Sometimes I prepare to post a recipe and realise that it is for an ingredient that does not feature often in our collection of recipes over 12 years of posting on this blog (including some recipes from our blog that ran from 1995 to 2006). It is a surprise to find an ingredient not covered much in all of that time.
We do use Indian-style sprouts in some recipes – that is, the type of sprouts that are only just sprouted, with small little tails. But Mung Sprouts with long tails, Chinese style, feature hardly at all! So today we begin to remedy that.
The recipe is from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More and takes long Mung Sprouts and pairs them with, of all things, Umeboshi puree, edamame beans and radishes!! It really works, and is a terrific combination. This recipe is part of our project to cook more dishes from our Ottolenghi collection of books, and we are beginning with Plenty More.
The salty-sour Umeboshi puree, made from pickled plums, can be found in the Japanese section of larger supermarkets, in Japanese groceries and in health shops. If you can’t find Umeboshi puree, substitute pomegranate molasses.
Make more of the dressing, if you want: it’s so tangy and good that you’ll be tempted to douse this salad; failing that, it’ll keep in the fridge for other dishes in the days ahead.
Similar recipes include Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Sprouts, Bean Sprout Stir Fry, and How to Grow Sprouts.
Browse all of our Sprouts recipes and all of our recipes from Plenty More. Our Ottolenghi dishes are here.
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Have you tried Jicama yet? It’s crisp crunchy nature and apple-like taste makes it such a winner in salads. It is most easily found in Asian shops that have a large fruit and vegetables section. My local Asian grocery stocks them at most times. But if you haven’t any jicama, this salad is just as good with Radishes. In fact I really like the bite of the radishes with the sweetness of the mirin dressing.
This salad has a lovely Asian-influenced dressing of mirin and soy, and you can add wasabi for a heat hit if you wish. The flavours of the wasabi and mirin and soy are marvellous. I am sure that you will enjoy it.
Are you looking for other Jicama Salads? Try Jicama and Green Mango Salad, Pickled Jicama and Jicama Salad with Coconut Milk.
Or are you after Radish Salads? Try Mung Sprout, Edamame and Radish Salad, Tofu Salad with Radishes, Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing and Cucumber and Radish Slightly Pickled Salad.
Why not have a look at our Bittman Salads, or explore all of our Jicama Dishes and all of our Radish Recipes. All of our large collection of Salads are here. Or alternatively, check our Mid Autumn dishes.
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I have a couple of Avocado Soups that I make in Hot Weather. This is one of them. The other is also an amazing cold soup – Avocado and Celery.
This recipe has a little hit of sweet chilli amongst the familiar tastes of garlic, coriander and lemon. It is an easy soup, not pureed (although you can if you want to), but the ingredients are chopped finely and pulled together with some stock. Make it early in the day for the afternoon or evening – this allows time for flavours to develop.
Have a look at other cold soups too. Try Quick Cucumber and Tomato Cold Soup, Chilled Beetroot Soup, and Cream of Asparagus Soup. Here is how to make a range of easy cold soups in Summer.
Are you after other Avocado recipes? Try Guacamole, Cucumber and Avocado Salad, and Retro Recipes with Avocados.
You might also like all Avocado recipes here. Or check out Cold Soup recipes. Take some time to explore our easy Mid Summer recipes. Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series – vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006.
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Tostada is a Spanish word meaning toasted. In Mexico and other parts of Latin America, it is the name of various local dishes which are toasted or use a toasted ingredient as the main base of their preparation. It usually refers to a flat or bowl-shaped tortilla that’s toasted – it is perfect as a base for other foods.
Today’s tostada is topped with crunchy grilled green tomatoes, soft avocado and delicious black beans, topped with coriander leaves. It is a great snack or informal lunch and reasonably easy to prepare. We love to eat it sitting on the steps of the decking (with large napkins), folding the tortillas together and eating with our hands. Summer eating! We make this style of snack a lot, and the inspiration for this combo comes from Food52.
Similar recipes include Green Tomato Pachadi, Green Tomato and Pineapple Salsa, Avocado and Black Bean Salad with Green Tomatoes, and Green Tomato and Mozzarella Salad.
Browse all of our Snacks and our Green Tomato recipes. Our Black Bean dishes are here. Or explore our Late Summer dishes.
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Black Beans are so good and great in Summer as they add a little more substance for cooler days without feeling heavy and too wintery. If you haven’t used them before, they are a good stock item in your pantry. We are not keen on too many cans in our pantry, but black beans have joined the tomatoes, coconut milk and chickpeas (for emergencies).
Here we pair black beans with avocado and feta for a creamy salad that zings with lime juice.
We also add green tomatoes. What??, I hear you ask. Green tomatoes are a magnificent slightly sour and very crunchy ingredient ideal for salads, especially those with Mexican or South East Asian overtones. They are used extensively in parts of the world but not much in the English-speaking world. You may have seen the film Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (or not), but the use of green tomatoes extends far beyond being crumbed and fried (as delicious as they are). Try them in Indian dishes too, as a replacement for, or along side, the usual souring agent in the dish (tamarind, lime or lemon juice, dried pomegranate seeds, kokum, golpar, sour grapes, verjuice, etc). There are parts of the world that use sour to great effect in their cuisines – Persia and India come to mind.
I hope you enjoy this salad, it is very very good.
You might enjoy some other Black Bean recipes. Have a look at Turtle Bean Soup, and Black Bean and Cabbage Salad with Orange Dressing.
Similar Salads include Avocado and Caper Salad, Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Asian Dressing, Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing and Artichoke Hearts with Feta Salad.
All of our Black Bean recipes are here, our Green Tomato Recipes here, and our Avocado Recipes here. Salads are all here (there are a LOT), and Bittman Salads here. Or take some time to explore our easy Late Summer Recipes.
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An unusual salad indeed! The sweet and tart strawberries with the creamy avocados and the fresh herbs, together with the onion-walnut oil dressing, it is simply delicious!
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Black Bean and Avocado Salad with Green Tomatoes, Tomato and Strawberry Salad, Cucumber and Avocado Salad, and Baked Strawberries.
You might like to browse our Strawberry recipes and our Avocado dishes. And check out our many exciting Salads. Or explore our Mid Autumn dishes for even more inspiration.
This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2005. Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series.
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Sometimes you don’t quite want a guacamole, you want a bit more than smashed avo, and you want to use that ripe avocado, mashed and tasty, to pile onto sourdough toast. Or to use as a salad. Well, here we have that recipe for you.
Are you looking for other Avocado dishes? Try Avocado Salad with Pomelo, Cucumber and Avocado Salad, and Roasted Sweetcorn and Avocado Salad.
Or Radish Salads? Try Avocado and Caper Salad, Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing, Radish Salad with Coconut Milk, and Cucumber and Radish Slightly Pickled Salad.
Or perhaps you are looking for other Dips and Spreads? Try Fava Bean Spread with Dill, Roasted Cauliflower and White Bean Puree, White Bean, Sage and Roasted Garlic Spread, Zhug – Coriander Chilli Spread, and Babaganoush.
Browse all of our Avocado dishes and all of our Dips. Or explore all of our Late Autumn collection of recipes. Continue reading “Avocado Smash with Radishes | Spread, Dip or Salad”
Pomelo is like a huge grapefruit without the tartness
Oh that huge fruit! Pomelo – citrus in the extreme. It tastes like a mild grapefruit with a hint of sweetness. The flesh is either pink or white – the pomelos that I have access to are the white variety. If you prefer pink you can always use pink grapefruit.
With a thick, pithy and slightly tough peel, it takes a special approach to peel. Luckily there is some YouTube help. Note how he removes the membrane surrounding the segments. The enveloping membrane is a little bitter and is best discarded. But once it is out of its peel and membrane, Pomelo can be eaten as-is, tossed into salads and salsas, used in marinades, made into jam, or juiced.
This salad is amazing! The tang of the Pomelo against the creaminess of the avocado is a perfect combination. This time, I dressed it with a cumquat olive oil that I made recently.
Are you after other Pomelo recipes? Try Pomelo and Ruby Grapefruit Salad with Avocado, Pomelo and Carrot Salad, Three Citrus Salad with Chilli and Ginger, and Pomelo and Green Mango Salad. You will also love Pink Grapefruit and Sumac Salad.
What about other Avocado dishes? Try Avocado and Strawberry Salad, Roasted Sweetcorn and Avocado Salad, and Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Japanese Dressing.
Browse all of our Pomelo recipes and all of our Avocado recipes. All of our many many Salads are here. Or explore our Mid Spring collection of recipes.
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We are in the middle of a run of very simple salads, easy to throw together, many of them traditional combinations, simple ingredients, but none the less flavoursome. It is really nice to go back to basics and have, say, a cucumber salad that is dressed with a little oil and the vinegar from the jar of jicama pickles. It is really very lovely.
This relatively simple salad is perhaps a slightly Mexican combination. It mixes roasted sweet corn, avocado and tomatoes. Simple. Fresh. Tangy with lime juice. I have tarted it up this time, with some pomegranate, feta and greens. Some pickles too, for variety, jicama and cumquat. Each time we make it, its a little different. That is the good thing about salads. Some Pickled Lemon Rind would be good too.
Are you after more Salads? We have so many. Try these Avocado Salads: Cucumbers and Avocado Salad. and Pomelo Salad with Avocado.
Or these Tomato Salads: My Mother’s Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Du Puy Lentils with Feta and Tomatoes, and Tomato and Peach Salad.
And try our Grilled Sweeetcorn Slaw with Cabbage and Carrots, and Roasted Sweetcorn Salad with Feta.
You can browse all of our Salads here. All of our Sweetcorn recipes are here, all of our Avocado recipes here, and all of our Tomato recipes here. Or simply explore our Late Autumn dishes.
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A salad with a Japanese influenced dressing.
Perfect for our 40C Summers
Back from a hot weather week of family, food and fun, one of the outstanding dishes we concocted was an amazing cold blender soup with celery and avocado. Very more’ish, it takes a few minutes to make. It can be eaten either at room temperature or chilled for a perfect start to a meal on a hot hot day. Perfect for our 40C degree summers.
We have another Beautiful Cold Avocado Soup. it is just as wonderful. Try other Cold Soups too – Chilled Beetroot Soup, Roasted Tomato and Corn Cold Soup, and Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup.
Are you an avocado fan? Try Avocado Mash with Radishes.
We have other Celery recipes too. Try Celery Yoghurt Salad, Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Celery and a Ginger Vinaigrette, and Nashi Pear and Celery Salad.
Browse our other Cold Soups, our Avocado dishes, and our Celery recipes. Or enjoy our easy Mid Summer recipes.
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A quick summer salad that takes less than 5 minutes to make.