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Colourful Quinoa Salad

23 Jun
Salad with quinoa, cucumber, tomato, carrots and green onion.

Salad with quinoa, cucumber, tomato, carrots and green onion.

  • 1 cup quinoa, cook as instructed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup english cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Uncooked quinoa.

Uncooked quinoa.

Finely chopped english cucumber, tomatoes and green onions; and a carrot.

Finely chopped english cucumber, tomatoes and green onions; and a carrot.

1. For a warm salad, combine all the ingredients immediately after the quinoa is finished cooking. Enjoy!

2. For a cold salad, allow the quinoa to cool before combining all the ingredients and chill for at least an 1 hour in the fridge.

Taco Salad

4 Dec
Taco salad.

Taco salad.

  • 6 to 8 crispy taco chips
  • 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 to 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 5 to 7 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small english cucumber, cubed
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • water

1. Heat a pot on high. Once hot, add in 1 tbsp of oil and onions. Cook until onions are soft (about 5 minutes).

2. Add in garlic, beef and 1 to 2 tbsps of water. The water will help the beef to separate. Stir often.

3. Season with sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Just before the beef is finished cooking, add in half the lime juice.

5. Let the beef cool for a few minutes before adding to the top of the salad. If the beef is too hot, the salad vegetables may wilt and the cheese may melt.  TIP: Cook the beef in advance up to the day before. When ready to use, gently warm.

6. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado. Season with a light sprinkle of sea salt.

7. To make the dressing, combine the dijon, the remaining lime juice and 2 to 3 tbsps of olive oil. Season with freshly ground pepper.

8. Add the dressing to the vegetables. Toss well.

9. Top dressed salad with beef, then cheddar cheese.

10. Place the shells along the perimeter of the salad.

11. Finished.

Diced Tomato Cucumber Salad

30 Nov

A refreshing diced tomato cucumber salad.

  • 6 small delicious tomatoes, finely diced (use good quality, fresh, vibrant tomatoes since they are one of the main ingredients of the salad; the tomatoes pictured above are kumato (brown) tomatoes from Canada).
  • 1 english cucumber,  diced into a similar size as the tomato
  • juice of one lime, roll the lime before cutting in order to release more of lime’s juice
  • a generous sprinkle of sea salt
  • a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Kumato variety tomatoes, english cucumber, lime and olive oil.

Combine together all the above ingredients and serve immediately. I like to use this salad more as a topping rather than a side to a main course.  For example, as a cool, refreshing veggie garnish on tacos or on top of some warm fluffy plain brown rice.  This is also an ideal salad to serve during the holidays because of the red and green colour combination.

Crunchy beef tacos garnished with a plain yogurt and a homemade diced tomato english salad.