Swiss Chard Salad

A raw swiss chard salad? Have I gone mental? Hey, don’t judge it before you’ve tried it kale eater.  Ah, Swiss chard! What a glorious leafy green.  Its so pretty to look at, has a nice flavour and grows into giant monstrosities.  Well if I’m going to be honest mine would have been so impressive if those gosh darn birds didn’t get a hold of them.

This salad is inspired by mexican flavours, because you know I cant get enough of mexican, but filled with all those healthy, good for you and yummy raw vegetables your body just craves after binging on all those burritos or nachos or anything else that’s just going to stick on your bum.

SWISS CHARD SALAD –  1 large salad

Swiss Chard Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 medium bunch swiss chard, washed and chopped into bite sized pieces. Remove the ribs
  • 1 large tomato, washed and diced
  • 1 sweetcorn, fresh kernels
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 5 peppadews, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp liquid sweetener
  • 4 tbsp chopped coriander

Directions

Toss the chard, tomato, corn kernels, green pepper, avocado, peppadews and coriander together.

In a small bowl mix the garlic, olive oil, lime juice, zest  and sweetener.  Taste and adjust dressing for desired taste.

Pour over salad and toss.  Refrigerate or serve immediately

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This Mediterranean couscous salad that I threw together over the weekend is really something special.  Filled with crunchy vegetables and a lemon this is a perfect recipe for a hot Summers day.

This is a great side dish for picnics or grilling days, it keeps well in the fridge and makes a refreshing lunch.

I served this with grilled mushrooms and kale slaw.  Yes, I think I might be in love with kale slaw, but as much as I love kale slaw, I love this recipe just as much.  Now that’s love.

MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS SALADserves 6

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry couscous
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 small yellow pepper, chopped
  • 6 radishes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • lemon zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large bowl add the couscous and boiling water, cover with  dishcloth making sure non of the steam escapes.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Remove cloth, and fluff up with fork.  Let cool.

Add in all the ingredients, taste and adjust salt and pepper according to taste.