As most of you know by now, I love salads!! Favourites are always hard to choose but time and time again I find myself coming back to these two recipes so obviously I had to share them.
The bitter tang of feta with the smooth crunch of toasted hazelnuts make a simple broccoli and tomato salad sing for me. My second salad recipe offers you a taste of the Middle East with the addition of a simple tahini sauce to enliven a simple red cabbage slaw.
Both recipes will keep well in the fridge for at least 3-4 days once stored in a resealable container. I would regularly make these at the start of the week and refill my lunchbox daily from these along some simple salad greens and a protein source. Check out my food prep guide for more simple mealtime ideas.
Broccoli, Tomato, Feta & Hazelnut
Serves 4 as a side.
- 1/2 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
- 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 50g Feta cheese, cubed
- 2 tbsp hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp honey/maple syrup
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil, remove from the heat and add the broccoli florets. Cover with the lid and allow to blanch for 8-10 minutes (you want the broccoli to still have a bite but not rock hard).
- Strain the broccoli and rinse under cold running water until fully cooled. Continue to strain any excess water until ready to use.
- Toast the hazelnuts on a frying pan or in a medium heat oven until the skin begins to loosen, remove from the pan/oven and allow to cool.
- Once the hazelnuts are cooled, chop in half.
- Whisk together the olive oil, honey, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in a large bowl.
- Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
Middle Eastern Style Red Cabbage Slaw
Serves 5 as a side.
- 200g red cabbage
- 2 spring onions
- 2 medium carrots, peeled
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tsp tahini paste
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 tsp
- 3 tbsp water
- Finely slice the red cabbage and spring onion. Julienne (or finely slice) the carrots.
- Place all the vegetables and seeds in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir through 2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp of olive oil.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and water until you get a runny sauce (depending on the consistency of your tahini, your sauce may still be too thick or too thin – if so, just add more tahini to make it thicker and more water to make it thinner).
- Serve the salad in a large bowl with a drizzle of the sauce over the top.
If you haven’t figured it out already, I love salads!! It’s not just because they are healthy but I love the texture of salads, the crunch of cabbage, the burst of flavour that fresh herbs add and the juicy sweetness of sun-ripened tomatoes. This recipe is a very colourful slaw that combines lots of vegetables, seeds and a simple vinagerette that will add a serious burst of colour to your plate.
- 200g red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated
- 1/2 medium courgette, coarsely grated
- 2 tbsp pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley or coriander, roughly chopped
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp water
- Place all the vegetables in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the seeds and combine well.
- Whisk all the dressing ingredients together until well combined.
- Combine the dressing, lemon juice and freshly chopped herbs to the vegetables and stir together until well coated using a fork.
If you lived with me for a day, you would realise fairly quickly food waste is one of my pet peeves. I literally find a use for every scrap of food in my fridge and constantly remind my housemates not to throw out food without asking me first; as more than likely it can be used. It actually kills me to see perfectly good food in the bin…a little part of me cries inside honestly…I know it sounds a bit mad!! At home in Tipperary, we have hens so I don’t feel so bad about food scraps as the hens get to feast on them and then supply us with eggs. Leftovers is another thing people always struggle with in the kitchen and this is where this recipe for a quick breakfast delight came about. I haven’t tried it yet but would imagine any leftover grain should do the trick here, I’m thinking brown rice could be a real winner too so get experimenting!
- 100g leftover cooked quinoa
- 2 tsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp milled linseed
- 1/2 banana
- 5 tbsp milk
- I would not recommend using a bowl here unless you have a lid for it, as I made the rooky mistake and had a bit of cleaning to do. So for the second batch I used a plastic resealable container and it worked perfectly.
- Chop the banana and place all the ingredients in the bowl/container. Mix well together and place in the microwave on high for 3-4 minutes until the milk is well absorbed.
- Serve with some berries and seeds.
I have a serious obsession with beetroot, simply can’t get enough of it. About three years ago, I wouldn’t of touched one with a barge pole but at the moment it seems to end up on most of my plates or lunchboxes. Beetroot and a strong flavour like goat’s cheese or Feta are a great tasting combination. If you are bringing this for lunch to work, I’d recommend you bring the dressing separate in a little jar and mix through just before eating.
Serves 2 as a starter or side-salad.
- 2 handfuls kale
- 1 handful rocket leaves
- 1/5 of cucumber
- 1 medium freshly cooked or vacuum packed cooked beetroot
- 1/2 pear
- 1 tbsp pumpkin & sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp crumbled Feta cheese
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Roughly tear the kale into bite size pieces.
- Cut the cucumber in half length-ways, spoon out the soft center and thinly slice into half moons.
- Finely grate or Julienne the pear.
- Place the pear and vegetables in a bowl.
- Mix together all the dressing ingredients and stir through the salad ingredients.
- Transfer to a serving plate and spoon over the seeds and cheese.