summer

Summer Salad in a Jar

"Summer Salad in a Jar" was a team project I've recently done with Marika Elefante and Giulia Revolo.  This cookout salad will be my best buddy this summer.  It's so easy to make, so delicious to taste, and most of all, so healthy for us.  

Recipe by health food chef- Marika Elefante   

Photo Styling by Giulia Revolo

Linens provided by Society Limonta 

Photos by me

 Summer Salad in a Jar 

Summer Salad in a Jar 

Serves: 2 persons

Prep time: 10-15 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Ingredients: 

For the salad:

200g watermelon, deseeded and cut into small cubes

100g feta, cut into small cube

200g cooked quinoa, well drained

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp chopped spring onion

1/2 -1 tsp dried oregano

1 handful arugula

extra-virgin olive oil

For the pesto: 

35g arugula

20g pistachio

20g feta

2g spring onion

25g extra-virgin olive oil

1 pinch of black pepper

1 ice-cube

To make the pesto: Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. 

Instructions for the salad jar:

  1. Season the watermelon cubes that are placed in a kitchen strainer with 1tsp extra-virgin olive oil, 1tsp chopped spring onion and a pinch of salt. Allow the excess watermelon juice drain out of the watermelon cubes.  (tips: this avoids the salad to become too watery)
  2. Season the feta with 1tsp lemon juice, dried oregano, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
  3. Mix the well drained and cooked quinoa with the arugula pesto.  
  4. Get two 500ml glass jar and start assembling from the bottom in such order: watermelon cubes, feta, quinoa, and arugula. This salad is ready to go and best to be eaten within the same day.  Enjoy! 
 Summer Salad in a Jar - Recipe by health food chef-  Marika Elefante  ; Photo Styling by  Giulia Revolo  ; Linens provided by  Society Limonta  ; Photo by  me

Summer Salad in a Jar - Recipe by health food chef- Marika Elefante ; Photo Styling by Giulia Revolo ; Linens provided by Society Limonta ; Photo by me

 Summer Salad in a Jar - Recipe by health food chef-  Marika Elefante  ; Photo Styling by  Giulia Revolo  ; Linens provided by  Society Limonta  ; Photo by  me

Summer Salad in a Jar - Recipe by health food chef- Marika Elefante ; Photo Styling by Giulia Revolo ; Linens provided by Society Limonta ; Photo by me

15 minutes healthy noodle recipe - Spicy Asparagus Soba Stir Fry

I am a noodle person.  Maybe this is why it doesn’t bother me for living in Italy.  I also live real close to this organic supermarket called NaturaSí.  The shop sells practically everything you could possibly think of and most products are Fairtrade certified.  This is Italy’s largest supermarket chain specializing in the sales of organic food items while fully respecting the sustainability parameters.  The pricing is indeed slightly higher but I think it is justified by the high quality and authenticity of the products.  For those who practice a sustainable living in Italy, NaturaSí is certainly the ideal choice. 

What came to surprise me is that NaturaSí actually carries a lot of Japanese food produce.  So whenever I get a little homesick and long for fusion meals,  I can just pop by there to get some soba or rice noodles. 

Here are my extremely easy noodle recipe ideas for the busy bees! 

Spicy Asparagus Soba Stir Fry

Servings: 2 persons

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: less than 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

1/2 lb fresh asparagus, cut in 1-inch pieces, julienned the stalk parts and leave the heads

1 garlic, finely chopped

1 stalk spring onion, finely chopped

1 tsp minced fresh ginger

1/2 chili, finely chopped

1 radish, slivered *optional

1 tbsp mirin

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp sesame seeds

200g soba or mei fun (rice noodle)

sesame oil or extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Cook soba according to its packaging label.  After soba is cooked, rinse with cold water and drain well.  Set aside.

2) Preheat a saucepan with 2-3 tbsp oil on medium-low heat, cook chopped garlic, spring onion, chilli, and ginger 1-2 minutes.  

3) Stir in asparagus and mirin.  Cook 1-2 minutes.  

4) Add water and soy sauce, put a lid on and let the vegetables cook 3-5 minutes.  

5) Add soba and mix well.  Season if necessary.  Heat off. 

6) Garnish with some sesame seeds, radish, chopped spring onion, and a drizzle of sesame oil before serving.  

Spicy Asparagus Soba Stir Fry

Stir Fry Veggies & Rice Noodle -- Here is the mei fun (rice noodle) version stir fry.  The steps are pretty much the same as the one before except I used zucchini instead of asparagus.   

Cold Veggies Soba - another extremely easy soba salad I like to make for cooling the steamy hot summer.  

Ingredients for dressing:

1/4 soy sauce

1/3 water

1 tsp minced garlic 

1 tsp chopped spring onion

1 tsp minced ginger

1 tbsp mirin

1/2 chili, seeded, finely chopped

1/4 lemon or 1/2 lime juice and zest

2-3 tbsp sesame oil 

extra-virgin olive oil