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A touch of summer. Radish salad with goat cheese and black salt.

I know! It’s autumn out there.. and most of you would like to see hearty, meaty dishes with lots of roastedĀ vegetables.. When I think “autumn and hearty” I always imagine stew and potatoes! Or that’s because I love potatoes! šŸ˜€ You know, in Russian potato is ‘kartoshka’, and we consume it a lot. But today’s hero is a fresh salad!Radish salad with goat cheese, black salt and sesame seeds

Ā TheĀ temperatureĀ in Dubai slowly but steady going down.. I was pretending again that it’s kinda autumn while did my shopping, and was looking forĀ pumpkinĀ and beets, when stumble upon beautiful radishes! They literally told me – buy us, eat us! šŸ˜€ Certainly, I had to buy them!Ā Beautiful radishes

I love simple salads, when you can cut cucumbers and radishes, dress it with sour cream or olive oil, season with sea salt, and that’s it! This salad is one of such variations, but with a small twist – pungent goat cheese, fancy black salt and crunchy sesame seeds! Oh, they work super here! The salad looks so bright andĀ cheerful, that I bet you want it right now! šŸ˜‰ I hope you can get fresh radishes and make it.. Otherwise, welcome to the UAE, the country of eternal sun!

Ingredients for one person
Radishes 5-6, or as many as you like
Cucumber 1
Cherry tomatoes 4-5
Goat cheese 1-2 Tbsp
Coriander or parsley 2-3 Tbsp,Ā chopped
Chives 1 Tbsp, chopped
Sesame seeds 1-2 tsp, roasted
Walnuts 1 Tbsp, roasted and chopped
Black salt and pepper, to taste
Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp
Balsamic vinegar or cream 1 tsp
Method
Thinly slice radishes and cucumbers. Cut tomatoes into haves. Put all vegetables in a serving bowl, add all remainingĀ ingredients.
Enjoy!
Radish salad

Purple peppers and chickpeas!

This summer I’ve been making lots of salads.

It’s still extremely hot in Dubai and one more salad has been done:)

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Ā Ā Ā  I found these beautiful capsicums at a store, grown by farmers in the Netherlands. They’re absolutely marvellous, aren’t they?

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Never seen such deep purple, blackish color of bell peppers. šŸ™‚ They are green inside and have got the same taste as green ones.

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So, about the salad. One of the main ingredients are capsicums, as you could guess šŸ˜‰

I promise, the salad won’t leave you hungry.Ā  Chickpeas in it are high in protein! Usually I make it ahead (before fitness class, for example, after I’m so hungry!) so it has plenty of time to marinate.

We need:

  • 1 can chickpeas (drained)
  • 2 big capsicums
  • 100 g feta cheese
  • juice ofĀ  Ā½ lemon + zest of Ā¼ lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil (for frying and dressing)
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme (or dried one is good as well)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • fresh mint or/and parsley

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Heat the olive oil with thyme and cumin just for 1 minute, add shredded capsicums, toss and stir-fry until they become soft. My purple peppers turned into greenish color šŸ˜€

In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, capsicums, feta cheese and lemon zest. Toss to combine.Ā  Pour 2 tbsp olive olive and lemon juice over the mixture.

Add some fresh mint and parsley; season to taste with grounded black pepper.

You can serve it immediately, but I heartily recommend to leave itĀ  for 30-60 minutes to marinate.

Enjoy!

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