some summer salad ideas

Yeap, the temperature is obviously rising in Hong Kong and it is getting mighty stuffy during the day.  Most of us prefer food that quench our thirst.  I've got a couple of my favorite salad recipes to share with you here.  Both salads were introduced by friends.  They are really easy to make and very good for your body.  Instead of using vinegar, I usually use fresh lemons and limes.  I'm addicted to adding a twist of fresh lime/lemon juice to my water so these little gems never run out in this house.  Never hurts to boost our immune systems anyways.  ;) 

chickpea salad

chickpea salad

Servings: 1 person

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

2 celery stalks, diced or chopped 

1 cucumber, chopped or diced

5 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 capsicum, diced or chopped

1 cup greens

1/2 can chickpea, rinsed and drained

1 tsp cumin powder

1/2 fresh lemon juice

1 garlic, finely chopped

1 chili, seeded, finely chopped

1 bunch chopped coriander

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Mix everything in a salad bowl.  

2) Season and garnish with some chopped coriander.  

 

soba salad with fresh lime dressing

Servings: 1 person

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

1 cucumber, shaved

5-10 cherry tomatoes, halved

2 small blocks of pan-fried hard tofu, diced

1/2 capsicum, chopped

1 small carrot, shaved or thinly chopped 

1 bunch chopped spring onion

1 lime/lemon juice

1/2 chili, deseeded, finely chopped

1 garlic, finely chopped

3 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp sesame seeds

100g cooked soba*

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions for the lime dressing: 

1) Add garlic, chili, spring onion, sesame seed, soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, and fresh lime juice.  Mix well.  Season to adjust to your taste.   

* After the soba is cooked (according to its packaging label), please rinse the soba with cold water and drain thoroughly before you add to the salad.  

soba salad with fresh lime dressing