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Quinoa Lentils Walnuts Salad

Quinoa Lentils Walnuts Salad

I love the already cooked quinoa and lentils from Trader Joe's and I always have a package of each in the fridge/freezer for emergencies. They are a lifesaver when time is short and you have to put dinner on the table. I also like cooking almost everything from scratch and that includes lentils and other beans, but tonight, I decided to use the already cooked ones and make a quick salad. I added walnuts to the mixture, then some crunchy…

Lentil Feta Walnut Salad

Lentils are some of my favorite legumes in the winter. I live in a cold climate and have a hard time eating cucumber and tomato salads unless is July, so beans, lentils and chickpeas combined with other vegetables make a great addition to our meals in the winter. As you probably know already, lentils are nutritious and balanced providing proteins, fibers, vitamins and minerals. This humble legume lowers cholesterol, helps with digestion, stabilizes blood sugar and overall it is a…

Romanian Beef Salad(Salata De Boeuf)

Romanian Beef Salad(Salata De Boeuf)

I would not be a truly Romanian if I would not share with you this salad recipe. The Romanian beef salad or "salada de boeuf" is considered to be a traditional recipe that is made for Christmas , New Year's and Easter.No matter where Romanians live around the world, this salad will be on the table for these celebrations. The salad is also widely popular in the Balkans/Eastern Europe. Root vegetables, cooked beef or chicken mixed with pickled vegetables and…

Roasted Eggplant Salad- Romanian Style

Roasted Eggplant Salad- Romanian Style

Many European and Middle Eastern cuisines use eggplants in their recipes. From baking to roasting and grilling, the eggplants are versatile vegetables that can be cooked in many ways. In Romania, one of the most traditional foods you can find around is this eggplant salad/spread that is made mostly in the summer and served with bread, fresh tomatoes and Feta cheese. I noticed that people are sometimes intimidated when it comes to cook eggplants, so here it is an easy…

Pico De Gallo With Tuna-Traditional Mexican Recipe

Pico de gallo with tuna is a wonderful traditional Mexican recipe that I am very fond of.  It is a light, refreshing and delicious salsa and I am sure you will enjoy it very much. In Mexico, this recipe is served with saltines as chips are not very popular, but you can definitely have corn tortilla chips instead. How to make the Pico de Gallo with Tuna : Clean the vegetables(onions, tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro) and set aside. Open the can of tuna and…

Quick Tomato Summer Salad

This quick summer salad is a very popular recipe in Romania, where I was born. It is easy to make, most people have the ingredients in the refrigerator and it is a great addition to any meal. You don't need more than four ingredients, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and peppers. Ok, five if you add some Feta cheese to it. And six, if you add some olives. Make it seven, if you have some French baguette, your meal will be…

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad – A Summer Delight

Are you looking for a gluten free version of the so loved Tabbouleh salad? Quinoa is the answer. It is a simple, beautiful recipe that requires few fresh ingredients like spring onions, lots of parsley, tomatoes, green or red peppers, mint, lemon juice and spices. For the ones who cannot eat the bulgur(cracked wheat) that is traditionally used in the tabbouleh salad, quinoa is a perfect replacement. HOW TO COOK QUINOA: If you use uncooked quinoa, for each cup of…

Authentic Mexican Cactus Leaves Salad (Ensalada De Nopales)

This is an authentic Mexican cactus leaves salad or ensalada de nopales, as it is called in Spanish. Nopales are a staple in the Mexican cuisine and wildly used in salsas, salads or dishes (for the ones who never saw cactus leaves before and do not know how to eat them, here you have some more information about Nopal). The cactus leaves contain a lot of water and are also very rich in vitamins and minerals. They are usually cooked…

Spanish Potato Salad (Ensaladilla Rusa)- A Spanish Favorite

Spanish Potato Salad (Ensaladilla Rusa)- A Spanish Favorite

Few month ago we spent a vacation in Spain. While in Madrid, we stopped for lunch one day at one of the restaurants in downtown. Every time I visit a country, I love eating what the locals eat. This time I did the same thing and looked at their menu for the traditional Spanish food. I chose the Ensaladilla Rusa. Ensaladilla rusa is a potato salad that is very well known all over the world, but each country makes it…

Belgian Endives Boston Lettuce Salad

We had another beautiful salad last night. I was wondering how to make a simple one with what I had in the fridge, so I decided on this combination. We ate it with a grilled salmon burger and it was delicious! This salad is made with two main special ingredients that I do not buy often enough, Boston lettuce and Belgian endives. I added to them some green onions and a tomato, sprinkled everything with a beautiful dressing made out…

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