Top 5 Summer Salads

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This week is Bord Bia’s Summer Salads Week and we have put together our top 5 Summer Salad recipes here:

Caprese saladCaprese Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 250g mozzarella cheese, thickly sliced
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Freshly ground salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

Thinly slice the tomatoes and arrange on a platter. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and drizzle over the olive oil. Lay slices of cheese over the tomatoes, and then scatter the torn basil over the platter.

For a bit of extra flavour, scatter a few capers over the plate, or why not add some fresh local red currants?

Greek Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 4 large vine tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 red onion, quartered and halved
  • Handful of olives
  • ½ a green pepper, thinly sliced.
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  •  75g feta cheese, cut into slabs or crumbled
  •  2 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl, mix together and lightly season, then serve with some crusty bread. Add some capers for extra flavour.

 

Mixed salad with eggsMixed Salad with Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 4 large vine tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • Handful of chives, snipped
  • Outer leaves of an iceberg lettuce, washed and torn
  • 5 hardboiled eggs, peeled and halved.
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Handful of fresh basil, torn

Method:

Place the torn lettuce on a platter, and scatter the other ingredients over.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper then drizzle over the olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

Fig Raspberry & Prosciutto Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 100g rocket leaves
  • 125g raspberries
  • 6 figs, cut into quarters
  • 2 fresh mozzarella balls
  • 8-12 slices prosciutto
  • Aged balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Method:

1. Divide rocket leaves between 4 dinner plates or 6 side plates if having as a starter. Scatter equally with raspberries and quartered figs. Tear of pieces from the mozzarella and divide amongst plates, then top each with 2 slices of prosciutto. Drizzle salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then season each with sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper.

2. Also lovely served as a large salad on a big serving plate.

 

Beetroot Candied Walnuts & Feta Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 2 uncooked beetroot
  • 50g walnuts
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 1 bag mixed leaves
  • 75g Feta, crumbled
  • French Dressing

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Wrap the beetroot in foil and place on a baking tray. Roast for 1 hour or until tender. Cool for 15 minutes.

2. While the beetroot is cooling, scatter the walnuts on a baking tray and drizzle with honey. Roast for ten minutes or until roasted. Set aside to cool

3. Wearing gloves, peel the beetroot and cut each round into 8 wedges. Dress the salad leaves before assembling the salad, topping it with beetroot wedges, crumbled Feta and the candied walnuts.

Some Tips to increase tomatoes in your daily eating plan:

  • Remember to store tomatoes at room temperature for maximum flavourtomatoes
  • Have a variety of tomatoes available for different purposes. Large tomatoes are great to be sliced for sandwiches.
  • Cherry tomatoes add great flavour to salads but also can be a fantastic base for a sauce. Cook enough in the summer and freeze to ensure you have great quality sauce to last you through the winter months.
  • Don’t forget using fresh tomatoes to make a tomato based sauce for lunch and dinner will go towards your 5-a-day.
  • Tomatoes can be a great addition to all meals. They can be a great way to get vegetables into breakfast by adding to an omelette.
  • Tomatoes can be a great addition to soups, and stews.
  • Use cherry tomatoes combined with cheese, hummus or avocado as a great mid afternoon snack.

 

During the week you will be able to win a Select Hotel weekend away with spending money every day on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show with thanks to Bord Bia.

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