At this time of the year I love to make salads for meals. When it’s hot and you don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen (which is all the time for me haha!), a quick throw together summer salad makes a delicious meal or accompaniment for the BBQ. In my opinion, key to a good salad is both a mixture of textures, flavours and colours. Think crunch from cabbage or nuts and seeds, sweetness from fruit, colour from brightly coloured vegetables and the saltiness of feta or halloumi. Mixing together a few of these different tastes and textures makes for a delicious meal.
Here’s some of my favourite combinations that have been getting great reviews.
Rice and quinoa salad with halloumi and summer roast vegetables
This has been one of my favourite dishes this Summer (except I’ve had to cut the halloumi out for reasons I’ll explain later – boooo!). I’ve had lots of rave reviews including this comment on my blog. Click here for the recipe.
This was delicious. Made my own modifications to the oven roasted vegetables and the dressing made with honey rather than pomegranate. But even my anti- vegetarian dishes husband ate this as a main meal!
Citrus Chicken Salad
Fresh, fruity and delicious is how I’d describe this summer salad. I like to add some cooked kumara to make a filling, nourishing lunch or dinner. Check out the recipe here.
Brown Rice Salad with Broccoli, Cranberry and Almond
Getting your five plus a day be a totally delicious experience and this brown rice salad with broccoli, cranberry and almonds certainly fits into that category. Cranberries pair really well with the broccoli and almond and add a nice touch of sweetness to the salad.
You can find the recipe here.
Roasted pumpkin, spinach & chickpea salad with halloumi
When I make roast vegetables, I always try to do some extras for leftovers. This is a salad I make when pumpkin is in season. The salad is a good source of fibre and it provides protein to help keep you feeling satisfied. Click here for the recipe.