This is another massive salad made for a family meal with my Mum, Dad, brother & sister. This enormous salad bowl (approx 50cm diameter) was a Christmas present from my brother – meant to put all salad ingredients in, then toss & put in a more suitable bowl for the table but of course, this bowl has already ended up on the table almost every night since Christmas!
INGREDIENTS – feel free to make up your own proportions, this is just an ingredient combination which worked well. Half block haloumi (you can buy from Coles or Woolworths) 1 medium sweet potato, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into semi-circular pieces 20 green beans, cut in half, then steamed for 2 minutes 6 asparagus stalks, steamed for 2-4 minutes 1 handful mint 1 handful parsley 4-5 cups mixed lettuce of your choice
METHOD 1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius 2. Throw sweet potato on an oven tray & drizzle w olive oil then set the timer for 45 minutes. 3. steam the asparagus for 2-4 minutes, then let it cool 4. steam the beans for 2-4 minutes, then let them cool 5. once you have removed the sweet potato from the oven, let it cool slighltly while pan-frying the haloumi (this needs to be the last ingredient in) 6. throw all ingredients in a big salad bowl, top w haloumi & sprinkle over the mint & parsley. Serve immediately!
My Mum & I have been making variations on this salad for about 10 years now. Yes, it contains gluten but still tastes light. It works with any greens, especially snow peas, asparagus & zucchini.
INGREDIENTS 1 cup couscous – pour 1.5 cups boiling water over couscous in a heat proof bowl & sit a plate over the top to keep heat in1 medium sweet potato, cut into cubes 1 tspn cumin 1 tspn cinnamon 1 rosemary twig 1 cup silverbeet 1/2 cup basil leaves **optional: dried chilli flakes x 1 teaspoon
METHOD 1. Heat oven to 180 degrees 2. Throw sweet potato cubes in the oven & set the timer for 45 minutes 3. boil the kettle then pour 1.5 cups boiled water onto 1 cup couscous & leave to absorb. 4. Wash the silverbeet, then roughly chop. Turn on the stove & throw silverbeet into a hot frying pan. The water from washing sould be sufficient (no need to add more water). Stir constantly until wilted then remove from heat. 5. in a large mixing bowl, stir couscous, silverbeet, roast sweet potato 6. top with fresh basil leaves
My younger sister has left today to go back to her home of the last 3 years – London. Every time she comes to Sydney, I tend to party more than I normally would (let’s face it, I’m a working Mum of a 2 1/2yr old & 4 yr old), go to bed later, drink a little more, expose myself to the sun more, & generally stretch myself thin (metaphorically, definitely not physically). There have been many a family meal enjoyed over the last few weeks, but thankfully my Mum is not only an amazing cook, but also LOVES salad & is part of a community garden which produces amazing fresh vegetables, just round the corner from her house.
INGREDIENTS 1/2 small red cabbage 2 organic carrots handful parsley
DRESSING INGREDIENTS 3 tbspns olive oil 1 tbspns Apple Cider Vinegar – I use Bragg’s (purchase at Wholefoods house, Woollahra) 1 tbspn rice malt syrup (you can use honey if you are not following a fructose-free or vegan diet) **optional: as per 99% of my recipes, chilli is an additional ingredient that adds another element to every dish. It may just happen to be that we also have a chilli plant that is producing a never-ending supply of chillis!
A NOTE ON CHILLI: I pick the chillis once they become red & leave them in a shallow bowl on the window sill to slow-dry them. Of course you can serve chilli fresh in all these dishes.
METHOD 1. I used the grater attachment on my food processor to grate the carrots, but of course do by hand if easier 2. Using a slightly wider attachment, shred the red cabbage 3. Throw carrot & cabbage in a bowl together & mix with hands 4. Mix all dressing ingredients together 5. tip dressing over the top & mix up using hands 6. Top w parsley **a great alternative dressing is a sugar-free mayonnaise – the inspiring team at I Quit Sugar has a recipe which I can’t wait to try – you can find it here: http://www.iquitsugar.com/recipe/homemade-mayonnaise/