Tahini, aah, such a wondrous ingredient, made from sesame seeds and not understood or used enough in this country. One of its properties is that it thickens in the presence of acid, so you can add lemon juice to it to thicken it as well as flavour it, and gradually thin it with water or milk until you get to the right conistency (depending on what you are using it for).
This classic green sauce includes garlic and parsley as well, for a great dip, spread, sauce or dressing. It is Middle Eastern in flavours, so pair it with pita bread, falafel, herby salads, or any flatbread. It is great in salad sandwiches and wraps. Dress vegetable salads with it, pair it with some steamed beetroot. Dip crackers and crudites into it. Spread tiny toasts and top with chopped cucumber or chopped tomato and chilli. You are going to love it.
You might like to try some other Tahini recipes. We have Crushed Du Puy Lentils with Tahini and Cumin, Yoghurt Tahina Dip with Herbs or Tahina Tarator | Tahini Spread, Dip or Dressing.
Try these spreads too: Avocado Mash, and Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread.
All of our recipes featuring Tahini are here. Feel free to browse our Middle Eastern recipes, or our Salad recipes. Or all of our easy Mid Summer Recipes.
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Oh this is the easiest of salads. Often we just slice fennel with a mandolin and serve with olive oil, a little lemon perhaps, and some sea salt. This is an easy variation.
Are you looking for Fennel Salad Recipes? Try Nashi Pear, Fennel and Celery Salad with a Mustard Dressing, Fennel Salad with Fresh Prunes, and Fennel and Apple Salad.
Or perhaps you are interested in cooked Fennel dishes? Try Grilled Fennel with mozzarella, Fennel a la Grecque, and Fennel on the BBQ.
You can browse all of our Fennel recipes, and all of our Salads too. Or explore our collection of Late Autumn dishes.
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The cheery colour of Pomegranate Vinegar brightens any Winter Salad Dressing
When pomegranates are plentiful in late autumn and early winter, I love to make pomegranate honey for the winter, pomegranate molasses and pomegranate vinegar. The vinegar is great in salad dressings or over roasted vegetables, and the colour is cheery in the midst of winter.
Are you after more Pomegranate recipes? Try Pomegranate Salsa, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, Pomegranate Molasses, and Pomegranate and Banana Coconut Salad.
You might like to browse all of our Pomegranate recipes here. Check out a range of ways you can preserve in Autumn for Winter eating. Or enjoy our Early Winter recipes.
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India knows the secrets of yoghurt used in dishes that are used as a salad might be used outside of India. Yoghurt is mixed with vegetables and spices and the dish accompanies the meal to add nutrition, cool the heat of spices and add a creamy texture to the meal.
Here we take the idea and create a Western salad with a yoghurt base. I am sure that you will enjoy it. The salad makes a great addition to BBQs.
It is quite a tart salad, and so goes well with dishes that look for something tart to cut through their flavours – fried dishes, perhaps. But most of all, I love it with a rice dish, a pulao for example. Or for a simple lunch, just with some hot rice mixed with ghee.
Are you looking for Yoghurt dishes? Try Beetroot with Yoghurt Tahini Dressing, Sweet and Sour Mango Yoghurt Curry, and How to Make Thick Thick Yoghurt.
Or perhaps you are after Celery dishes. Try Quick Pickled Celery with Chilli, Spicy Celery Salad, Simple Celery Salads, and Pear, Celery and Fennel Salad.
You can also browse all of our Yoghurt dishes, and all of our Celery dishes. All of our Salads are here. Or simply explore our Mid Autumn dishes.
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Sometimes the mornings are rushed, but I still insist on my salad each day, at least until the winter arrives in full force. So I take what I can from the fridge, and some mayo that I made the night before (good thinking!) and a simple salad is born.
Eating a salad a day makes a difference to your life. Trust me.
Are you after other Tomato Salads? Try Marinated Zucchini and Tomato Salad, Tomato and Strawberry Salad, and Kachumber.
Or try some of our other Salads – Spicy Celery Salad, Green Salad with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemon, and Jicama, Red Radish and Green Mango Salad.
Why not browse all of our Tomato Salads, indeed explore all of our Salads. Or simple spend some time with out Mid Autumn Recipes.
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Beetroot is back on the menu, our earthy flavoured friend. In this salad, the beets are grated and mixed with a classic yoghurt and tahini dressing. To keep up the Middle Eastern theme, we add some za’atar.
This is a perfect Autumn Salad, although it does work really well in all other seasons. I love it in Autumn because we are moving from the cool blue colours of Summer into the oranges, golds, reds and crimsons of Autumn. It seems to fit well somehow.
If you are interested in other Beetroot Salads, try Beetroot, Orange and Olive Salad, Beetroot with Honey Dressing, Raw Beetroot and Herb Salad, and Warm Beetroot and Carrot Salad with Indian Spices.
Or try other Beetroot Recipes – Beetroot Risotto, Beetroot Fry and Beetroot Halwa.
Otherwise, have a look at all of our Beetroot Salads and all of our Salads. You can have a look at all of the other Beetroot recipes too. Or browse our Early Autumn dishes.
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If you soak and cook some chickpeas and keep them in the freezer, you always have chickpeas for recipes that take your fancy. Or when you cook some, cook twice as many and then use them over the following week in salads, pasta sauces, bakes and other dishes.
Chickpeas are great in salads, and this is a simple, easy salad with celery and carrot – two ingredients usually in your fridge. The dressing has a bit of spice with the use of curry powder. I usually keep some Malay Curry Powder in the cupboards, for use in Malaysian dishes. If you don’t have a generic curry powder, use garam masala.
Have a look at some other Chickpea recipes: Glorious Five Bean Salad, Chickpea Tabbouleh, or Chickpea Sundal. You can also make Baked Chickpeas as a snack.
Are you looking for some Carrot Salads? Have a look at Mung Bean and Baked Carrot Salad, Carrot and Blueberry Salad, and Carrot Sambol.
If you are after all Carrot recipes, look here, here for all Celery recipes, and here for all Chickpea recipes.
All of our various Salads are available here, or simply explore our Mid Summer dishes.
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Summer is a delightful season for salads, and we should not resist playing with herbs and vegetables and fruits to create exciting combinations and exquisite dressings. This recipe is a salad that brings contrasting textures and a super vinaigrette. It is a Mushroom-Carrot Salad that exhibits gingery overtones via the perfect dressing
Similar recipes for Mushrooms that you might like – try Mushrooms a la Grecque, Caramelised Oyster Mushrooms, and Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ/Grill. You can check out our Mushroom Salads here.
If you are looking for Carrot Recipes, try Mung Bean and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Salad, and Carrot Thoran. You can check out all of our Carrot Salads here.
Browse all of our Carrot recipes here and here, all of our Mushroom 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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This is incredibly delicious. Even if you are not a tofu eater, this dish will convert you. Who could not love deep fried tofu with peanuts? The sauce is divine.
We have been making this since around 2002, so quite a while. It is a Thai style dish, simple in its construction and flavours, but that very simplicity gives it a punchy flavour. It is a perfect light lunch with a salad, or a mid afternoon snack when dinner is still a long way off.
The act of deep frying the tofu changes the nature of it, from something bland and lacking much texture, to a beautiful textural addition to other dishes or on it own.
You might also like our Tofu recipes here and here. Our Deep Fried Tofu recipes are here. Or you might like to browse SE Asian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Spring recipes here and here. Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series – beautiful vegetarian recipes from our first blog 1995 – 2005.
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Beautiful Beetroot, roasted, and dressed with herbs
Beetroot is a great vegetable, and baby beets are sweet and tender. This recipe treats them minimally. You can use baby beets or larger, medium sized ones.
The inspiration for this dish came from Turquoise by Greg Malouf. I recommend this cookbook of Turkish recipes. It is beautiful.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Raw Beetroot and Herb Salad, Beetroot, Orange and Olive Salad, and Beetroot with Honey Dressing.
Feel free to browse other recipes from Turquoise. You might also like our Beetroot recipes. Or you might like to browse Salad recipes too. Check out our easy Mid Spring recipes here.
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Easy to make, delicious in taste and healthy as well.
You can’t help but look at this colourful salad and think of roughage, with all that cabbage and crunchy radish. How healthy! This salad is a surprising combination that works extremely well, and a lovely spicy peanut dressing that has many uses beyond this salad.
Are you looking for Cabbage recipes? Try Chilli Cabbage, Simple Cabbage Thoran, and Kimchi.
You can browse all of our Cabbage Recipes or our extensive collection of Salad recipes. Or you might like to explore our Mid Autumn recipes.
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Fennel and Pears come into their own in Autumn.
Autumn brings such delightfulness in the month or two before winter sets in. Fennel comes into its own, and Nashi pears arrive. Tomatoes are delightful in the less intense heat. Fronds of mint wave in the breeze, as does lemon verbena and other herbs. I do love autumn.
This is a delightful salad that can be part of a meal, or form lunch on its own with a piece of Lebanese flatbread or pita bread.
Are you after other Fennel Salads? Try Fennel, Potato and Tomato Salad with Garlicky Mayo, Fennel and Apple Salad and Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella. Also try Fennel a la Grecque.
You might like to browse our other Salads, and all of our Fennel recipes. Read about Panch Phoron here. Or explore our Early Winter dishes.
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As I write it is a quiet Autumn morning – the first day of Autumn and it feels peaceful.
Figs come into their own at this time. So delicate, I only bring 3 or 4 home with me at a time, and we eat them one at a time. A delicate thing needs delicate treatment.
For this salad, you can make your own nut butter, or purchase from a good providore or grocer.
Are you looking for fig recipes? You might like to try Figs with Rosewater and Almonds, Fig Salad with Blue Cheese, Fig and Pecorino Salad, and Fig and Almond Salad.
Browse all of the Fig recipes here. Find out how to make Nut Butters here. Or explore our Mid Autumn recipes.
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This is a salad to wake you up and enliven your senses. Fueled with chilli, then the heat is softened (a little) with herbs and crunchy ingredients, and then it is dressed with Asian ingredients.
This is a salad to wake you up and enliven your senses. Fueled with chilli, then the heat is softened (a little) with herbs and crunchy ingredients, and then it is dressed with Asian ingredients. Better than coffee, you will be full of energy in no time! 😀😘
You might also like to try Peaches with Asian Flavours, Caramelised, Marinated King Oyster Mushrooms, or Sprouted Mung Bean Sundal/Salad. Browse our Carrot Salads here, and Salads here and here. Be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.
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Ginger and a little sweetness makes a beautiful dressing for this dark King of Vegetables
This dressing with the honey and ginger really heightens the taste of the beets. Cook the beets early and allow them to marinate in the dressing until dinner time.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Raw Beetroot and Herb Salad, Beetroot and Carrot Salad, and Warm Beetroot and Carrot Salad with Indian Spices.
You might also like to try Beetroot Halwa, Baked Beetroot, and Beetroot Fry.
All of the beetroot recipes are here. Browse all of our Salad recipes too. Some interesting facts on beetroot are here. Or explore our Late Summer recipe collection.
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