Cold soups are all the rage at our place in Summer – the hot Summer days of over 35C, often over 40C, demand cooling foods, yet we still want them to be nourishing and healthy. In our garden there are often tomatoes to spare, and so making Gazpacho, that Spanish delicious cold soup, makes such sense.
This is a quick version, takes no more than the time it takes to wash the tomatoes and peel the cucumber. I like these ratios, but nothing is fixed and you can play around with this delicious blender formula. Add a few herbs, lemon instead of vinegar, a small amount of fresh green or red chilli. Enjoy yourself as you make variations on this theme.
Are you looking for cold soups? Try this quick Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup, Chilled Beetroot Soup, and Roast Tomato and Corn Cold Soup.
What about Cucumber recipes? Try Cucumber Salad with Ricotta and Capers, Cucumber Raita, and Cucumber Lassi.
Try these Tomato recipes – Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, Chilli and Lime, Italian Tomato Sauce, and Tomato and Peach Salad.
You can browse all of our Cold Soup recipes, all of our Tomato recipes, and all of our Cucumber recipes. Have a look at our Tomato Soups, Cucumber Soups, or all of our Soups, hot and cold. Or take some time to browse our Late Summer dishes.
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This is another recipe from my cooking session in Kovalam in Kerala. My scribbled notes have recently come to light again – Chef cooked and I helped and observed and tried desperately to copy down the recipes.
This recipe can be made with okra, Indian cucumber, green mango and plantain (green banana), but today we use pineapple. It is easy to make, and so very delicious – I am sure that you will love it.
Pineapple Pulissery is a delicate dish with aromatic flavours of mustard seed, cumin seed and curry leaves with chilli and black pepper. It is from Kerala, that beautiful tropical state on the West Coast of India. Pineapple curry is also a traditional dish from the Sri Lankan cuisine, and there it is also a delightful sweet and spicy curry.
Are you looking for other Pineapple dishes? We don’t cook with it very often so don’t have anything to offer you right now. But check back here in the future – I am sure there will be more.
Would you like more Pulissery dishes? Try Plain Pulissery, and Mambazha Pulissery – a sweet and sour Mango dish.
Our other Kerala dishes include Green Mango in Coconut Milk, Simple Cabbage Thoran, Olan and Avial.
Browse all of our Pineapple dishes, Pulissery recipes, Kerala dishes and all of our Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here. Or if you would rather, explore our Late Autumn dishes.
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Brunch, that late breakfast or early lunch, really a replacement for both, so that its identity is that it has elements of both. Whether you are doing more lunchy elements for your brunch, or more breakfasty elements, a salad always goes down a treat. Think Avo on Toast with a Brunch Salad. Perfect.
Are you looking for Salads? Try Quick Tomato Salad with Mustardy Mayo, Tofu and Chilli Salad, and Fennel Salad with Fresh Prunes.
Are you after just Tomato Salads? Try Salad of Marinated Zucchini and Tomatoes, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Bok Choy with Capers and Tomatoes.
Or try some Cucumber Salads – Spicy Cucumber Salad with Herbs and Poppy Seeds, Cucumber Salad with Sesame Seeds, and Smashed Garlic and Cucumber Salad.
You can browse all of our Tomato Salads and all of our Cucumber Salads. All Salads are here. Or simply explore our Late Summer dishes.
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Cucumber Salads never fail to remind me of the British and their cucumber sandwiches. There is something elegant, simple, yet refined and luxurious about cucumbers. The taste is subtle and it is their water content that provides the perception of being cooling and wonderful.
Featuring them in salads is tough, given that subtlety. They can easily be overwhelmed by the ingredients that you pair them with. One of the ways to circumvent this is to use something creamy – feta, ricotta, avocado, for example, and then highlight the flavours with a contrasting tang from an ingredient or the dressing.
That is exactly what this salad does. It relies solely on the quality of the olive oil (must have an excellent taste), the cucumbers (not late seasons, make this in early or mid Summer) and the ricotta (to maximise the creaminess). I do hope that you enjoy it.
Are you looking for other Cucumber Salads? Try Cucumber and Tomato Sunday Salad, Cucumber and Avocado Salad, Translucent Cucumber Salad, and my Mother’s German Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Creamy Dressing.
All of our Cucumber Salads are here, and all of the Cucumber Recipes are worth browsing. Otherwise, perhaps browse our Mid Summer recipes.
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A salad with a Japanese influenced dressing.
Goodness, the beautiful salads keep on coming. Summer is made for salads – it is a season where little cooking is required. Thank goodness – all the more time to enjoy the long sunny days, the beautiful weather and of course, the beach.
We have eaten more Tofu on the past 6 months than in the past 6 years, I believe. We have the fabulous close-by S.E. Asian supermarket to blame with its endless variety of tofu, packaged and fresh. It is made into salads, dropped into broths, deep fried, and the flavoured ones eaten as-is quite often for a snack.
Today, we are using Five Spiced Tofu, although smoked tofu could be used if you can find it. Or smoke your own! In this salad, we glaze the tofu in a mixture of orange juice and honey – I have used Barley Malt too, so any sweet, syrupy, honey-like pantry item will be suitable.
Some similar recipes include: Black Pepper Tofu, Tofu and Chilli Salad and Tofu Stacks with Sesame and Spinach. And Tofu with a Peanut Sauce is pretty good too. All of our Tofu Salads are here. We also have other Tofu recipes – they are here.
Radish recipes include Braised, Glazed Radishes, and Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing.
Have a look at our Cucumber Salads, Radish Salads, and also our Bittman Salads. Or simply spend some leisurely time browsing our Mid Summer Dishes.
Feel free to browse our other Tofu recipes too. All of our Salads are here.
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This salad is a simple variation on Amber’s Cucumber Salad, but is special enough to deserve it’s own place. It is simple but gorgeous, with the cucumber slices becoming almost translucent if you slice them thin enough. A perfect Summery day’s salad. Serve with some light brown bread for lunch on the terrace.
Are you after other Cucumber Salads? Try Cucumber and Tomato Sunday Salad, Smashed Garlic and Ginger Cucumber Salad, and Indian Style Cucumber Salad.
Explore other Cucumber Salads. You might also like all of our Cucumber recipes. Or browse Salad recipes. Check out our easy Mid Summer recipes.
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Cucumbers are a little under-rated in this household, yet they make beautiful salads (and incredible juices!). This salad comes from Amber – a simple salad indeed but with unexpected flavours.
Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series. Explore other Cucumber Salads here and here. You might also like our Cucumber recipes here and here. Or browse Salad recipes here and here. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.
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The joy of yoghurt is beautifully expressed in this flavoursome recipe for Cucumber Raita. Cucumber Raita is a dish known all over the world, and if you must equate it, it is the Indian version of Tzatziki. The combination of cucumber and yoghurt, in what ever form or from what ever cuisine, is well known all over the world. Both ingredients are cooling, so it makes it a special dish for hot weather, but this does not mean that you need to forgo it on cooler days. An essential part of an informal gathering, Cucumber Raita always wins over your guests.
You might like to read more about Pachadi. Browse our Pachadi recipes here and here. Or explore our Yoghurt recipes here and here. Our Indian dishes are here and here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.
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Cucumber is so cooling in these hot months. With tomato it is even better. This soup is gorgeous. Not quite gazpacho, it is definitely similar. Best eaten chilled, it can have yoghurt stirred through. We first made it in 1998 – that sounds so very long ago. But it has stood the test of time, and as soon as hot weather hits, we make it again.
Our preference is to use tomato purees, pastes or sauces from our freezer – we made them in Autumn to get us through the Winter and Spring months until good tomatoes hit the green grocer shelves again. But it can be made by juicing tomatoes, or even with a can of tomato soup if you are desperate (don’t ever mention that I said that – we usually don’t promote processed foods!)
It is a filling yet cooling hot weather soup.
You might also like our Cucumber recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Cold Soup recipes here and here. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.
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A quick summer salad that takes less than 5 minutes to make.
The simplest of salads, quick, easy and divine. The cucumber and avocado so soft and delicately balance with the dressing.
Try some other cucumber recipes – Cucumber Yoghurt Salad (Raita), Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup, or Mozzarella and Cucumber Salad with Caperberries and Lemon.
Perhaps you are looking for Avocado Recipes? Have a look at Avocado and Celery Cold Soup.
Browse our other Cucumber recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes here.
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My Mother’s favourite salad
My mother, with her Germanic background, used to make a tomato and cucumber salad each summer which always delighted. With its wonderful creamy dressing it featured on all of our special occasions.
Browse all of our Tomato Salads here and here, and all of our Cucumber Salads here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer Recipes here and here.
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The soft flavours of fresh mozzarella pair with the tang of preserved lemon and caperberries.
Fresh Mozzarella is ideal for salads, having a creamy texture but soft flavour, so it compliments strong and tangy flavours. It also heightens dishes like grilled fennel, or produces soft and gentle flavours when paired with other soft flavours.
This salad has the softness of cucumber and mozzarella, and the tang of caperberries and preserved lemon. Each level of flavour is evident. It is a great summery salad.
Are you looking for similar Salads? Pease try our Tapenade Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella. You may also like Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella and Beetroot Salad with Honey and Ginger.
Browse our other Mozzarella dishes, and our other salads too. Or explore our Late Summer collection of dishes.
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It is rather rare to have raw ingredients in South Indian cuisine. At the least, most ingredients are sauteed. There are a couple of exceptions. This is a Kosumalli, closer to a Western version of a salad than, say, Sundals and Pachadi dishes which are often referred to as salads but differ from their Western counterparts.
While Western salads depend on their dressing – primarily oil, vinegar, mayonnaise and herbs – to make the collection of raw ingredients interesting, Indian Kosumalli use crunch from the fried lentils, the taste of coconut, the tang of lime or lemon juice, and spices.
This vesion of the salad Kosummali is fresh and lively with the ever present hit of chilli. You will love it. The smell of the cucumber after the hot ghee hits it is divine.
This recipe is the 4th version (so far) of Cucumber Kosumalli on our site, each one different to the others.
Are you looking for other Kosumalli recipes? Try Cucumber Kosumalli with Sesame (V1), Cucumber Kosumalli (V2), and Cucumber Kosumalli (V3). You will love them all.
Are you after other Cucumber Salads. Try Cucumber Salad with Capers and Ricotta, Cucumber and Red Radish Salad, and Simple French Cucumber Salad.
You can see all Kosumalli Recipes here. Or explore all of our Cucumber Salads. We have a wealth of other Salad recipes too, so feel free to browse our complete collection. You can also browse all of our Indian recipes, or simply check out our Late Autumn dishes.
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When summer hits, a blended drink made from cooling cucumber and yoghurt is an excellent choice.
A cooling lassi for hot summer weather. The yoghurt and the cucumber are both cooling in nature, so the effect of a Cucumber Lassi is immediate.
We have a wealth of lassi recipes. You can browse them all here. Some favourites are the Simplest Lassi, a Cumin Lassi, and Mango Lassi. Or explore all of our Drinks here and here. You might like our Summer recipes here and here.
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