Avocado and Lime Coleslaw

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Avocado is used in place of mayonnaise in this coleslaw recipe.  It’s creamy, tangy and just delicious.   You could spice this up a bit by added a couple of chopped jalapeno peppers too!   The beauty of any coleslaw is that it is just so easy to make too! Shred a cabbage, add some flavours and a creamy sauce…voila!   I also find that this tastes better after a few hours in the fridge for the flavours to develop.

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Warm Broccoli, Halloumi and Tomato Salad

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This is delicious warm but I can’t comment on what it’s like cold as the whole pan was devoured with nothing left over.  The flavours are a delicious combination of salty, sharp and sweet.  The mint and balsamic lifts this dish too but you could play around with the herbs if you wish.   It’s a quick dish to make and perfect for a speedy supper dish.

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Cauliflower Salad (Warm)

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Trends in food come and go but to me, the humble cauliflower has always been like the little black dress….always in style, and very adaptable.   This salad is normally served warm, but is just as delicious at room temperature.  It’s simple to make, just roast the cauliflower, make the dressing, introduce them to each other and voila!    I call it a warm salad, but it would also make a great vegetable side dish too.  Or you could just eat the whole thing yourself whilst the other half is out!

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Curried Cabbage and Coconut Salad

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I am playing around with a lot of cabbage recipes at the moment, simply because it’s cheap, low in carbs and we love the vegetable.  We normally have cabbage in some form of cheese dish but I wanted something else without the dairy.  This is a great alternative to coleslaw and is full of flavour.   Just like coleslaw it improves with some chilling time.  You could play around with the spices too if you wanted it hotter.   I loved it and scoffed a bowl of it under the guise of “taste testing”.  Another simple and tasty dish!  So simple to make the Chief Taster could possibly whip up a batch!

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Grilled Vegetable and Goats Cheese Terrine

Colourful layers of vegetables

Colourful layers of vegetables

 

This is now my 500th post!  I cannot believe how many recipes have been tried, tested and posted in my three years of blogging.   I put the question out on Facebook as to what should I do for my 500th post and a reader asked for a grilled starter.  So, here it is and thank you, Tawnya for the challenge!  I loved the range of colours in this and the taste was lovely.  The Chief Taster was initially hesitant with me serving this cold but enjoyed it with relish and declared that the flavours “were balanced”.  He had seconds.

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Roasted Tomato Salad

Bright and vibrant!

Bright and vibrant!

 

Roasting tomatoes helps to concentrate their flavour, whilst the addition of balasmic vinegar enhances their sweetness.  Select the ripest and fresh tomatoes you can find.   This is a great salad dish served with some gluten free bread to mop up the juices, or as a side dish.     You could also puree this dish to use as a sauce over chicken, fish or veggies.  Or add some stock and call it a soup…be creative and get roasting!

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Broad Beans in Basil Dressing

Delicious bean salad

Delicious bean salad

I love broad beans and they are a taste of summer especially with this salad dressing.   They are also known as fava beans. You can use fresh or frozen beans.  I made this from a bag of frozen beans I found lingering in the back of my freezer.  I also peeled them for a change too.  I normally eat them with their skins on , but peeling them did not take too long and I was left with a colourful plate.  The green colour is radiant and fits into my belief that food should look colourful and appetizing to eat.  Simple to make too which is an added bonus!

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