dressing from time to time, so that the vegetables are not broken.
  • When ready to serve pile on to a dish - on lettuce bed if desired - and form into pyramid.
  • Pour over enough mayonnaise to coat.

January 17, 2018


Young spinach leaves - 200 gms
Light olive oil - 3 tbsp
Caraway seeds - 1 tsp
Orange juice - 1
Caster sugar - 1 tsp
Cooked beetroot - 675 gms (diced)
Salt and ground black pepper
Fresh parsley - to garnish


  • Arrange the spinach leaves in a shallow salad bowl.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the caraway seeds, orange juice and sugar. Shake over the heat to warm through.
  • Add the beetroot and shake the pan to coat it with the dressing.
  • Spoon the warm beetroot and dressing mixture over the spinach leaves and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.
  • Serve at once either as an accompaniment or as a main course.

January 01, 2018


For the potatoes:
Potatoes - 500 gms (cut into wedges with peel)
Oil for grilling

For the marinate:
Garlic pods - 3
Vinegar - 80 ml
Red wine vinegar - 30 ml (optional)
Onion paste - 1 tbsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Honey - 2 tbsp
Thyme powder - 1/2 tsp
Rosemary powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For pasta:
Boiled pasta- 300 gms
Beans, carrots and broccoli - 1 cup (blanched)


  • Preheat the oven. Trim the edges of garlic and wrap each individually in foil. Roast the garlic in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
  • Squeeze the garlic out of the skins into the food processor and add all other ingredients and blend well.
  • Rub salt on the potato wedges and then marinate with the marinade and leave aside for 30 minutes.
  • Grill in an oven till the potatoes are brown and tender.
  • Sprinkle olive oil from time to time while grilling.
  • Arrange pasta with blanched vegetables on plate.
  • Serve grilled potato on a bead of pasta and vegetables which have been tossed in olive oil spiced with a few pinches of freshly ground pepper.

December 31, 2017


Long grain brown rice- 2 cups
Water - 4 1/2 cups
Lime dressing
Chinese pea pods - 150 gms (ends and strings removed)
(snow or sugar peas)
Red or green bell pepper - 1 (seeded and chopped)
Green onions - 5 (thinly sliced)
Water chesnuts - 1 can (200 gms)
(drained and chopped)
Cilantro - 1/4 cup (chopped)
Raisins - 1/4 cup (optional)


  • In a 3-4 quart pan, combine rice and water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat; then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is tender to bite (about 45 minutes).
  • Let stand, uncovered, until cool (about 30 minutes).
  • Meanwhile prepare lemon dressing.
  • Thinly slice pea pods. Place in a large bowl; add bell pepper, onions, water chestnuts, cilantro, raisins (if used), rice, and lime dressing. Mix well.
  • Spoon salad into a serving bowl.
Lime Dressing:
  • In a small bowl, stir together 2/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar, 2 tbsp each lime juice and reduced sodium soy sauce, one tbsp minced fresh ginger, t tsps minced garlic and 1 tsp oriental sesame oil.

December 30, 2017


Beetroot - 250 gms (boiled, peeled and grated)
Roasted peanuts - 125 gms (coarsely pounded)
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves -1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Green chillies - 2 (slit lengthwise)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp


  • In a bowl, mix beetroots, peanuts, lemon juice, coriander leaves, salt and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in pan; add cumin seeds and green chillies; fry for few seconds.
  • Pour this mixture over beetroot mixture. Mix well.
  • Serve chilled.

November 14, 2017


Gouda cheese - 250 gms
Cooked ham - 125 gms
Mushrooms - 1 cup
Canned peas - 1 cup (drained)
Pimentos - 1 cup (chopped)
Oil - 100 ml
Vinegar - 40 ml
Brandy - 2 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut the cheese and ham into 1/2" strips.
  • Slice the mushrooms, saute, and add them, the peas, and the pimentos to the ham and cheese strips.
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly with the oil, vinegar, brandy, salt and pepper, and let stand in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

November 12, 2017


Green peppers - 200 gms
Red peppers - 200 gms
Onion - 1
Lemons -2
Lemon juice - 1/2 cup small
Orange juice - 1/2 small cup
Garlic - 10 gms
Cumin  -1 tsp
Black olives


  • To prepare the salted lemon (which takes fifteen days), cut the two ends off the lemon, make an incision in both sides of the lemon in the form of a cross, rub in plenty of salt and leave to penetrate.
  • Keep for two weeks at room temperature, if possible in a sealed container.
  • Wash the peppers and roast with the onion in a preheated 220 C oven for one hour. Remove.
  • Peel the vegetables, cut the pepper into strips and chop the onion.
  • Place the orange and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat and reduce.
  • Add the peppers, onion, a little garlic that has been previously sliced and sauteed, and the cumin.
  • cook quickly and remove from the heat.
  • The pepper salad is serve cold or warm with strips of salted lemon and black olives.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
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