Food & Drink: Summer salads

Welcome to our first Food-Roundup for BritMums, we are blogging duo Lesley and Michelle from Lost in Food. From our homes in the North East of Scotland we enjoy creating recipes and sharing them with our followers. As Food Round-up Editors for BritMums we wish Claire Jessieman, aka Foodie Quine well in her blogging adventures.

First up from us, we’re heroing the salad! We are both seasonal cooks, which can make it tricky when planning a blog. You start thinking about Winter recipes during the Summer and sadly neither our brains, nor our appetites want to comply! Many regard salad as a predominantly summer dish, however we savor salad the year round.

When done well there is nothing more enjoyable than a beautifully dressed salad. Lettuce and radish plucked fresh from the garden during the Summer months. The bitter leaves of chicory with clementine throughout Winter.

Salad often gets a bad press. How often do you order a meal with a side of salad? Disappointed when an offering of limp lettuce, tomato and cucumber turns up on your plate? Not to mention the lack of salad dressing, salad reaches great heights with the addition of dressing. Ordering salad as a main course comes with it’s own set of problems. Nobody enjoys lettuce that’s limp from having hot meat placed on top. As bad as no dressing, is the salad that comes to the table swimming in it. Yet when done well salad is a dish to delight in.

Chicken Salad with Harissa

So without further ado, here are some salads that we’d happily eat! First up we have our Chicken & Pomegranate Salad with Chickpeas, Quinoa & Harrissa Dressing a meal in itself and a firm family favourite. Using the best of this seasons asparagus is Recipes Made Easy’s Chicken & Asparagus Caesar Salad. Cook the chicken in the grill pan or the barbeque if the sun is out for a lovely smokey note.

Charlottes Lively Kitchen uses lamb in her Lamb Salad with Goats Cheese, Apricots and Almonds, perfect for lunch or a Summer barbeque. We also love the addition of fruit in a salad, this works well in our Ham, Fig & Blue Cheese Salad. A delicious salad in the Summer, but just as enjoyable over Christmas, using up leftover ham and cheese.

Ham & Blue Cheese Salad

Fish works really well in a salad and the next two recipes are both rich in Omega 3. First up is Jess Eats and Travels with her Mackerel Salad a great summer lunch. Proper Foodie shares her recipe Giant Wild Rice Salad with Salmon & Egg marrying salad with the joy of runny egg yolk.

There’s no doubt we should all be eating more vegetables. These vegan recipes achieve this by adding grains or spicing and elevating the dish with an interesting salad dressing. Showcasing vegetables in all their glory is Amuse Your Bouche’s Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad, a warm Vegan salad with a creamy Tahini dressing. Family Friends Food’s recipe for Roasted Vegetable & Barley Salad with the addition of barley again showing that vegetables can be a meal on their own. With an Asian twist this Spicy Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing from The Veg Space is one we can see ourselves making again. Tinned Tomatoes share their recipe for a tasty Greek Pasta Salad with a zingy dressing.

As a side dish the year round we have a Polish recipe from Everyday Healthy Recipes for her Mum’s Best Russian Salad. Recipes from a Pantry shares her recipe for Chilli Garlic Green Beans with only 5 ingredients this is quick to put on the table. Apply to Face Blog and their recipe for Potato Salad a dish that goes with just about everything.

We love the Rainbow Rice Salad Jars from Amazing Eats. Not only do these salads look great, and we all eat with our eyes, but they would work really well as part of a picnic or lunch box.

This year I have started growing flowers in my garden, specifically with the purpose of eating them. Starting off with some violas and nasturtiums in a pot and taking it from there. Our final recipe in this round-up is from Amy Treasure. Using fresh flowers in her Edible Flowers Salad, you will also find a useful list of edible flowers and where to find them.

Thank you to all our contributors for allowing us to share these recipes.

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About Lesley Garden

Lesley (foodie; cook; spice loving; gardener; city breaker) born and
brought up in the North East of Scotland and has settled there with her
family. With a background in Organisational & Business Development, she
has worked across the globe including: China; India; and Singapore,
fuelling her love of cooking and all things spicy. Lesley seeks out good
food wherever she goes and is rarely seen without her notebook. With a
palette many envy, she is able to pick out the key elements of most dishes which she then likes to recreate at home. Lesley’s guilty secret is her addiction to cookbooks, although she does claim to “read them like
novels!”

4 Comments

  1. 12 June 2018 / 09:19

    What a fabulous collection of salads and thanks for including mine.I love the sound of literally all of them particularly the Thai Salad.It is one of my to do things this summer to collate lots of lovely salad recipes.I don’t have nearly enough under my belt.Pinned!

    • 12 June 2018 / 16:04

      Thank you very much Jenny and you are more than welcome. We’re the same we both love salad and thought having a food round up with other suggestions would give us new ideas, which it has. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

  2. 20 June 2018 / 10:41

    A great first round up so many delicious salads to try but which one first.

    • 20 June 2018 / 16:39

      Thank you very much Jacqui, I have to confess there are some lovely recipes included here and I’m not sure where to start myself.

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