Monday, 26 December 2011

Recipes - Garden Salad

I've noticed over the years that everyone does their garden salad a little differently.  Some people keep it super simple with just a few ingredients, some people like sliced carrot and cheddar cubes and other throw everything in, including mango, pineapple, apple and orange (yes! with lettuce, tomato and cheese).  I like to use the very best the garden has to offer and a few things from my fridge and pantry.  I think my garden salad is pretty alright.

Ingredients
150g mixed mesculan, washed
1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lebanese cucumber, halved and sliced
1/2 red capsicum, thinly sliced
1/4 - 1/2 small spanish onion, sliced very thinly
1 avocado, diced
100g fetta, cubed
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 lemon
olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tbs dukkah (this will MAKE the salad! Seriously, make sure you use it!)
balsamic glaze (optional)

Step 1 - Tip lettuce into a large salad bowl then layer capsicum, cucumber, tomatoes and spanish onion. Scatter avocado, fetta and olives on top.
Step 2 - Season well with salt and pepper then squeeze juice from lemon over salad. Drizzle with olive oil, I am a bit heavy handed but you can be as lite or heavy as you like. 
Step 3 - Sprinkle salad with dukkah and drizzle over a little balsamic glaze if desired. Serve immediately. 

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