Well, here we are at the end of May already and time for this month’s No Croutons Required roundup.
This month saw our first salad only challenge and our theme was cheese. Be it blue, crumbly, creamy, pongy, smoky, gooey or chewy. From vegetarian to vegan.
I love cheese, maybe a bit too much, if my waistline is anything to go by!
So without further ado, here are the fabulous entries we received. Vote for your favourite, in the voting panel.
The first entry is from my good friend Val over at More Than Burnt Toast. Val made us a mouth-watering Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Ricotta & Feta. She made her pasta salad lovely and summery by adding cherry tomatoes and cucumber and finished it off to perfection with a gorgeous herby dressing.
Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe, the winner of our first ever challenge, has presented us with a Beetroot and Apple Salad with Crimson Dressing. Does that dressing intrigue you, it intrigued me? And boy does it sound tasty :)
Our third entry is from (the man with the camera glued to his hand), the super-talented Davimack over at Wish I Were Baking. David made us what he calls a Random Feta Salad.Quorn or tofu, cucumber, green onions, tomatoes, kohlrabi and capers, all dressed lovingly and served in warm pitta bread.
Lucy from Nourish Me has brought to our table Organic Leaves Dressed with Goat’s Cheese. Lucy took her inspiration from her Nana, who loved her garden. Lucy used fresh produce and an extremely delicious sounding, organic goats cheese.
For my salad, I griddled some aubergine, courgette, yellow pepper and artichokes. Well, I thought it was as good an excuse as any to buy a griddle pan! I put into in the supermarket trolley surreptitiously and Graham didn’t even offer up a sarky comment. He must have realised that some tasty food would follow this purchase, clever boy! So here it is Griddled Vegetable & Mozzarella Salad. (not included in vote)
Giz from the Equal Opportunity Kitchen has offered up a Simple Salad with Feta. It looks really delicious, but the less said about the tv reality show featured in the post, the better! Really, enough said!(Toronto, Canada)
Our next, rather ingenious salad was made by Ricki over at Diet, Dessert and Dogs. Ricki prefers a vegan diet, so she made us some Swiss Uncheese and put it in her Swiss ‘Cheese’ in a Mosaic Salad. I have to say that I have never been inclined to try vegan cheese. I just had the feeling it would be a tasteless piece of sweaty rubber. Well, boy was I wrong! This uncheese is made with cashew nuts, lemon juice, tahini, mustard and coriander. Some of my favourite ingredients! You just have to go over to Ricki’s blog and have a look at the recipe.
Could this be lucky seven? Mansi has made us a Mexican Salad, which packs a punch in the flavour stakes. Two types of beans, corn kernels (I am guessing this is sweetcorn to us), rice, bell pepper and cheddar, all bound up in a delicious sauce made of guacamole, sour cream and salsa. If you love Mexican food, I am sure you will love this!
Next up we have a Spiced Eggplant and Lentil Salad with Feta from Frances over at Crunchy Green Things. I really love the flavours of this salad and if that wasn’t enough, the post is full of interesting feta facts! I found out that Graham loves Danish feta, while I love Greek. I didn’t realise that before.
Terri from Faking It Gluten Free Style made a Quinoa and Goat Cheese Salad. As a recent recruit to the Quinoa Lovers Society, I will be adding this salad to my recipe folder. Terri’s son wasn’t such a great fan of the quinoa, but he too, loved the salad!
Kevin over at Closet Cooking is really getting into wholegrains just now, so when he came across some farro, he decided to make this gorgeous Roasted Asparagus and Red Pepper Farro. Lovely presentation Kevin! I will have to give this grain a go.
One of my favourite cheeses is up next, the gorgeous halloumi cheese. Lynn has whipped us up a Greek Salad with Halloumi Fingers. This salad was inspired by memories of salads eaten during a happy holiday to Greece, …”with the sound of the waves of the Aegean sea gently washing up on a shore only meters away from your table”. Oh I want to go to Greece for a holiday!
Next up is from my co-host Lisa from Lisa’s Kitchen. Lisa has made us a Fried Saganaki with Halloumi on Greek Salad with Kalamata Olives. This is Lisa’s first try of Halloumi cheese and I am pleased to announce that it is now one of her favourite cheese snacks. I can go along with that, I also love Halloumi and this looks like a great salad. (not included in vote)
Now we travel to Peru for more of a dressing than a salad. But hey, once it is on the salad, then it becomes one of the salad ingredients, doesn’t it? So although this is stretching the challenge a bit, it is a great recipe, so I am going to allow it. Gretchen made us the greenest of dressings, Parmesan & Parsley Dressing with Salad. You can visit Gretchen over at Canela & Comino.
Maybelle’s Mom from Feeding Maybelle has gone all seasonal and made us a Grilled Halloumi & Asparagus Salad. I would say that it’s well worth trying this salad, while asparagus is at it’s best.
Haalo over at Cook Almost Anything has made us a colourful Roasted Baby Beetroot & Goats Cheese Salad with a gorgeous garlicky dressing. Now who wouldn’t love to be served that up as a starter or a main course?
Jen over at Real Good Taste has joined us for the first time and made us a Warm Pasta with Spinach, Goats Cheese & Carmelised Onions. Jen used soy protein in her salad, but suggested, it might be good with a smoked tofu.
We visit Brooklyn next for a Farmer’s Market Salad with Spiced Goat’s Cheese Rounds from Mimi over at Mimi on the Move. The goat’s cheese rounds are coated in spices and seeds, which is a lovely idea and one I am going to try. Mimi even went to the trouble of roasting some baby potatoes for the salad. Nice!
Becke over at Columbus Foodie has also hit on Halloumi cheese for her salad. It is definitely the fromage du jour! Becke has made us a Grilled Halloumi, Arugula, Mango and Avocado Salad. How inspired to team up halloumi, avocado and mango! I think that is such a good combination.
Our last entry is from Kittie over at Kitties in the Kitchen. Kittie got her entry in at the last minute. The poor girl is moving house just now, so life is hectic, but she still managed to put together this gorgeous Hot (Sauce!) Potato, Pear & Blue Stilton Salad.
I think you will all agree, that this is a handsome roundup, very handsome indeed! Be sure to vote for your favourite. The winning salad with be announced at the end of the month. Good luck all :)
Winner: Kittie from Kitties in the Kitchen with her Hot (Sauce!) Potato, Pear & Blue Stilton Salad.
Well done Kittie!