There is nothing quite like a cooling salad to refresh your senses during the summer. Rather than tucking into a hot dinner, salads are a great way of cooling your body temperate down as well as getting in loads of vitamins and minerals that will make you feel rejuvenated.
What's more, with the amazing variety of herbs and spices available, you can jazz up salads to be extremely tasty and exciting and even make a meal of them by serving them with rice or bread. We have put together two recipes for sweet and savoury salad ideas to get you started.
We all love the taste of fresh fruit, but in a fruit salad we can add a sprinkling of icing sugar on the fruit for extra sweetness. Instead, why not try using a healthier option such as stevia which is a natural sweetener from plants or to give your fruit salad a spicy kick, add some Chaat Masala!
Here is a recipe for a simple fruit salad that combines the sweetness of mangoes and bananas with the vibrant colours of strawberries and kiwi fruit. Of course you can add or take out any fruits that you desire, such as blueberries, raspberries, or even chunks of tropical papaya.
1 Kiwi fruit
A handful of strawberries
2 tbsp Freshly squeezed orange juice
1. Peel and chop the banana and apple and add it to a serving bowl.
2. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin of the mango and kiwi fruit and cut the mango and peach flesh off the stones.
3. Slice the mango, kiwi fruit and peaches in to thin pieces and add them to the bowl.
4. Chop some of the strawberries to add to the fruit salad and leave a few to cut in half and place on top to decorate.
5. Finally, pour the orange juice over the fruit to give it all a tangy touch.
You would be amazed at the difference a handful of fresh herbs makes to any salad, chopped finely to release the maximum amount of flavour. Here is a recipe for a potato salad with Mediterranean flavours and the subtle kick of Turkish Urfa pepper flakes. Modify it to your own liking by adding other salad vegetables such as cucumber and red onions or even throw in some nuts for an extra protein punch.
Half red cabbage
3 Potatoes (peeled and cooked)
2 Red Capia peppers (roasted)
A bunch of Parsley
A handful of fresh Mint
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tbsp Pomegranate molasses
1 tsp Urfa biber (Pepper flakes)
1 tsp Salt
1. Dice the cooked potatoes and put them in a large serving bowl.
2. Slice the peppers down the middle to remove the seeds and dice them.
3. Either with a knife or a food processor, slice the red cabbage in to thin strips.
4. Wash, remove the stems of the parsley and mint and finely chop them. Add it to the bowl with the peppers and red cabbage.
5. Pour the olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate molasses in to the salad and stir well, being careful not to mash the potatoes.
6. Finally mix the salt and urfa pepper in and enjoy your homemade Turkish salad.