Another Fruity Salad

June 15, 2010

So after the success of the blueberries and pomegranate salads I really wanted to try strawberries in a salad. I had a quick dig around and found a Jamie Oliver recipe that was perfect!

I used some parma ham, baby salad leaves, strawberries, fresh mint, fresh basil and dressed with some olive oil and balsamic glaze…

I chucked in some asparagus as well… I try to use asparagus as much as possible when it’s in season, it’s so good and doesn’t last very long.

Plus some dry-fried halloumi on top…

The finished salad was so good, I hope you try it… don’t forget the mint and basil they really make it!

Finish with a little salt and a lot of pepper (to taste)

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4 slices parma ham
5/6 large strawberries per person
3/4 slices halloumi per person
1 handful fresh basil leaves
1 handful fresh mint leaves
good handfuls of salad leaves
olive oil
balsamic glaze
asparagus spears

I also added some sweet potato chips as I was very hungry but you really don’t need to.

To make these all you need to do is chop your sweet potato into chips, drizzle some olive oil over, sprinkle with lots of sea salt and black pepper then some dried chilli flakes and lots of paprika, tasty and very healthy!

P.s. Goats cheese works well too, I had that for my lunch today, Yum

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This is another salad that has gone down well with the Boy. It’s very simple and the only thing that requires time is the sweet potato, everything takes minutes.

For 2 people (large salad) or 3 (a starter size)
1 large sweet potato
1 block halloumi
salad leaves
10 spears asparagus
pomegranate seeds

1. Cut into chunks and roast the sweet potato for about 30 minutes, with some sea salt, black pepper, paprika and dried chilli sprinkled

2. When almost done, steam the asparagus for 3 minutes, and fry/grill the halloumi for as long as it takes to cook 2-3 minutes each side)

3. Mix the salad leaves (and any extras you want to add – like cherry tomatoes) in a large bowl with some olive oil, cut the asparagus into bite size pieces, add the sweet potato and arrange in a bowl or on a plate.

4. Pile the halloumi on top and sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, finally drizzle some balsamic reduction or vinegar over the top

This was so good that when I was visiting my uni friends who were very hungry and asked me to pick them some food up on my way over, I said I would make them something … and they loved it!

I had to improvise as they had no balsamic but some lime juice, oil and pepper worked very well.

Got the thumbs up from them too!

10 Minute Dinner

June 11, 2010

Last night I made a very healthy yummy dinner that took just 10 minutes… the following is for 2 people

1 salmon fillet
2 portions linguine
1 lemon
2 portions asparagus (as little or as many as you want)
2 portions cherry tomatoes (as little or as many as you want)
half fat crème fraiche 

First boil some water and cook your pasta, I like my al dente so only cooked for about 7 minutes but this can take up to 10 as well, at the same time pop the salmon in the oven at 180C for about 10 minutes (this will vary depending on your oven), you could also poach or grill the salmon.

I sprayed it with a little olive oil and cracked some seat salt and black pepper over the top.

Then zest your lemon and add to about half a small pot of crème fraiche depending on your taste (whether you want a thin coating or lots of sauce), juice half of the lemon and add this as well, then crack some seat salt and black pepper into it to taste.

Steam your asparagus for 3 minutes to keep it nice and crunchy then cut into 1 inch piece, then half your cherry tomatoes and mix it all together, maybe heat for 2 minutes and serve!