Monday, August 18, 2008

Summer Salads

Cucumber & Orange Salad

This light and refreshing summer salad is so easy to make, a perfect opener on a hot summer day.

2 cups finely shredded lettuce
2 cups grated english cucumber
2 cups grated garden cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 large or 2 small oranges, peeled and chopped in small pieces, reserving the juice.
Mix it all together just before serving, and serve in small individual bowls, garnished with an orange slice if you like.

Moroccan Tomato Salad - a classic take on fresh salsa

1 cup finely chopped red or white onion
1 clove of minced garlic (or more to taste)
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro (chinese parsley),
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
(or a combination of the two)
1/2tsp salt - preferably sea salt or fleur de sel
1 tsp ground cumin seed
1tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, minced finely
Mix them together, marinate for 1-2 hours before serving if possible. You can adjust the salad to your taste - a little hot sauce, more garlic, fresh basil if you have it. This is a great side dish for grilled chicken or lamb. Wonderful with burgers or kefta.

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