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.
Try some Bittman Salads – 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, 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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Welcome to Sweetcorn Season. Mostly we eat the whole corns raw – the sweetness is most intense when it is raw. We nibble away at those juicy corns, getting the skins stuck between our teeth and occasionally finding one of those long sweetcorn hairs in our mouths. But, boy, they are juicy and best eaten like this outdoors.
Sometimes we steam them and slaver them in butter. This is how we ate them as children. Later on I learned to add coarsely ground black pepper. Still later we added chilli and lime juice. And I began to roast them rather than steam them, covering them in their natural wrapping and throwing them on the BBQ or indoor grill. Even later, I learned to cook them as they do for Indian Street Food.
Just occasionally, we remove the cooked kernels and pop them into salads, or make sweetcorn salads in their own right. This recipe today is such a sweetcorn salad, one with the Mexican tangs of chilli and lime juice.
You might like to also try Sweetcorn Sundal (an Indian salad), Tomato and Sweetcorn Soup, or a similar cold soup.
Other salads that might take your fancy include: Cherry Tomato Salad with Soy Dressing, Asparagus Salad, or Buckwheat Salad.
You can browse all of our Sweetcorn Recipes, our Salad recipes, or take some time to check out our Late Summer Recipes.
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Well, watermelon has this household hooked in the Summer hot weather – that luscious pink colour going looking so good in the heat, and the juices running down onto one’s plate (or down one’s chin). Eaten with a sucking noise, to extract every piece of juice, it cools and supplies a sugar energy boost at the same time.
It is so good to slice it, take it outside and eat with ones hands, the rind still on, gnawing at it to get the last of the pink bits. Or cut into cubes, more delicately eaten with a fork, popping ice-cold cubes into our mouths with regular automatic movements of fork to cube to mouth and back again.
Today we mix it with feta, such a good mix, some onion, mint and olives, for a quick salad. I have some creamy feta from the local Afghan shop, so creamy it can be spread onto flatbread for quick snacks. But today I managed to save some for the salad.
We have a collection of Watermelon Salads for you to explore – we brought together all our favourite salads in one post.
Similar recipes include: Watermelon Juice with Ginger and Mint, Watermelon and Peach Salad with Basil, and Haloumi and Watermelon Salad. All of our Watermelon Salads are here, and all of our other Watermelon recipes are here.
You might like to look at other Feta recipes. Perhaps try Artichoke Hearts and Feta Salad with Tomatoes, Du Puy Lentils with Feta and Tomato, or Rustic Tomato Soup with Feta.
You could browse all of our many Salad recipes. Or take some time to browse our Mid Summer dishes.
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An Autumn and Winter salad, this one. Cabbage, fresh can crisp, with black beans and an orange juice vinaigrette. It’s refreshing and filling at the same time, making it perfect for either lunch or dinner.
Cabbage is often paired with caraway seeds, but if you are not a caraway lover, do what this salad does – use cumin instead. The flavour is different, but a similar bite to the flavour is there, and it pairs just as well.
Neither cabbage nor black beans are seen often in this kitchen, so it is nice to bring them together here.
If you are looking for other Cabbage recipes, try Chilli Cabbage, Cabbage Thoran, Kimchi, and Napa Cabbage and Radish Salad.
Similar recipes include Black Bean and Avocado Salad with Green Tomatoes.
Are you looking for other Salads? Try Mung Bean and Baked Carrot Salad, Fennel and Apple Salad, and Moroccan Carrot Salad. Or Creamy Salad Dressing, without Eggs.
You can browse all of the Cabbage Recipes here. Take some time to browse our many many Salad recipes, or our easy Mid Autumn recipes.
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Xmas and Cherries, they just go together, like birds of a feather – right? At least in Australia they do. The juicy succulent cherries help to define that early Summer time. You eat them sitting outside on the verandah or deck or balcony, even just under a tree in the hot sun, sucking that juicy flesh, spitting the seeds and throwing them as far as you can. The little stems make a pile at your feet. Sooner than you care to mention your bag of cherries is empty.
In our house, we never ever have enough cherries left to cook with. Even though there are great cherry desserts, we never seem to have enough. Anyway, most of those Cherry Desserts are European and a little heavy for the heat of this time of year. However, this year I managed to secret a few away to make a salad, one where the sweetness of the cherries goes so well with bitter greens and Hazelnuts. I do hope that you enjoy it.
While we don’t have any other cherry recipes for you to browse, we do have a few Salad recipes that use fruits. Orange and Olive Salad, for example, or Fig Salad with Almond Butter, Tomato and Strawberry Salad, or Watermelon and Peach Salad.
Or simply browse all of our Salads here and our easy Early Summer recipes here.
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When life is busy, simple is necessary. Eating healthy but quickly means the freshest of ingredients, whatever is in the fridge, without too much thinking or cooking. We are in that space at the moment, life is busy, simple is the way we are eating. Simple but good. VERY good. It is important to remember that salads need not be complex or take time to make.
For this salad, toast some bread really well, and mix it with some tomatoes for an awesome salad. The success of the salad lies in great tomatoes and a very good, tasty, extra virgin olive oil.
Are you after other Tomato Salads? Try Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Kachumber – Indian Tomato and Cucumber Salad.
Similar Salads include Locquat Salad.
You can browse all of our Bread Salads, Tomato Salads, or indeed all of our many many Salads. Or take some time to explore our Mid Autumn dishes.
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I look forward to having green tomatoes from the garden – I love the tartness in salads, salsa, and topping other dishes (adding a real zing to them). Just occasionally my green grocer stocks them too.
This is a salad which is good with fresh mozzarella, either balls (big or small), plaits or long strings. We like to rip them open, roughly, spreading them over the plate, and topping with our other ingredients. Oh yum!
This recipes layers fresh mozzarella with green tomatoes and basil or other herbs. I know that you will enjoy it.
Are you looking for other Mozzarella dishes? Try Roast Red Pepper Salad with Mozzarella and White Beans, Mozzarella Salad with Crispy Tomato Crumbs, and Cheese and Eggplant Torte with Mozzarella.
What about other Green Tomato recipes? Try Green Tomato and Pineapple Salsa, Marinated Zucchini with Tomatoes, and Green Tomato Salsa.
You can browse all Mozzarella dishes, and all Green Tomato dishes. All of our Tomato Salad recipes are here and our Salads in total are here. Or simply explore our Mid Summer dishes.
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Yay for warm weather! And as soon as the weather turns the slightest bit warm, I begin making Summery salads again. I find them the most healthy type of dish for Spring, Summer and into Autumn. As each year passes, we eat salads further into winter, roasting our ingredients, or incorporating barley, freekeh, quinoa and other filling and satisfying ingredients.
Today’s salad is definitely a Spring dish, a Mushroom Salad. Spring Mushrooms are grilled with some red onion and then dressed. It is gorgeous.
Similar dishes include Mushroom, Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad, Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Bean Sprouts, Mushrooms Baked in Vine Leaves, and Stuffed Mushrooms.
You might like to also browse our other Salads – over a hundred! Or just the Mushroom Salads. Have a look at all of our Mushroom recipes here. And explore our easy Early Spring recipes too.
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After a seasonal slow start to the tomato season this past Summer (poor setting of flowers all over Adelaide), as I write this in late, late Summer, they are ripening in abundance. How special that is – teeny little cherry tomatoes and little egg shaped ones, juiced, cooked, made into salads. Yum.
This salad, another from Bittman as I journey through his 101 salads, is a wonder – a toasted sandwich made into croutons, then mixed with the classic tomato and basil salad. How good is that! Combining 3 loves – basil, tomatoes and cheese toasties. I have added some green tomatoes to the salad, as I love their tang and use them whenever I can.
Are you looking for Tomato Salad inspiration? Try My Mother’s Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Tomato Salad with Marjoram, and Tomato and Peach Salad.
Or are you looking for general Tomato recipes? Try Santorini Style Tomato Patties, Baked Tomato Pasta Sauce, and a Light Summery Tomato and Potato Soup (from India).
Have a look at our Toastie Sandwiches. All of our Tomato Salad Recipes are here, and the complete compendium of Tomato dishes are here. Would you like to browse all of our Salads? Or spend some time to explore our Late Summer dishes.
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Today’s salad takes some olive tapenade and olive oil and smothers bread in it. As it soaks in, cubes of the bread are mixed with tomatoes to make a gorgeous salad. A fun alternative to including olives, and adds a bit of bulk to the dish.
This is also a great way to use up left over bread that might be only good for toast. The firmer texture of this bread is perfect for salads as it soaks up the juices of tomatoes and dressings.
Are you looking for similar Tomato Salads? Try this one which combines crispy flatbread, tomatoes and red peppers. And our favourite of Fresh Mozzarella, tomatoes and cucumbers. Also try Simple Tomato and Bread Salad, Warm Tomato Salad, Tomato and Basil Salad with Grilled Cheese Croutons, and Artichoke Hearts with Tomatoes.
Browse all of our Tomato Salads. Our Bittman Salads are here. Or take some time to explore all of our many many Salads. Alternatively, check out our easy Late Summer recipes.
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A salad perfect for late Winter and early Spring – and the rest of the year too.
Salads, what wonderful variety they add to life. The number of salads on this blog (150 different salads either posted or scheduled to be posted) says something about our commitment to them. Hot or cold, cooked ingredients or raw, we adore the variety, usefulness, tastes and textures of salads.
Today, it is a Roasted Beetroot salad. We were roasting beetroot for risotto, and threw a few more into the oven to use in salads.
Similar recipes include Roasted Sweetcorn Salad with Feta, Beetroot Salsa with Yoghurt, Beetroot and Goat Cheese Salad, Beetroot, Orange and Black Olive Salad, and Beets with a Yoghurt-Tahini Dressing.
You might also like to try Roast Beetroot with Cumin Seed, and Roasted Beetroot with Garlic and Walnuts.
Feel free to explore our other Salads, our other Beetroot Salads, and all of our Beetroot recipes. Our easy Mid-Spring recipe collection is available here.
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We are back to beetroot again – and home grown beetroot is simply the best. As soon as you begin to work with it, that earthy beetroot scent invades the kitchen. Raw beetroot, not often used, is not only good for us (lots of roughage), its texture and taste is perfect for salads. Crunchy! Plus beetroot salads add such a colourful element to the dinner table.
What other beetroot dishes would you like? Similar dishes include Slightly Pickled Beetroot Salad with Mustard, Beetroot, Orange and Olive Salad, Beetroot and Carrot Salad, Roasted Beetroot Salad with Sweetcorn, and Beets in a Herb Dressing.
This is another Bittman Salad, adapted from his 101 Salads. We have a project to make them all, at least the vegetarian ones, as they are all very healthy and amazing salads. You can browse other ones we’ve made here.
Or explore all of our Salads and all of our Beetroot recipes. Or simply browse our easy Late Summer recipes.
This salad I have adapted quite a bit, adding ingredients from my garden.
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This salad is rather unusual but rather nice. It is a great salad for Autumn and early winter. Caramelised onions are mixed with bitter greens.
Take time to caramelise your onions. They will take between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on your stove, your pan, the onions and the heat that you used. These were cooked for 45 mins, but usually I cook them with a little more heat and they take 30 mins. Watch them carefully as they cook, stirring often.
Are you looking for other Onion Salads? Try Onion Salad with Sesame Oil, Onion Strings Pickled Salad, and Sweet Onion Salad.
Browse all of our many Salads and all of our Onion recipes. You can also check our recipes for Radicchio, Endive, and Escarole. Or simply explore our Late Autumn dishes.
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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, the Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard, our Grilled Mushroom and Red Onion Salad, the beautiful Caramelised Onions and Greens Salad, and Indian Kachumber.
You might also like to try Roasted Sweet Pepper Salad.
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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A salad for Summer or Winter
A gorgeous, unusual crunchy salad for winter or summer. Jerusalem artichokes have a bad wrap and don’t appear as often as they might on the kitchen table. This is an easy salad – peel and grate the artichokes, mix with dressing and serve.
Are you looking for other Jerusalem Artichoke recipes? Try Jerusalem Artichokes with Halloumi and Basil Oil.
Try these other Salad recipes too: Fennel Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, Spinach Stem Salad with Pine Nuts and Sweet Raisins, and Vermicelli and Green Mango Salad.
Browse all of our Jerusalem Artichoke dishes and all of our Salad recipes. And check out our collection of easy Late Winter recipes.
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