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Recipe: Cool Cucumber Salad

Quick, easy and refreshing Cool Cucumber Salad

I am always delighted with myself when I take a bite of some new recipe I create on the fly and find it is delicious!  It never ceases to surprise me, as funny as that sounds. I guess I make as many “mistakes” as I do “successes” when it comes to creating new recipes.

This salad is perfect for a hot Summer day. The coolness of the Cucumber balances the slight bitterness of the Celery, and the Parsley and Thyme add just enough flavor to provide a light, satisfying taste.

Cool Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

– 2 Stalks Celery

– 4-6 Leaves Romaine Lettuce

– Half a large Cucumber

– A handful of fresh Parsley (about a half cup)

– 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme

– 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil

– Salt to taste

Wash and chop, dice or slice the Celery, Lettuce, Cucumber and Parsley and place into a bowl. Drizzle with Olive Oil, sprinkle on the Thyme and Salt to taste. Enjoy!

I think this recipe took me about 5-10 minutes from prep to eating it off my plate. It makes 2 large servings or 4 small dinner salads.

Recipe: Easy C Salad

Super quick and easy Carrot and Cucumber Salad.

This salad was born out of necessity – I only had Carrots and a Cucumber to work with one fine day, and wanted some raw veggies. It is refreshing, sweet and downright delicious.

Easy C Salad

Ingredients:

– 2 Carrots

– 1/2 Cucumber

– Several small Basil leaves

– 1 Table Spoon Olive Oil

– Salt to taste

Wash and peel the Carrots, then finely grate them. Wash and peel the Cucumber, then slice finely – I cut mine diagonally, then into smaller sections. Mix together in a bowl, add Olive Oil, Salt and a few leaves of fresh Basil. Enjoy!

Additions: You could add some fresh Mozzarella or Feta cheese for protein. I think Chicken would also be tasty with this salad but a red meat might be too strong in flavor and distract from the subtle sweetness of the Cucumber. If you discover some amazing additions, please let me know.

p.s. Shared on The Healthy Home Economist’s Monday Mania Recipe/Real Food mania share post.

Recipe: Sweet Zing Salad

Sweet Zing Salad ready to eat.

Sometimes, while I’m drifting off to sleep, I think of a recipe I want to create.  I can almost taste the various flavors and try to imagine what the marriage of them together become.  I try my best not to forget them the next morning, and usually find the time to try them out. Sharing them with you helps me remember them, and gives me motivation to keep experimenting.

Sweet Zing Salad

Ingredients:

– 8 Romaine Lettuce leaves

– 2 Stalks Celery

– 1/2 Small Shallot

– 1 cup Red Grapes

Wash produce, then chop Romaine, Celery and dice the Shallots finely, adding to a bowl. Cut Red Grapes in half, or quarters and add to the bowl. Drizzle with a little Olive Oil and Salt to taste. Makes 2-4 servings. Enjoy!

Options: I think some sharp Cheddar or Feta Cheese would add some extra depth to the overall flavor, and protein to this salad. As for meat, I’d recommend Chicken because it has a milder flavor and would compliment the Shallots. Feel free to play with this recipe – let me know when you discover your own favorite variation.

Shared at The Health Home Economist’s Monday Mania Round-up.

Recipe: Simple Apple Salad

After a Hot Yoga session, I was really hungry. I wanted something refreshing and satisfying, but not heavy.  I was thinking about the large Fuji Apples I had bought at the store, and came up with this recipe on my way home. It was so tasty!  I’ve since made another variation of it, recipe alterations included below.

Simple Apple Salad

Ingredients:

– 1 Large Fuji Apple (or sweet apple)

– 2 Stalks Celery

– 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Thyme

– 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil

– 1/4 Teaspoon Salt or a pinch to taste

Dice up the apple into small chunks and place in a bowl. Chop up the celery in whatever size suits you and add to the bowel. Sprinkle your dried Thyme into a separate dish with the Olive Oil, add salt and stir until even distributed, then drizzle onto the apples and celery. Mix everything together, then enjoy! This ratio of ingredients made 2 large servings. You can easily multiply the quantity to create more portions.

Apple Romaine Salad

Apple Romaine Salad

Follow the steps above, but add 2-4 leaves of diced Romaine lettuce, or roughly 2 cups. Simply delicious and refreshing!