I admit it. I have had an aversion to broad beans since childhood. We seem to have grown them by the bushel as I was growing up, and we ate them with every meal, often in their pods, boiled and boiled and boiled. Over the ensuing years I have tried to fall in love with them. I have even grown them myself. But that taste, and the childhood associations would not go away.
This year, with a wonderful Italian green grocery near me, I resolved to try again. Putting a lot of effort into treating them properly, I double peeled them while watching TV in the evenings, ready to work with them in the morning.
The efforts have been rewarded. I am now loving these wonderful, short-seasoned beans. I will be quite sad when their season is over (but I have discovered that frozen broad beans are available, and they are particularly good).
Are you looking for similar Broad Bean recipes? Try Glorious Five Bean Salad, and Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread.
Browse all of our Broad Bean dishes, and our Tomato Salads. Or browse all of our Salad recipes. Or take some time to explore all of our Mid Spring dishes.
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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.
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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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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After years of not using mayonnaise in my salads (I don’t eat eggs so don’t make my own and don’t love it enough to buy it), I whipped up my Mother’s very retro eggless mayo that she always made with a can on condensed milk, white vinegar and mustard (or other flavouring).
Now we have a couple of salads that use mayo – A Quick Tomato Salad with Mustardy Mayo, and today’s salad which is sort of a wild variation on Salade Niçoise.
Are you after other Tomato Salads? Try Artichoke Hearts and Feta Salad with Tomatoes, Tomato Salad with Balsamic and Majoram, and Tomato Salad with Parsley Oil.
Or perhaps Fennel Salads? Try Fennel Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, Fennel Salad with Fresh Prunes, and Nashi Pear, Celery and Fennel Salad with Panch Phoron Crunch.
Or are you after just Salads? Try Onion Salad with Sesame Oil, Green Salad with Chickpeas, Preserved Lemon and Feta, and Vermicelli 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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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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Zucchini takes extremely well to marination, particularly with Mediterranean flavours such as garlic, olive oil, oregano. Mix them up and leave for 30 mins – 1 hour, then serve. You can mix them with Bocconcini, for example, or, like this recipe, with some beautiful tomatoes. Fresh, young zucchini has the most glorious texture.
I have used small cherry tomatoes here, but use any tomatoes you have – halving or slicing them depending on the size. I like to mix green, semi ripe and ripe tomatoes as it gives variation in flavours, but this is probably only possible if you or your best friend grow your own tomatoes. Green tomatoes are difficult to find these days, yet I love them.
Throw in a small zucchini flower or two if you have them.
Are you looking for other Tomato Salads? Try Artichoke Hearts with Tomatoes Salad, My Mother’s Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Creamy Dressing, and the very red Tomato and Pomegranate Salad.
Or are Zucchini dishes your preference? Try Zucchini Preserved in Oil with Mint, Chilli and Garlic, Zucchini Rice, Zucchini Fry, and Poached with Other Vegetables in Wine.
All of our Salads are here for you to browse. Or just our Tomato Salads. All Tomato Recipes can be seen here. Browse our Zucchini Recipes or trawl through our Late Summer collection of dishes.
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The Autumn glut of tomatoes sees me finding ways to use them, as well as popping as many as I can into the freezer. Although the weather is cooler in the mornings and evenings, salads are still on our home menu each day. Sometimes they are snacks, perhaps with some flatbread, sometimes they accompany a meal, sometimes they are the meal.
A quick salad this morning with sweet vine-ripened tomatoes fresh from the garden, tossed together with some green olives. Divine, the tang of the olives against the sweet tomatoes.
Are you after other Tomato Salads? Try Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, Chilli and Lime, Bok Choy with Tomatoes and Capers, and Warm Tomato Salad.
Why not browse all of our Tomato Salads, indeed, all of our MANY Salads. I am sure you will find inspiration. Or have a look at our general Tomato recipes and our Olive recipes. Or take some time to explore our Early Autumn dishes.
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A Salad with the tastes of Mexico
What to do with left over flatbread or roti, no longer near its prime, but not yet ready to be allocated to the bin? Ah, I have the answer for you. Crisp it up in the oven and turn it into a wonderful, mexican influenced salad.
Those organic corn chips can be used in this salad too – the ones without added flavourings. They are perfect. Also corn tortillas, crisped in the oven.
While you are at it, crisp up a lot of the flatbread, rotis or tortillas. They are excellent with cheese or dips. Very crispy and crunchy.
You will love this salad. Feel free to browse our other Salad recipes here and here. We have a lot, so if you just want Tomato Salad recipes they are here. This is a salad inspired by Bittman – have a look at his other superb salads. Or simply explore our easy Summer recipes here and here.
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Artichokes are not something that appear in this house very often, except perhaps as decorations – they look so good, right? Truth be told, I am a bit too lazy to do the work to prepare and cook them. While the taste of fresh ones must be superior, I have turned to grilled hearts from the deli section of the supermarket for this salad. You can also use canned. Hearts are available in jars and cans in supermarkets. After all, we all turn to canned beans and lentils very occasionally, even though freshly soaked and cooked tastes infinitely better. So, today, against my preference for limiting processed foods, I am rebelliously Ok’ing that can or jar of artichoke hearts for this recipe if you can’t get the grilled ones from the deli section. Sometimes you can also find frozen ones, and you could grill them yourself.
Are you looking for other salads? Can we suggest Easy White Bean Salad, Du Puy Lentils with Feta and Tomato, and Fennel Salad with Fresh Prunes?
You can browse all of our Salads here. Or just check the Bittman Salads. We have some Feta recipes. Or simply browse our easy Mid Summer recipes.
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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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Another delicious tomato salad.
You can never have too many tomato salads, and this one too epitomises Summer. The play of strawberries against tomatoes, the tartness of balsamic and the saltiness of parmesan is a surprisingly wonderful combination. Moreover, it is so very easy to throw this salad together. Fresh basil from the garden, even pick your own strawberries and tomatoes if you can, for a divine salad for lazy lunches.
You can browse all of our Tomato Salads here. You might really like Hot Tomato Salad, Tomato and Peach Salad and Tomato and Pomegranate Salad. Or explore all of our Salad recipes here and here. We also have Strawberry recipes here and here. Or maybe, just take some leisurely time over our Mid Summer collection.
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An Asian twist on a Tomato Salad
Quick to make, this salad is perfect even for a mid morning snack on a warm day. Great for picnics, easily transportable and very delicious.
You might like to browse Bittman Salads, Tomato Salads, or the complete Salad collection here and here. Or perhaps it is Tomatoes (and here) that you are after.
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Grounding our salads for cooler weather, heading into Autumn
As Summer wanes, we turn more to the harder herbs in our salads. Tarragon, Marjoram, Oregano, Sage. They add a substance, a groundedness to our salads that is not provided by basil, coriander, mint, parsley (well maybe parsley).
I have often wondered why English recipes, for example, as good as modern English cooking is, prefer to use the harder herbs all summer, and I conclude that it is their weather – much cooler there than our blistering 45C days in Summer. But as Autumn approaches, we can take a leaf from our English cousins and introduce the harder herbs. Judiciously, of course. One cannot use them with the free abandon that we use green coriander, parsley and basil. The tastes are much harder, a little astringent, more – well, more wintery if truth be told. You can tell that they are leading the way into the colder weather, where we will use bay and juniper berries and black cardamom.
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Fresh Mozzarella balls, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and pomegranate are always a perfect combination.
There is a great salad that I make which consists of torn mozzarella balls, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, tomatoes, cucumber, pomegranate seeds when I can get them. It is easy, quick and very satisfying and it more often than not will form a complete meal for me. This is a twist on that salad.
You might also like to try Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella. All the Mozzarella recipes are here. And Salad recipes are here and here. Or find some inspiration in the Summer recipes here and here.
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From Plenty More, Ottolenghi comes up with a cracker tomato salad with hints of the Middle East.
Who can go past a tomato salad in late summer or autumn when the tomatoes are the sweetest and juiciest? And to celebrate the arrival of Autumn and it’s change in colours, Ottolenghi has this cheery bright red salad that combines the sweetness of the tomatoes with the sour-sweetness of the pomegranates.
The salad is best made in Autumn when the pomegranates come into season.
Are you after Pomegranate recipes? Why not make your own Pomegranate Molasses and Pomegranate Honey. Or try Green Olive, Walnut, Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad, Semi Dried Tomatoes with Pomegranate Molasses, and Crab Apple and Pomegranate Jelly.
You might want to try these Salads as well: Bok Choy with Capers and Tomatoes, the Best Tomato Salad Recipe, Simple Salads from Elizabeth David, and Tomato Paella. We adore a simple tomato salad, and my mother’s German tomato and cucumber salad with cream.
All of our Tomato Salads are here and all of our Pomegranate dishes here. Or browse all of our Salads. Alternatively, browse all of our Mid Autumn dishes.
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