Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Za’atar

Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Za’atar

I really love tomato and cucumber salad.  For me, it is summer on a plate.  Crunchy cucumbers are the perfect foil for ripe, juicy tomatoes, which beautifully complement all sorts of grilled meats. Best of all, tomato and cucumber salad holds up nicely on a 

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Tuna, Olives and Capers

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Tuna, Olives and Capers

This Mediterranean tomato salad is sunshine on a plate.  With tuna, olives and capers, it is ideal for an elegant, light lunch.  Serve it with a good loaf of crusty rustic bread to sop up all the delicious juices.  Add a well-chilled bottle of dry 

Fresh and Crunchy Vietnamese Coleslaw

Fresh and Crunchy Vietnamese Coleslaw

Nothing is more satisfying than a good crunchy Vietnamese coleslaw, especially with meats from the grill.  When I am looking for a perky side dish to jazz up a meal and complement the other flavours on my table, I often turn to a zesty, colourful 

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 few 

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