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02Jul 12

Summer salad with pears and cheese

Summer salad with pears and cheese
Wanted: perfect salad for taking on a picnic.

Well, here it is! It is a perfect complement to your typical protein dish such as a tuna or salmon steak. Chicken might also be a good choice. Try this chicken and avocado baguette with pesto mayonnaise. It’s great warm or cold!

Adding pieces of fruit in salads is a great way to make the salad slightly more interesting and healthy. Pears or apples add that extra tang and juiciness, and chunks of a delicious cheese gives it an even more luxurious feel.

As we fast are approaching the picnic season (although we are not there just yet, at least not in London), I am trying to come up with new ideas for dishes to be eaten outdoors and from plastic containers. The thing is – it must not be too runny and messy. Simplicity is the word. And, of course – yumminess! (If that word exists?) Washed down with a cold beer while lounging on a blanket in the park is my idea of paradise.

I hope you give this easy salad a try as it will tick all your boxes: easy; tasty; healthy; and portable. Enjoy!

Summer salad with pears and cheese
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 3
 
This is a perfect side salad for a day in the park.
Ingredients
  • 1 big bag of mixed lettuce of choice ( iceberg, rocket, etc.)
  • 100g unsalted cashew nuts
  • 50g strong cheese of choice
  • 2 hard green pears
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ a teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinagar
Instructions
  1. Place the mixed salad in a big bowl.
  2. Chop the nuts into halves and add them to the salad.
  3. Grate or cut the cheese into squares and place in the salad.
  4. Peel the pears into slices and fry them in the butter and oil for about 2 minutes on each side. Add the salt and pepper.
  5. Lift the pears from the frying pan onto the salad when cool.
  6. Add the balsamic vinegar to the remaining oil and butter in the frying pan and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix it all together.

 

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11Apr 12

Linguine with garlic and cherry tomatoes

Linguine with garlic and cherry tomatoesOne could write a book about all the different kinds of pasta that the Italians have invented. Wait, they probably already have! Here is a recipe using just one of those pastas in this linguine with garlic and cherry tomatoes. (Also try this chilli garlic pasta.)

Linguine means ‘little tongues’ in Italian, due to them being flatter and wider than spaghetti. My recipe combines linguine with cherry tomatoes, garlic and balsamic vinegar and really couldn’t be easier to prepare. Perfect as a quick dish to whizz together when I arrive home late after a day at uni. I just have to remember that, with all that garlic, I might want to buy some chewing gum the day after!

What we need:

  • 2 medium-sized garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 small handfuls of fresh basil leaves
  • 60g dried linguine
  • 25-30 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 -2 pinches of salt and pepper according to taste

How to make it:

1. Peel and chop the garlic cloves into very fine slices. Wash and chop the basil leaves finely as well.
2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic slices. Fry on a low to medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly until very lightly golden.

3. Wash and chop the cherry tomatoes into halves, or leave whole as desired.
4.  Mix the cherry tomatoes and sugar with half of the chopped basil leaves. Cook for around 5 minutes on a medium heat until the tomatoes just start to break up. Switch off the heat.

3. Cook the linguine per instructions and drain. Return to the saucepan after draining and add some olive oil to separate the strands of pasta.

4. Return the tomatoes to the heat and add the balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Pour the tomato mixture into the pan of linguine and mix the pasta all together with the cherry tomatoes.

6. Place the pasta onto plates and sprinkle with the remaining basil and some grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Serves: 2
Time needed: 15 minutes
Level: very easy

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