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Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

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This traditional Italian salad – notice how the green, white and red colours of this salad are, patriotically, the same as the colours of the Italian national flag – is so simple to put together. But it looks fab and tastes even better, with the sensational flavours of the Mediterranean. Just the thing to enjoy with a pal on a hot summer’s day…

  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Total time: 10 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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If you put a finger over the top of the bottles of balsamic vinegar and olive oil you can “dot the plate” to give it that professional look!

Ingredients

  • 6 small tomatoes
  • 125g pkt of mozzarella pearls, drained
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar, to serve
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve

Method

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half, and arrange on two plates with the mozzarella pearls and basil leaves.
  2. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

By Lucy Knox

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

A protein packed salad with Mediterranean flavors – quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata
olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and a little feta cheese combined makes a healthy salad with fresh clean ingredients.

I had dinner at my friend Julia’s house last week, and she made a similar salad as a side dish which she served with fish although hers didn’t have tomatoes or feta (I recall she mentioned she was out). I posted a picture of it on Instagram[1] the other day and got so many requests, most of you mentioning the feta was a must! So I made this for dinner last night, with the feta as you requested.

Have lots of leftovers so I am having a big bowl of this for lunch today! This also makes a great side dish for chicken or fish, perfect for backyard parties and BBQ’s (can’t wait for the warmer weather!) You can totally adapt this to your taste, leave out what you don’t like, add more of what you do like. Easy!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1 generous cup • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 145.5 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 15.5  g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Protein: 4.3 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 137 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 7.4 mg 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 – 3/4 lemon, squeezed
  • 1/4 cup (about 10) kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cucumber, peeled and diced (from 1 English)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Directions:

Rinse quinoa for about 2 minutes, using your hands to make sure all the saponins are removed.

Fill a medium pot with water, add quinoa and salt to taste and bring to a boil. When the water boils, reduce heat to low and cover; simmer covered 15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered an additional 5 minutes without lifting the lid; then fluff with a fork and set aside in a large mixing bowl to cool.

While the quinoa cools, dice all the vegetables. Add the red onion, olives, cucumber, tomatoes to the cooled quinoa, and squeeze 1/2 lemon over it.  

Drizzle the olive oil over the quinoa, then add feta, salt and pepper to taste and toss well. Taste for salt and adjust as needed, add more lemon juice if needed.

Makes over 6 1/4 cups.

If you like this salad, you may also like:

Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Medley[2] from Skinnytaste
Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn and Tomaotes[3] Simply Recipes
Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears and Almonds[4] Two Peas and A Pod
Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Radishes and Cucumber[5] Kalyn’s Kitchen

References

  1. ^ Instagram (instagram.com)
  2. ^ Southwest Black Bean Quinoa Medley (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn and Tomaotes (www.simplyrecipes.com)
  4. ^ Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears and Almonds (www.twopeasandtheirpod.com)
  5. ^ Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Radishes and Cucumber (www.kalynskitchen.com)

Pasta alla norma

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This traditionally Sicilian dish, supposedly named after Bellini’s opera ‘norma’. It offers a great vegetarian recipe; simple and with only a few ingredients but full of authentic Italian flavour. Ricotta salata, a fantastic dry salted ricotta is traditionally used for its pungent crumbly texture, but feta would substitute well, as would parmesan as we’ve done. It’s a super speedy nutritious meal to have on the dinner table in no time.

  • Serves: 4-6

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cooking time: 20 mins

  • Total time: 30 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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If you want a smoother sauce, blitz up the tinned tomatoes in a blender before adding to sauce. Alternatively try using tinned passata.

Ingredients

  • 2 aubergines, cubed
  • 2tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tbspdried oregano
  • 1tsp dried chili flakes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
  • Large bunch of fresh basil, torn
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 500g pack of dried penne
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnishing

Method

  1. First, fry the cubes of aubergines in batches in a hot pan adding oil as needed. Once all cooked, transfer to one pan and add garlic and cook for further 2mins. Sprinkle over oregano and chilli flakes. Add tomatoes and simmer for 10-15mins until thickened. Add half the torn basil leaves and take off heat. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile cook spaghetti according to packet instructions and strain, reserving a cup full of the cooking water.
  3. Add spaghetti to pan of sauce and mix to coat well, adding the cooking water if needed to loosen. Serve in bowls with extra basil torn over the top and a grating of fresh parmesan.

By Sophie Rae

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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