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Celery root, carrot and apple salad

Celery apple carrot salad

A few months ago, my food processor broke down and I had to buy a new one. Since then, every time I use my new food processor I always want to give myself a congratulatory pat on the back for choosing this one, because it is so amazing. The first time I used it, I threw all kinds of fruits and veggies in there just to test how long it would take to chop everything into teeny tiny pieces – mostly just a few seconds! Since then, I use my food processor almost every other day – it’s just so easy to just use it instead of grating carrots or other hard veggies by hand.

One of the dishes that are much less time consuming to prepare with my little kitchen helper is this tasty salad. Instead of grating the celery root, apple and carrots by hand, you can just throw everything in a food processor and Tadaa! Instant salad! (Though you can of course also grate the ingredients by hand.) Just make sure to process the apple on it’s own, as it will turn to mush if you process it with the harder vegetables. This salad works great as a main course, and you can also easily transport it to uni or to work as it’s keeps fresh and crisp for a few hours even without a fridge. Just give it a try!  Continue reading

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Roasted asparagus salad with wild rocket and balsamic-braised nectarines

roasted asparagus salad with wild rocket and braised nectarines

If I had to pick a favourite season, it would most definitely be spring: not just because you can finally have outdoor-events without freezing your nose of again, but also because a whole lot of delicious fruits and vegetables are in season – just like asparagus. I am especially a fan of green asparagus with its savoury yet mild flavour that works perfectly in a wide range of dishes. This salad is a perfect quick lunch or dinner that you can prepare in less than 15 minutes – and you won’t even have to prepare the dressing for it! The oil from roasting the asparagus and the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar from the braised nectarines will combine to a perfectly delicious dressing that will have you wanting to lick your plate clean. (Believe me, I’ve been there.) You can of course swap a peach for the nectarine – I just used what I could get at my local market.  Continue reading

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Napa cabbage salad with nuts and fruits

Napa cabbage salad with fruits and nuts

Winter is cabbage season – the vegetable section in every supermarket are bursting at the seams with  with red and white cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. And with a little luck, you can also get you hands on some more exotic kinds – like Napa cabbage, which also goes by celery cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Chinese Leaf or Wong Bok. It has a lovely, mild cabbage flavour and crunchy, yet soft leaves, so unlike some other cabbage kinds, you can also enjoy it raw. I used it to make a delicious, savoury but sweet salad with apples and cranberries, topped with a few nuts for some extra crunch. You can also use different fruits – I was thinking raisins and braised apricots – to adjust the salad to your liking. Continue reading

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Eat your greens: Potato salad with thyme and broccoli

potato salad with broccoli and thyme

Potato salad is a hazard for you daily calorie count? Not this one! Instead of mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise alternatives, I used light soy joghurt mixed with a little soy cream for a light but still delicious dressing – trust me, you won’t miss anything. I also added one of my favourite vegetables – broccoli! It’s available pretty much all year round, easy to prepare and only needs to be simmered for about five minutes – perfect even for lazy people! (Not that I am ever lazy – ok, fine, I am.)

The young potatoes and broccoli work great together, and the light thyme dressing adds the perfect creamy yet savoury flavour you want in a potato salad. Even without mayonnaise! One last point: Depending on the brand of soy joghurt you use, you might want to add a little more lemon juice than I recommend in this recipe – sadly, some brands still add quite a bit of sugar to their soy products and you will need to balance this out with something sour. Just see what works best for you! Continue reading

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Fennel salad with orange mustard dressing

fennel salad with orange mustard dressing

What to do if it’s Sunday evening, all shops closed, and your fridge is frighteningly empty? Get creative with whatever is left in there. Which in my case, was a sad lone fennel in the vegetable drawer. (I may or may not be a little exaggerating about this.) I know fennel has a quite, well, distinct flavour that not everyone likes, but I assure you that even fennel sceptics will love this salad! To make up for my lack of other vegetables to go with this dish, I prepared a delicious orange-mustard dressing that will get you addicted with your first bite. The result was a very tasty, slightly sour and sweet crisp salad with just the right blend of fennel and orange-mustard flavour. Give it a try! Continue reading

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Spicy chickpea salad with wild rocket and dried tomatoes

chickpea salad wth wild rocket

Summer has finally arrived and with the long hot days, my motivtion to actually cook something has magically disappeared – mainly because I don’t want my flat to get any hotter than it already is. So cold food it is! Light summer salads are a just perfect for this weather, you have all your ingredients in you fridge or pantry an need no more than 5 minutes to create a crisp and delicious meal. This salad here is actualy a bit more filling, so you can also pack it for uni or your job and don’t need any additional bread or anything. The chickpeas and dried tomatoes are simply a great combination, and addding wild rocket just gives it a nice, fresh crunsh. I went for a quite spicy dressing based on harrisa for this, so it is a nice change from any oil- or yoghurt-based salads. Just be careful not to add to much harissa, or you salad will end up far from being cool… Continue reading

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Blueberry walnut salad with feta

I have to admit, I am not a big fan of plain lettuce salads – I always add cucumbers or tomatoes or ball pepper or mushrooms or  – whatever I find in my fridge really. But berries are also a great way to jazz up some plain lettuce. This recipe combines lettuce with blueberries, walnuts and a topping of feta cheese.  Continue reading

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