Mint and couscous salad

This is a simple salad that can be prepared quickly. It is excellent as an accompaniment of a Sunday lunch, or on its own. You can use the left overs for lunch boxes. It can be kept in the fridge for one day.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 250 gr of couscous prepared according to the instructions of the producer
  • 200 gr sweet cherry tomatoes chopped in half
  • half a cucumber chopped in small cubes ( seeds removed)
  • 1 bunch of mint leaves
  • half a red onion chopped into small pieces
  • 1 small carrot chopped in small cubes
  • 2 green onions
  • origano
  • extra virgin Greek olive oil
  • salt
  • a rich of cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Prepare your couscous according to the producer’s instructions or if you are lucky enough to have access to homemade couscous just prepare it as you regularly do.
  • Add a bit of olive oil to your couscous.
  • In a large bowl place all the vegetables and herbs and mix gently.
  • Add a bit of salt to the mixture.
  • Place the couscous in this mixture once it is cold with a pinch of cinnamon.
  •  Your salad is ready.

This salad is great when served with falafel, yogurt and tomato sauce and cabbage salad.

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Prosecco wine goes very well with this dish.

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Aubergine salad with peanut butter

“Πενία τέχνας κατεργάζεται” is a very old Greek saying, meaning that poverty develops and contributes to the research of the arts.

It is not poverty, as lack of monetary means, that contributed to the creation of this recipe. It is poverty as lack of specific ingredients in the city that I live, more specifically the lack of tahini. Tahini is a sesame based paste, that is commonly used in aubergine salad. It is  quite complicated to find Tahini in Bangkok.  So I have decided to replace it with peanut butter. The result is very tasty. If you wish to try this dish please follow the instructions below.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 medium aubergines
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 small red onion
  • parsley
  • 1 tbsp of white sesame seeds
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • sweet paprika

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Instructions:

  • Cut the aubergines in big pieces.
  • Roast the aubergines in the oven covered under an aluminium foil for one hour
  • Once the aubergines are cooked put them in a food processor and mix with the onion, garlic, peanut butter, olive oil and salt. Serve with chopped  parsley and paprika.

Enjoy 🙂

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Green beans

I love the taste of green beans. I always did, even when I was a child. In Greece green beans are enjoyed slow cooked because they release a sweet nutty taste when they are cooked in low heat for 40-45 minutes.

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Ingredients for 4 portions:

  • 400 gr green beans
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • a large onion chopped in slices
  • salt
  • sesame seeds
  • extra virgin Greek olive oil

Instructions:

  • Clean and wash your beans
  • Put a heavy bottom large pan on high heat and let it burn. Do not add any oil.
  • In a large bowl mix the beans with 2 tablespoons of oil, salt, the chopped onion and the whole cloves of garlic.
  • When your pan is very hot add the mixture and saute until the beans change colour.
  • Turn the fire to low. Add half a cup of water.
  • Let your beans simmer for 40-45 minutes.
  • When cooked thoroughly turn the fire off and add the sesame seeds and the extra virgin Greek olive oil.

This dish can be enjoyed on its own

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It can also be enjoyed as a side dish or a salad.

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Quinoa tabouleh

This is a quinoa salad inspired by tabouleh. It can be enjoyed as a side dish as well as on its own.

Ingredients for 4 portions:

  • 200 gr quinoa
  • 150 gr of boiled chickpeas
  • a few cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 large bunch of mint
  • 1 large bunch of parsley
  • a carrot
  • sesame seeds
  • sia seeds
  • salt, paprika
  • a small red onion
  • juice of a lemon
  • a small green chilli (optional)
  • a crushed clove of garlic (optional)
  • 50 gr of raisins (optional)
  • extra virgin Greek olive oil

Instructions:

2 hours before preparing the salad:

  • Wash the quinoa in order to get rid of any bitter taste.
  • Put the quinoa in a pan  cover it with water and add some salt
  • Cover the pan and boil for 14 minutes in low heat or until the inner sprout comes out of the grain- do not over boil, the texture will be damaged
  • Add some olive oil and let the quinoa cool down
  • Cut all the vegetables in slices or cubes
  • Chop the herbs thinly
  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Your salad is ready to taste. Enjoy 🙂DSC_7826.jpg