It would be safe to say that I consume salads every single day.
Before you cast me off as crazy, allow me to share that these are certainly not your average salads.
Years (and years) ago, I remember discovering salads as I now know them for the first time. And for one very clear reason.
Fast. Simple. Easy.
Skills, techniques and flavours have evolved sure though that same philosophy still very much stands.
Eating vibrant food and doing it with minimal fuss and time because really, 'ain't nobody got time for that!'
When I talk salads - they could take on a variety of meanings.
Those to consume as a meal, those to share with others (people and meals), as sides or with simple protein additions.
In my opinion, this one is a salad to serve with other meals (and people!)
I'm envisioning a long table of luscious food and in place of the boring steamed vegetables, this plate of heaven.
This recipe makes the most of the gorgeous produce and allows it to really shine. Simple ingredients, combined thoughtfully for interesting textures and delicious results!
- 1 punnet cherry toms
- 1 medium red capsicum
- 1 medium cucumber
- 2 generous tablespoons fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Fresh chilli (optional)
- Wash all vegetables
- Halve tomatoes
- Chop capsicum and cucumber
- Finely chop basil
- Peel or grate cheese
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Coat well with oil and balsamic
- Season to taste
- Add optional fresh, sliced chilli
- Serve and enjoy
Make it in a flash, enjoy it solo (I like it with a couple of hard boiled eggs) or take it along to your next BBQ/picnic.
Bottom line is make it and enjoy how delicious and nutritious, simple can really be.
Remember to spread the love and share this recipe with a friend. Fair's fair right?
And if you're looking for more salad inspiration, did you know that I have an entire book dedicated to the subject? One that will have you looking at salads in an entirely new way! You can find it here.