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A summer addiction: Watermelon and Bulgarian salad


Watermelon and bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

I believe that salads promoting fruits are always a hit especially for summers days. Watermelon and Bulgarian cheese is a perfect refreshing salad, celebrating summer at its best. If you wish to impress your guests, this is one incredible salad that deserves a big applause.

Watermelon & bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

 

Everything about this salad is amazing, from the watermelon to the Bulgarian cheese, rocket leaves, fresh mint leaves and roasted almonds. And I decided to top it off with a sweet balsamic and olive oil dressing.  It was the perfect finishing touch to this salad.

There is no precise amount for the ingredients, you will need pieces of watermelon cut in square shapes and slices of Bulgarian cheese, same size, to insert between. You decide how many piece you need, depending on the amount of guests you have. Top each watermelon and cheese square with rocket leaves and few fresh mint leaves. A handful roast almonds to give it some crunchiness. Drizzle a little of olive oil and sweet balsamic glaze.

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese| marmite et ponpon

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese | marmite et ponpon

Isn’t that screaming summer?! If you give it a try give me your comments. Happy Lebanese summer days 🙂

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Purslane, avocado and rocket salad


purslane, avocado and rocket salad|marmite et ponpon

An easy and quick salad for those hot days when you look for a refreshing breeze. The blend of purslane, rocket, avocado, tomato, onion and pomegranate seeds make it so flavorful and nutritious.

In the beginning i found it a bit awkward to add purslane to this salad, i am used to the traditional one that mom used to make for us with tomato and cucumber. But since i am a lover of these soft leaves i wanted to give it a try and add it to this unconventional salad.

purslane, avocado & rocket salad|marmite et ponpon

For those who doesn’t know, purslane leaves have more omega 3 fatty acids than in some of the fish oils. Surprisingly, 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves provide about 350 mg of alpha linolenic acid. Research studies show that consumption of food rich in omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Without forgetting it’s very low in calories (just 16 kcal/100g) and fats. This amazing green leafy vegetable is also rich in dietary fibers, vitamins (A, C and some B complex) and minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese). Isn’t it magical?!

purslane, avocado & rocket salad |marmite et ponpon

For two, you will need:

  • purslane leaves, almost two cups
  • a bunch of rocket leaves, almost 3 cups
  • one small onion cut a la julienne
  • one medium tomato coarsely chopped
  • one big avocado sliced
  • half cup pomegranate seeds

Mix all together and serve with a vinaigrette dressing (apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil and salt), or lemon and olive oil. Choose upon your taste.

purslane, avocado & rocket salad| marmite et ponpon

Vegetarian or vegan people will cherish this treasure. If you are avoiding animal products, go for this healthy dark green leafy vegetable and enjoy all the benefits of fish! I am sure i will be testing other ways to use this highly beneficial purslane and most of all succulent.

purslane, avocado and rocket salad |marmite et ponpon

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Pomegranate and mandarin feta salad


pomegranate and mandarine feta salad|marmite et ponpon

Summer is here, but having fun in the sun is a faraway dream when it hits the 50°C in Doha. Getting laid in the shade is a smarter idea where you can beat the heat with refreshing food and especially with a fruity salad.

Pomegranate and mandarin feta salad is a delicious and refreshing combination, and more than that it’s a wholesome option.

pomegranate and mandarin feta salad|marmite et ponpon

All you need is:(serves 2-4 people depending if served as main or side dish)

  • one medium lettuce (frisĂ© type)
  • 150g feta cheese cubed
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 big mandarin (slices)
  • handful walnut

You will be surprised to tell you it’s a type of salad that you can have for breakfast, without dressing as the pomegranate and mandarin are juicy enough.

If you are having it for lunch, a vinaigrette or lemon mayo sauce goes well with it.

pomegranate and mandarin feta salad |marmite et ponpon

As you know pomegranate are low in calories and high in nutrition. It’s a cancer fighter fruit and improves the heart health.

The mandarin are a good source of Vitamin C, antioxidant and cancer fighter.

As for the walnut, this powerful antioxidant, promotes a healthy brain, fights cancer and improves the heart health.

pomegranate and mandarin feta salad| marmite et ponpon

pomegranate & mandarin feta salad|marmite et ponpon

Have you had your salad today? Don’t hesitate to try this colorful delicious and nutritious fun food. Eat healthy, stay healthy and the most important enjoy your food.

pomegranate & mandarin feta salad |marmite et ponpon

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Shrimp orzo salad with tropical fruits


Shrimp orzo salad with tropical fruits|marmite et ponpon

As the weather is getting hot and hotter, all you need is a refreshing meal; I can say salads and summer goes really well.

Salad is a versatile option served as appetizer, side dish or even main dish. In the last case, the salad should be filling, featuring carbs or meat.

Usually salads are no fail recipes, they leave you the room to be as much creative you want to be in the choice of ingredients and mixing them together. Beside of having a quick meal, ready on your table within 20 mns, you will be enjoying a sustaining dish full of nutrients.

Shrimp orzo salad with tropical fruits |marmite et ponpon

For the salad you need

  • 1 kg shrimps cooked
  • 1 cup orzo pasta cooked
  • 1 medium mango cut lengthwise
  • 1 small golden apple cut in medium cubes
  • 2 cups pineapple cut in medium cubes
  • a handful coriander leaves

For the dressing you need

  • 3tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

You can serve it cold from the fridge or at room temperature, but in both cases you are going to indulge in a symphony of flavors.

Shrimp orzo salad with tropical fruits | marmite et ponpon

Shrimp and orzo salad with tropical fruits |marmite et ponpon

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Romano and pineapple salad


IMG_4264I heart salads! It’s my staple option at any time of the day. Salads are so versatile, catering to all tastes and satisfying the cravings.

I believe there is no single ingredient from the food pyramid you can’t stir in. Personally i like adding fruits and nuts.

IMG_4250For this fool proof salad you need (yield 2-3 portions):

  • mix green leaf (arugula, red oak, green oak and frisĂ©), 200g
  • handful walnut
  • shaved aged romano cheese, about 50 g
  • 3-4 slices fresh pineapple

You can use any type of green leaf of your choice. If you’re not fan of the sharp and piquant flavor of aged romano cheese, you can replace it with parmesan and it can still do the balance with the pineapple.

For the dressing you need:

  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

IMG_4251Isn’t so inviting? Indulge in this healthy and succulent dish and do not hesitate to unleash your creativity to come up with your own signature salad.