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Salads

Fresh, Tangy Ranch Dressing from Scratch

Fresh, Tangy Ranch Dressing from Scratch

Homemade ranch dressing is so much fresher and more flavourful than bottled or powdered dressing.  Plus, like other salad dressings, it takes mere minutes to make! Growing up in the US, ranch dressing was always one of my favorites.  The powdered variety makes a divine […]

Tangy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

Tangy Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

This bright, crunchy cucumber and tomato salad, which is loosely adapted from Naomi Duguid’s brilliant book, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, is the perfect accompaniment to summer meals and barbecued meats.  It’s both refreshing and cooling, and takes […]

Rich and Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

Rich and Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

This delicious green goddess dressing is jam packed with herby goodness.  It’s a recipe which has evolved from a sauce Louis XIII’s chef developed to serve with green eel, and it’s still fit for royalty. In South Africa, we are spoiled by the wide variety […]

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Onion, Spiced Feta, and Preserved Lemon

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Onion, Spiced Feta, and Preserved Lemon

This Mediterranean Tomato Salad is irresistible.  Indeed, its bright flavors make it an ideal foil for kebabs and other grilled meats.  Best of all?  The bulk of the work can be done well in advance. Summer was made for salads.  The gorgeous fresh produce in […]

Herbed Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Feta

Herbed Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Feta

  This delicious, light quinoa salad is packed with herby goodness, complemented by a hint of sweetness from the peaches.  Better yet, it is easy to make — using a store-bought rotisserie chicken — and can easily be scaled up to feed a crowd. A […]

Easy Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

Easy Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

This refreshing, herb-packed Vietnamese chicken salad is an easy, light meal for a summer weeknight.  It’s as delicious as it is nutritious. As an added bonus, it makes a pretty addition to a cold buffet. It seems as if October and November go by in […]

4 Fantastic Salads for Your Weekend Braai

4 Fantastic Salads for Your Weekend Braai

As the weather gets warmer, I find myself scrounging around for interesting salads.  As much as we all love meats off the braai, they require some light, crunchy veg to balance it all out. Since it looks as if we’re in for some lovely, warm […]

Chinese Eggplant Salad, An Easy Make-Ahead Menu Option

Chinese Eggplant Salad, An Easy Make-Ahead Menu Option

This lovely cold dish is a study in contrasts.  It is sweet and sour, with a divine, slippery texture, and a mild nuttiness from the toasted sesame seeds.  This “salad” makes a lovely, light meal for two on a warm summer day.  Alternately, it can […]

Regal Apple Slaw

Regal Apple Slaw

This refreshing, crunchy slaw is the perfect counterpoint to a rich dinner.  It’s quick and easy to make, and is a guaranteed hit at family gatherings. We southerners love our slaw, probably because we eat a lot of ham and fried foods.  The sweet, tangy […]

Quick Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad

Quick Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad

This classic, Italian tomato salad comes together in a matter of minutes.  Best of all, it’s a real crowd pleaser and is easy to make in big batches.  This is an ideal side dish for family gatherings or outdoor entertaining. Sometimes, the simplest dishes are […]