I am on a mission – each day in the warmer months, I make a salad which we take to have with our lunches, or eat at home if we are home, and leftovers are used for snacks or with the evening meal.
The salads vary from day to day, and I get inspiration from all sorts of places. As I have mentioned before, I do love Bittman’s 101 salads, and am gradually working my way through the vegetarian ones. Others can often be adapted, leaving out or substituting the non-vegetarian ingredients. This is my second Summer using his beauties, and I am probably about half way through.
Today’s salad is an onion salad, with some roasted peppers. It is simple, but glorious on this 36C day (as I am writing this), and at those sorts of temperatures, all you want is simple. To make the salad, sometimes I have charred, roasted eggplant and capsicums that were cooked on the BBQ, and other times I slice the capsicums lengthwise into straight pieces which I grill on a grill pan on the stove. That is what I have done today, as I used the fully roasted ones to make Harissa.
Try some other Bittman Salads. There is a Glorious Five Bean Salad, Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing, and Tomato and Strawberry Salad with Basil and Balsamic.
Or explore other Onion Salads. Try Sweet Onion Salad with Coriander Spice, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard, and Kachumber.
You can browse all of our Salad recipes here, all of our Bittman Salads, and our Onion dishes. Or simply take the time to explore our easy Mid Summer dishes.
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I classify this recipe as an Easy Salad, but you do need to plan ahead to have enough time to caramelise the onions. Depending on your onions and your preference, this can take up to 45 mins of slow cooking. But don’t be dictated to by me – cook the onions to your preferred level of caramelisation. The longer you cook them, the sweeter they are, and this pairs nicely with the bitterness of the greens.
Add some orange segments if you care too – they are so nice with this salad. I particularly like this salad with with the Slightly Pickled Jicama and Citrus Salad.
Are you after other Onion recipes? Try Sweet Onion Salad with Roasted Rd Peppers, South Indian Spring Onion Soup, Onion Marmalade, and Sweet Onion Salad with Coriander Spice.
You can browse all of our Salads (there are quite a few, take your time), or you can check our Salads for different seasons by clicking on the Seasonal Cooking menu item at the top of this page. All of our Onion dishes are here, or you can browse our Radicchio recipes, Endive and Belgian Endive recipes, and Escarole dishes. Or simply explore our Early Winter dishes.
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Such a delicious snack from Northern India
Poha, a steamed and flattened rice (“steamrolled” I call it) is a great base for Indian snacks. In this poha recipe, it is teamed with onions and peanuts. Kanda Poha goes great mid afternoon with a cup of milky sweet tea (chai). Or it can be a great quick supper dish when you arrive just a little too late home from work.
There are several thicknesses of poha – Nylon (very thin and crisp), Paper, Thin, Medium, Thick and Dagdi (thick and chewy). This recipe uses medium or thick poha, which you can buy from your Indian grocery. Thick is preferred. Thin poha is not suitable for this dish.
Are you looking for other Poha dishes? Try Poha with Potatoes and Peanuts, Kolache Poha, and Poha with Banana, Honey and Coconut.
Browse all of our other Poha recipes and all of our Indian recipes. All of our Snacks are here. Or simply explore our easy Early Winter recipes.
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The deep richness of this onion jam with its spicy undertones is a perfect winter condiment.
Onion Jam (aka Onion Marmalade or, as the French call it, Confit d’Oignon) is a great condiment to have on hand. Rich and deep with a spicy undertone, it is a great accompaniment to cheese, baked dishes, curries, roasted vegetables and more. It is a rich, gutsy mixture, great added to soups, on sandwiches with layers of grilled vegetables, or in a vegetable stack with lasagne sheets, at BBQs, or in toastie cheese sandwiches – you will find lots of uses.
Are you looking for other Onion recipes? Try Onion Salad with Sesame Oil, Farinata with Tomato and Onions, Kanda Poha and Onion Pakora.
Perhaps you are looking for recipes for Relish? Try this Roasted Red Pepper and Apple Relish and Caponata Siciliana.
Feel free to browse our Onion recipes and Relish recipes. Or you might like to browse Sweet and Savoury Jam recipes. Check out our easy Early Winter recipes.
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A surprise flavour combination.
My friend Franz gave me this recipe, and it is used a lot with left over half onions from other recipes. The combination of Sesame Oil and salted onions is quite amazing.
This salad is a great use of left over half onions, after cooking another dish. A great accompaniment to any meal, I also love it with steamed rice and an Indian chutney.
Are you after Onion recipes? Try these: Onion Strings Pickled Salad, Sweet Onion Salad with Roasted Rd Peppers, Caramelised Onion Salad with Bitter Greens and Pine Nuts, and Farinata with Onions and Tomatoes. There is also a deeply flavoured Confit d’Oignon (Onion Jam).
Perhaps you are looking for easy Salads. Try Carrot Sambol, Simple Celery Salads, and Bok Choy with Capers and Tomatoes.
You might like to browse all of our Onion Salads, and all of our Onion Recipes, and all of our Salad recipes. Or explore our easy Mid Autumn recipes.
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Hot, tangy, sweet, salty. The perfect quick pickle.
Such a simple dish, but an amazing accompaniment to South Indian food. This is ubiquitous in South Indian cafes and restaurants, and at home. It takes about 2 minutes to make, and will keep in the fridge. Don’t just save it for Indian food, use it in any way you desire. In salads, sandwiches, wraps, for example.
Are you looking for Onion Salad recipes? Try Onion Strings Pickled Salad, Caramelised Onion Salad with Bitter Greens and Pine Nuts, and Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard, and Battered Onion Rings.
Are you after Indian recipes? Try Kohlrabi Subzi, Aamti Bhaat, and Rice and Cauliflower Pilaf.
You might like to explore other Onion Salads, or Onion recipes or simply browse our Salads. All of our Indian recipes are here. Please feel free to browse all of our Early Spring recipes as well.
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A beautiful Italian snack
The use of chickpea flour for endless varieties of dishes fascinates me. Having made pudla again for lunch yesterday, I remembered that we hadn’t made farinata for a long time. It is great for a brunch with some salads.
The toppings for farinata are endless and only limited by your imagination. The key is to avoid juicy toppings. Today we added olive paste to the batter and topped the farinata with cheese.
You might also like to make Simple Farinata, and Farinata “Pizza”.
Are you after other Onion recipes? Try our deeply flavoured Confit d’Oignon (Onion Jam), Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard, and Onion Bhajji (Onion Fritters).
Browse all of our Farinata recipes here. Or explore our Italian recipes here and here. We have other Chickpea Flour recipes here and here.
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Use up left over onion with this simple, healthy salad.
This is a great, quick onion salad that I often make to use up those half onions remaining from another dish. It retains the onion’s bite yet softens its intensity. It is such a perfect accompaniment to Indian curries too.
Would you believe that I first made this in 1998? It is also cross posted as part of the retro recipes on our sister site, Heat in The Kitchen.
Are you looking for Onion Salad recipes? Try Sweet Onion Salad with Roasted Rd Peppers, Onion Strings Pickled Salad, Caramelised Onion Salad with Bitter Greens and Pine Nuts, and Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard..
Are you after salads? Please browse here and here. There are also onion recipes here and here. Explore our Summer recipes here and here.
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A perfect and simple tangy salad to make in a hurry. Serve with hot or cold dishes.
With this continuing very hot weather, the only thought is about salads. Here is a simple one with Cucumbers, Red Onion and Red Radish. It is delightful.
Browse our Salad recipes here and here. You might particularly like Pawpaw Salsa, Grown up Potato Salad, and a Kachumber – Indian Salad. Find all of the Cucumber Salads here and here. Or explore all of the Bittman Salads. Browse the Radish recipes here and here.
Looking for something different to do with cucumbers? Why not try Kachumber Salad, Simple but Best Cucumber Salad, or a Cucumber Curry?
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Celebrating Chickpea Flour
I have to say, chickpea flour is the best! So versatile, if I was to be marooned on a desert island, it is one of the pantry ingredients that I would take with me. From the beautiful Farinata, to a stabliser in yoghurt curry, to crispy batters and fritter-like little dosas, it brings joy into the kitchen. Going by different names, you may recognise Chickpea Flour as Besan, or Gram Flour.
Make these two quick recipes in no time at all. They make a lovely sunny breakfast on the terrace – Pudla, Crispy Battered Onion Rings, Lentils, Tomatoes, Curd (yoghurt) and deep fried yoghurt dried chillies. Finish it off with a nice crispy, slightly sour apple.
Pudla is also called Cheela, Puda or Pooda, and there are versions from many parts of India. They are a fairly relaxed form of Dosa.
You might also like to try Pudla with Green Coriander, Chickpea Flour Pudla, or Chickpea Flour “Cakes” with Tomato Salsa. All Pudla recipes are here. Or browse our Indian Recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.
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