Category Archives: Salads

#freekeh salad with cherries + mint + cashew nuts

#freekeh salad with cherries + mint + cashew nuts

Freekeh SaladFreekeh is young green wheat that has been toasted and cracked. It is utterly delicious with an earthy, nutty flavour – and has a fantastic bite to it. This salad is salty and sweet with a lovely sweet and sour dressing. You can replace the pomegranate syrup with pomegranate molasses. The fresh cherries are divine with the dish, but figs will also do the thing.

Greenwheat Freekeh can be ordered online at www.thereallyinterestingfoodcompany.com and is available nationwide at various Spars, delis and branches of the Wellness Warehouse.

Freekeh salad with cherries, mint and cashew nuts

200 g freekeh, cooked in salt water as per the packet instruction
2 spring onions, chopped
handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
handful of mint, chopped
15 fresh cherries, pitted and quartered
60 ml cashew nuts
Salad dressing
60 ml olive oil
60 ml pomegranate syrup
30 ml grape vinegar
salt
black pepper

Combine all the salad ingredients in a salad bowl. Mix the salad dressing ingredients together and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Dress the salad and tuck in.

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prawn + chicken skewers on the #braai – #ShareTheOriginal

prawn + chicken skewers on the #braai – #ShareTheOriginal

Chicken and Prawn Skewers

To celebrate a 100 years’ of Sedgwick’s Old Brown, I made summery prawn and chicken skewers – marinated overnight in a Sedgwick’s marinade. It was a delightful combo of flavours with the sweet marinade giving the skewered chicken and prawn a deep and enchanting taste. I also made a crunchy salad with a lovely dressing. The result… a perfectly, light yet satisfying summer lunch. Scrumptious, healthy and just irresistibly delicious.

The Original Sedgwick’s Old Brown has been part of the South African history and culture for a 100 years now. No, it’s not a ‘60’s thing or a 70’s thing… it is not something that just your folks used to enjoy. Ask your grandparents…I bet they will be able to tell you a Sedgwick’s story or two…and such stories go back generations to 1916. At that time World War I was going on; the light switch was invented and Albert Einstein completed his formulation of a general theory of relativity. Since 1916, The Original Sedgwick’s Old Brown has become part of our heritage.

#ShareTheOriginal

In my student days, come June every year, we made the trek to the Grahamstown Festival. And those who know the Eastern Cape … well June is freezing cold. We used to stay in tents on the outskirts of the town, in the evenings we huddled around the fire, old faithful Sedgwick’s kept the conversation going – and kept us warm at night. I remember the many hours we sat around the fire mesmerized by Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band and Johnny Clegg. We also could not stop talking about the talent of Paul Slabolepszy and Andrew Buckland. More often than not, the length and depth of those conversations, depended largely on how many bottles of Sedgwick’s we had… 🙂 Those were the days.

Sedgwick's Old Brown
Prawn and chicken skewers on the braai
Serves 6
18 prawns
500 g chicken, big chunks
Marinade
100 ml Sedgwick’s Old Brown
60 ml red wine vinegar
5 ml salt
1 garlic, grated
45 ml coriander, chopped
juice and grated peel of ½ lemon
2 pinches smoked paprika (optional – I just love the smokey flavour)
5 ml chilli flakes (optional – I also love a bit of a bite)
salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients for the marinade together and marinade the prawns and chicken for at least 4 hours. I left mine to marinade overnight. Thread chicken and prawns onto skewers (soak wooden skewers in water first to prevent scorching on a braai or grill), leaving a small gap between each piece for even cooking. Season with salt and pepper. Braai for about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the prawns have turned bright pink.

Crunchy vegetable salad

Serves 6
500 ml cabbage, sliced
2 large carrots, grated
200 g green beans, thinly sliced
200 g baby corn, thinly sliced
100 g unsalted cashews, crushed
2 spring onions, chopped diagonally
a large handful coriander, chopped
Salad dressing
30 ml sugar
30 ml Sedgwick’s Old Brown
45 ml vinegar
15 ml sesame oil
30 ml sunflower oil
15 ml soy sauce
1 red chilli, chopped

Chop and grate all the fresh ingredients. Mix all the salad dressing ingredients well. Mix everything together.

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trendy + sexy + healthy #potato #salad?

trendy + sexy + healthy #potato #salad?

Potato SaladOne of the biggest food trends over the past few year or so is ‘burnt’ or ‘ash’ food. Yep, you heard right. These terms are given to food that has been cooked on ash – or with ash (i.e. ash butter) and has sometimes a burnt or charred exterior. With this dish, I baked my potatoes first, then I flash burnt them over hot coals. A mixture of cottage cheese, lemon juice and fresh herbs gives this potato salad an austere and rather aristocratic look and flavour.

Flash braaied potato salad with fresh herbs
5 large potatoes
250 g fat free cottage cheese
30 ml chopped parsley
15 ml chopped dill
15 ml chopped basil
15 ml fresh lemon juice
extra virgin olive oil
salt
black pepper

Preheat oven to 180°C. Bake potatoes for an hour until cooked. On very hot coals flash burn the whole potatoes. Let the potatoes rest directly on the coals – turning occasionally. Mix the cottage cheese, parsley, dill, basil and lemon juice together and paint on a wooden board. Once the potatoes have cooled cut into chunks and place these on top of cottage cheese. Season with salt and pepper… and a splash of olive oil.

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easy #asparagus salad with parmesan cheese

easy #asparagus salad with parmesan cheese

Asparagus salad with parmesan
Cooking the asparagus
Just the other day I bought my first bunch of spring asparagus and quickly put together an asparagus salad. I never boil or steam very thin asparagus. If they are fresh and thin, I simply pour boiling water over the bunch and allow it stand for five to ten minutes. If you have large asparagus boil of steam them until soft. I then immediately plunge these beauties into an ice bath – the result: beautiful, bright, fresh green asparagus – with a scrumptious bite.

Making the salad
Scatter the asparagus on a wooden board and sprinkle with the best olive oil, some fresh lemon juice, roasted seeds and nuts… and to top it off,add finely grate Parmesan cheese. Season with Maldon salt and a few pinches of black pepper. And there you have it… a mouth-watering, seasonal spring salad for the soul.

How to keep your asparagus fresh
Trim the ends if necessary. Fill a jar with a bit of water. Store the asparagus upright in the container. Change the water when it gets cloudy.

Asparagus - keep fresh

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#guilt-free potato salad with edible flowers

#guilt-free potato salad with edible flowers

Potato Salad
I was asked to bring along a potato salad to a health conscious host the other night. I love my creamy mayonnaise but I had to come up with something delicious yet healthy for the braai. Thankfully (and lucky me), I had the new range cottage cheese products from Parmalat in my fridge. I mixed the plain fat free cottage cheese with some fat free yoghurt and used this as my dressing. To this I added some mint and lemon zest to give it a subtle yet lovely citrus flavour. I finished the dish with a sprinkling of edible flowers.

It was pretty and pretty delicious too.

Guilt-free potato salad with edible flowers
1 kg potatoes
salt
black pepper
250 g Parmalat plain fat free cottage cheese
250 g plain fat free yogurt
10 ml fresh mint, finely chopped
zest of ½ lemon
edible flowers

Gently boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, then drain well. Leave them to cool slightly, peel and cut into bite-sized chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the cottage cheese, yoghurt and 5 ml mint together and dress the potatoes. Sprinkle the other 5ml chopped mint and lemon zest over the salad. Finish the dish by topping it with edible flowers.

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#make your own #yoghurt

#make your own #yoghurt

Homemade yogurt

Homemade yoghurt is such an easy and satisfying DIY thing to do. The end product is so much better than the bought item and these days there is always a tub of thick homemade yoghurt in my fridge. This morning I scooped-out the fruit of two lovely granadillas that my sister-in-law gave me and mixed it with some silky creamy yoghurt. What a perfect and refreshing breakfast. This evening I am serving herbed yoghurt with lamb chops and green beans. Yum!

green beans with herbed yoghurt

green beans with herbed yoghurt

How to make your own yoghurt
All you need is good quality fresh milk and a few tablespoons of plain yoghurt to use as a starting culture. Bring the milk to 80°C or until bubbles form around the edges of the pot. Stir the milk occasionally. Remove the pot from heat and let it cool to 43°C or when you can stick your finger in for 10 seconds. Stir in the yoghurt and cover the pot with a lid. Wrap the pot with a large towel and let it sit in a nice hot place for 6-12 hours until the yoghurt is thick and tangy.

Make thick yoghurt
Regular yogurt contains a lot of liquid, so straining it makes it nice and thick. Place a layer of cheesecloth in a strainer and then place the strainer over a bowl making sure there is enough space in the bottom of the bowl to contain liquid. Pour yogurt into cheesecloth, cover with plastic wrap and let it strain for an hour or so in the fridge.

Make your own yoghurt

(Makes 1 litre of yoghurt)

1 litre of fresh full cream milk
60 ml natural yoghurt with live AB cultures

Bring the milk to 80 °C or until bubbles form around the edges of your pot. Stir the milk occasionally. Remove pot from heat and let it cool to 43 °C or when you can stick your finger in for 10 seconds. Stir in yoghurt and cover the pot with a lid. Wrap the pot with a large towel and let it sit for 6-12 hours in a hot spot until yoghurt is thick and tangy. The longer it sits, the thicker and tangier it will become. Spoon into sterilized containers and refrigerate.


Green beans with herbed yoghurt

300 g beans
15 ml olive oil
15 ml fresh lemon juice
salt
black pepper
250 ml homemade yoghurt
handful chopped fresh coriander
handful of fresh chopped parsley
fresh baguette

Cook the beans until tender and scoop in serving dish. Sprinkle with olive oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Mix yoghurt and herbs and season with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Serve beans and yoghurt with a fresh baguette.

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brown rice salad with green tabasco dressing

brown rice salad with green tabasco dressing

brown rice salad green with tobasco dressing

This is one of those easy toss together salads – but it delivers on all levels: taste, texture and flavour. I love the taste and the crunchiness of the brown rice and I’m completely addicted to baby marrow spaghetti. The avocado adds a lovely creaminess and the tabasco dressing adds a hint of heat that it needs.

brown rice salad with green tabasco dressing

500 ml cooked brown rice, cooled but not refrigerated
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 large handful of fresh herbs, finely chopped – coriander, basil and parsley
70 g baby marrow spaghetti (you can get this at Woolworths)
70 g cucumber, sliced
70 g tenderstem broccoli, blanched
1 green chilli , finely chopped (optional)
1 avocado, sliced
salt and black pepper

dressing
45 ml white wine vinegar
62.5 ml olive oil
10 ml green Tabasco
5 ml Dijon mustard
1.25 ml salt
large pinch of ground black pepper

Mix all the salad ingredients together, season with salt and pepper and spoon into a salad bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients well and sprinkle liberally with the Tabasco dressing.

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candy-striped #beetroot + apple #salad

candy-striped #beetroot + apple #salad

candy stirpe beetroot salad

I looovvvveee crunchy food and this salad is perfect for a hot summers day. It not only tastes fabulous but it looks spectacular too. Delicious and easy to make.

Candy-striped beetroot and apple salad with walnuts and basil
candy-striped beets (you don’t have to peel it)
apples, peeled and cored 

walnuts, chopped 

basil leaves

mandolin slicer
Dressing 

15 ml Dijon mustard

45 ml white sherry vinegar 

62.5 ml good olive oil 

2.5 ml salt 

large pinch black pepper 



Slice the beets and apples thinly with a mandolin slicer. Stack or arrange the beets and apples on a plate. Sprinkle chopped walnuts and torn basil on top. Mix the dressing ingredients well and sprinkle over the salad.

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kachumbari #salad

kachumbari #salad

On my recent travels to the island of Zanzibar, chef Prabhakar Kumar from the Diamonds La Gemma Dell’ Est Hotel, introduced me to the local Kachumbari salad. It is so simple that you might start thinking to yourself…so what is the big fuss? This scrumptious salad consists of onion, tomato, cucumber and carrot and is seasoned with lemon or lime and salt and pepper. But it’s the way that you cut your veggies that differentiates this from you normal run of the mill veggie salad. It must be cut with love into very fine thin slivers. Don’t discard the pips of the tomato or cucumber – use it all. This salad is a perfect accompaniment to poached fish.

Kachumbari salad

Kachumbari salad

Chef Prabhakar Kumar served poached fish on pilaf rice and a bit of kachumbari salad

Chef Prabhakar Kumar served poached fish on pilaf rice and a bit of kachumbari salad

Beautiful fresh fish poached in whole spices

Beautiful fresh fish poached in whole spices



Kachumbari salad

1 onion, halved and cut it into fine slivers
1 tomato, halved and cut it into fine slivers
½ cucumber, halved and cut it into fine slivers
1 carrot, julienned
10 ml lemon or lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Mix all the veggies together then add the lemon juice and salt + pepper.

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lettuce wedges with blue cheese dressing | #salad

lettuce wedges with blue cheese dressing | #salad

This time of the year for me is all about fresh, fast and simple food. But also food that still make your taste buds go … Pow-Wow! This absolutely scrumptious salad was mentioned to me by Kokkedoor 2 Winner, Johnny Hamman and I decided to make my own blue cheese dressing. Well needless to say my husband orders it at least once a week from my kitchen. It is summery and just simply splendid! Give it a bash…it is wow!

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you can replace the sour cream with yogurt like i did here

for a healthier option | replace the sour cream with yogurt like i did here

Lettuce wedges with blue cheese dressing

1 large iceberg lettuce , cut into six wedges
125 ml sour cream
3 T mayonnaise
2 t dijon mustard
1 T white wine vinegar
50 g good blue or gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
micro herbs

Combine all the dressing ingredients then scoop generously over the lettuce slices and garnish with micro herbs.

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grilled #nectarine salad

grilled #nectarine salad

Yesterday the sun was out, and I decided to make this most delicious grilled nectarine salad. The rocket and the edible flowers come out of my garden and seemed to be a perfect combination. In celebration of the onset of summer, I jazzed it up with a fennel dressing. Taste the summer season. Beautiful.
nectarine salad

Ingredients
3 medium yellow nectarines, halved with stone removed
1 T olive oil
1 t caster sugar
50 g baby rocket
4 bocconcini balls
Salt and pepper
Dressing
½ t salt
¼ t fennel seeds
¼ t chilli flakes
½ t finely grated lemon rind
2 T olive oil
1 T white balsamic vinegar
1 T lemon juice

Method
Combine salt, fennel seeds, chilli flakes and lemon rind in a snap-lock bag. Pound with a rolling pin until finely ground and fragrant (You can also use a pestle and mortar). Combine with the other dressing ingredients and set aside. Heat a griddle pan. Drizzle the cut side of the peach or nectarine with the olive oil. Sprinkle cut side with sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, cut-side down, for 3 minutes or until caramelised. Turn. Cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Transfer to a plate. Cut each of the fruits half in half. Set aside. Arrange rocket on a large plate. Tear each bocconcini ball into 2 pieces. Top rocket with the bocconcini balls. Top with the slices of griddled nectarine. Season with pepper. Whisk dressing and drizzle over the salad.

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warm #BLT salad with mozzarella + basil + red wine vinegar

warm #BLT salad with mozzarella + basil + red wine vinegar

This dish is inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who loves the combination of warm bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. I turned it into a salad by adding mozzarella, basil and vinegar. This is utterly delicious and with a good piece of bread makes a perfect meal for this in-between season time of year.

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Serves 4
Preparation and cooking time: 20 min

250 g bacon
1 T olive oil
400 g baby tomatoes, half some and keep some whole
3 gem lettuce heads, cut in half length-ways
1 T olive oil
2 T good red wine or sherry vinegar
150 g bocconcini (fresh mozzarella balls), torn into pieces
Handful of fresh basil
Maldon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and fry the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Set aside and keep warm. Put the tomato and lettuce in a bowl, add the other tablespoon of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss together. Add the lettuce and tomatoes into the bacon pan and fry for about 5 minutes until the lettuce halves are wilted and browned and the tomatoes are warmed through. Add the bacon and the two tablespoons of the vinegar for the last minute or two. Turn everything onto a flat salad dish – add the mozzarella and basil. Sprinkle with a bit more of the vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

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#healthy lunch box salad

#healthy lunch box salad

my whole life I wanted to be thinner

Anel Potgieter - Work Salad{my whole life i wanted to be thinner}
In matric I was a size 10, but I wanted to be an 8. In my student years I was a 12 but wanted to be a 10. As time went by, I found myself shopping for clothes in the “fuller figure” department. Such lovely words … “fuller figure”. It kind of makes you feel thinner. But perhaps more importantly, it makes you feel less alone. You actually feel part of the “fuller figure” society.

Over the years, I must have tried every diet under the sun. From the soup diet, low calorie diet, Weigh-Less, Weight Watchers to the diet shakes and the rest. I am also sure some of you can remember those over the counter diet tabs that made your heart beat at a thousand miles an hour?

funny-pics-weight-watchers-diet-pills{2014}
Well, it is now 2014 and I can with confidence announce that I have won my battle with weight. I may not thinner per se but I have won my psychological battle with weight . How did I do it, you may ask? It required a huge mind shift in order to correct the unhealthy relationship that existed between me and food. It took a journey of deep self-introspection to establish the link between my being and the food choices I had been making.

It was a very difficult and challenging journey of discovery to say the least, yet it was one of the most enriching detours of my life. I discovered that food needn’t be the crutch it always was. Food did not have to be my best friend. But most importantly, I discovered myself! A self-confidant, strong and successful woman. A woman that looked beautiful when she looked at herself in the mirror in spite of the extra kilo’s she carries.

{it’s all about pre-planning}
Today, I eat three balanced meals a day. I had to learn to be organised! Pre-planning here is the absolute key. One needs to know what you are going to eat, and when you are going to eat it. These days, I pack myself a healthy salad to work and the sprinkle it with the best red wine dressing and Maldon salt which I keep in my drawer at work.

Naturally, I do occasionally give-in to the second slice of milk tart or that irresistible portion of home-baked chicken pie. Hell, just yesterday I ate a whole block of chocolate in front of the TV. But, it is okay…. Because I am okay!

Salad 

#healthy lunch box salad
 
I always use whatever fresh ingredients I have available in my fridge as well as fresh herbs from my garden. The vinegar and salt I keep in my drawer at work.
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Ingredients
  • Cabbage, sliced
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Carrots, sliced or grated
  • Yellow peppers, sliced
  • Green peppers, sliced
  • Olives
  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Coriander, chopped
  • Basil, chopped
  • Chicken, from last night's dinner
  • Cannellini beans or chickpeas
  • Salad Dressing
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Maldon salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in tupperware and take to work. Then sprinkle generously with Maldon salt and red wine vinegar.

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my sister-in-law’s #asian salad

my sister-in-law’s #asian salad

My sister-in-law, Siobhan is just such an amazing woman. Since I married Rick she has welcomed me with open arms. She is just so caring, considerate, beautiful, sexy and has this great knack for making lovely, delicious and healthy food. This past Christmas she made this delectably spicy Eastern Salad.

Asian Salad

Asian Salad

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Siobhan

 

my sister-in-law’s #asian salad
 
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Total time
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 small baby cabbages, finely sliced (or two cups of sliced cabbage)
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 200g green beans, thinly sliced
  • 200g baby corn, thinly sliced
  • 100g unsalted cashews, crushed
  • 2 spring onions, chopped diagonally
  • a large handful coriander, chopped
  • Dressing
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tblsp soy sauce
  • 1 red chillie, chopped
Instructions
  1. Chop and grate all the fresh ingredients.
  2. Mix all the salad dressing ingredients well.
  3. Mix all salad ingredients together with the salad dressing and there you go. Scrumptious, healthy and just irresistibly delicious.

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roasted tomato + feta salad

roasted tomato + feta salad

roasted tomato and feta salad

Tomatoes + feta + basil has always presented a really classic combination. By slow roasting the tomatoes one is able to extract that deep, concentrated sweet flavour. My suggestion would be to serve this salad with a slice of toasted sourdough bread or just as a spritely side dish at your summer braai.

Watch me make this by clicking here.

roasted tomato and feta salad

 

roasted tomato + feta salad
 
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Cook time
Total time
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 500g baby tomatoes, halved
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 200g feta cheese
  • handful of basil leaves
  • salt and black pepper for seasoning
Instructions
  1. Mix the tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar together and roast in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for one hour. Take out of oven, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, mix well and let it cool down. Taste for seasoning.
  2. Let it cool down to room temperature.
  3. Crumble the feta and add to the tomatoes and the juices. Serve with torn basil leaves.

roasted tomato and feta salad

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