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5 Salad Recipes in Under 5 Minutes

Salads are a go-to when it comes to dinner for me. Often, I rely on a powerhouse salad for the bulk of the meal, but sometimes I just want a light salad to accompany and compliment whatever else I’m choosing to make, just as a side. Yes I am a vegetarian, but no I do not only eat salad. ;-) 

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Whether it be a tofu stir fry, or spaghetti squash casserole, I don’t think an extra salad on the side could ever go wrong. These are some of my favourite “easy to whip up in a hurry just before dinner is set on the table” salads, that have never failed to disappoint! You can add as much as you want, or keep it plain and simple, but either way I love using this simple formula as a base for nights I’m in a rush or craving a salad as a side to my meal. The formula can be used to create countless other combinations, but I’ve listed my favourites that I think work best together below. Enjoy, and be creative! 

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Basic Formula: (slightly modified for a couple, but this is where to start) Bed of greens + thinly sliced red onion + sliced fruit + roasted nut + dressing + dried fruit (optional)

1. Spinach-Orange Zinger

Spinach + thinly sliced red onion + sliced orange or mandarin + roasted slivered almonds + balsamic vinegar dressing

2. Berry Bliss

Arugula + thinly sliced red onion + strawberries + roasted walnuts + raspberry vinaigrette dressing

3. All Peared Up

Mixed greens + thinly sliced red onion + sliced pear + dried cranberries + roasted pecans + balsamic vinegar or raspberry vinaigrette dressing

4. Pistachio Dream

 Kale + + thinly sliced red onion + avocado + blueberries + pistachios + lemon avocado tahini dressing or balsamic vinaigrette dressing 

5. Classic Apple Walnut

Spinach + thinly sliced red onion + sliced apple + roasted walnuts + raisins + apple cider vinegar dressing

**Note: The pictures are courtesy to the amazingly talented photographer Michael East (AKA Dad). You can visit his own personal site to see more of his awesome work here michaeleast.zenfolio.com. The recipe for the pictured salad will be posted soon!**

 

 

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Orange Cinnamon Orange Pekoe Tea

The other day while waiting for some water to boil over the stove (because somehow I still don’t own a kettle), I started thinking about alternative ways to sweetening teas. I have never personally been one to add milk or sugar to my tea, but I understand a lot of people do. I wanted to find a way to make a sweeter, dessert-like tea to enjoy before bed, without the added sugar–because a teaspoon of sugar here, and a teaspoon of sugar there will certainly start to add up! Especially when drinking tea in copious amounts like me. :-)

orange cinnamon orange pekoe tea

This recipe is super simple, and uses common ingredients you most likely already have on hand. It’s a great way to spice up traditional orange pekoe tea. The added ingredients bring out the subtle and mild flavours of the tea, so it’s perfect for those times you want a more powerful tasting drink, without the added sugar that comes along with other beverages.

Orange Cinnamon Orange Pekoe Tea

Makes One Cup of Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 orange pekoe tea bag
  • 1 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Few drops of vanilla extract

Prepare tea, and stir in orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla. Top with orange zest and cinnamon to serve. Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon. Note: the orange zest sinks to the bottom, so don’t worry about them in your drink.

Avocado Topped Tomato with Green Onions and Cilantro

Often when I buy avocados, they unfortunately either go bad, or they get turned in to guacamole. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I do love guacamole, but because I’m not too familiar with avocados I find it hard to be creative and use them in other recipes.  So lately I’ve been reading about all sorts of recipes featuring avocado to get more ideas to experiment with in my kitchen.

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A common one I’ve been stumbling upon involves mixing avocado and tahini to make a dressing or dip, which inspired me to create my own variation. It’s super simple (I didn’t even have to pull out my food processor for it!) and can easily be modified for all sorts of other uses–as a spread for sandwiches, thinned out for a salad dressing, as a healthier alternative for Alfredo sauce on pasta– the ideas are endless! I’m obviously not the brilliant creator, but I thought I would share my variation to others to encourage them to try it themselves. After trying my own spin on it, I can certainly say I will be making it way more often!! tomato topped avocado 2

This recipe is perfect as a snack between meals, or as an appetizer before a large family dinner as it’s super fast and easy to prepare, and great for presentation! I added chia seeds because you can’t really taste them and they add an extra nutritional kick. You could also blend the cilantro and green onion right into the avocado mixture, I just kept mine separate to use as a garnish to make it pretty for pictures. :) Enjoy!

Avocado Topped Tomato with Green Onions and Cilantro

Makes Three Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1-2 cups spinach or field greens
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • Pepper, to taste

1. In a blender (I used my magic bullet), blend avocado, lemon juice, and tahini until well blended. Add field greens, garlic, and chia seeds, and blend until a thick mixture is formed.

2. Slice tomato into thin slices. Make sure you slice it width wise, or the tomato slices will fall apart.

3. Garnish with chopped green onions, cilantro, and pepper to taste!