19 April 2012

Artichoke, Red Pepper & Goats Cheese Salad


I made this salad for my lunch tomorrow. As you can see, I am good to myself. I really can't wait to get tucked in and I know it is going to draw envious looks. Although don't be fooled into thinking I eat like this every lunchtime. Quite often lunch is rice cakes and tartex or a tube of instant tomato soup.

This is also my entry for this month's No Croutons Required. It was my turn to host this month and I came up with the idea of perking soup or salads up with any jarred antipasto sitting in your cupboard. There hasn't been a huge amount of entries so far, so I do hope you will join in too. I won't be posting the roundup until Saturday night (21 April 2012), so you still have time to enter.


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Artichoke. Red Pepper & Goats Cheese Salad
This colourful salad is lifted by the addition of roasted red onion, pepper and
artichoke antipasto.
Ingredients
  • 60g mixed salad leaves (I used watercress, rocket and baby spinach)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red onion, halved then quartered
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 artichoke hearts in oil, drained and sliced roughly
  • 4cm wide piece of goat's cheese, crumbled
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 220c/200c fan/gas mark 7.2. In a bowl toss the red pepper and red onion in the olive oil, then spread out on an ovenproof tray and roast for approximately 20 minutes until soft and browning at the edges.3. Toss the sliced avocado in lemon juice to prevent it from discolouring.4. Layer up your salad. Divide the salad leaves onto two plates, then top with the red pepper, onion, artichoke, avocado. Finish off with the crumbled goats cheese and your favourite dressing.
Details
Total time: Yield: 2 salads


39 comments:

  1. This looks healthy, delicious and colourful. You will definitely be the envy of everyone at lunchtime! Good luck with no croutons required :)

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    1. Thanks Ros, I am up to eight entries now, so I don't feel so bad :)

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    2. AlphBakes has been slow this month as well. We did have a long weekend for Easter. I'm afraid I won't be joining in as I can't incorporate antipasto into a bake! (or bake a soup or salad!)

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    3. Hehe, no please don't put antipasto in a bake. Bleughhhhhh!

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  2. This salad looks lovely...It's nice to sometimes take the time for an indulgent lunch. Great colours too.

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    1. It was lovely Debby. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it :)

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  3. This looks lovely. Artichokes are some of my favourite antipasti but I'm afraid I haven't got around to making anything with them this month - although I have no excuses as I have a jar in the cupboard and plenty of time on my hands.

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  4. I have an entry Jac, but it will be tomorrow's lunch.

    It has been slow on events this month. Where have the days gone too?

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    1. Fabulous Helen, that is brilliant! I won't be posting until Saturday night or if I am particularly tired after work tomorrow, then Sunday morning.

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  5. Salad with jarred antipasto bits is my favourite lunch. It sounds healthy, but then my favourite dressing is extra virgin olive oil (a lot!) and I can't eat salad whithout bread....Next time I will try to add roasted peppers and onion like you have suggested.

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    1. It is rather good isn't it? I am sure you will love it even, more with the roasted pepper & onion :)

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  6. Ooooh that really does look delicious! I love all types of antipasto but especially artichoke! This is a great way of using it :)

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    1. Me too, artichokes are great. I am a bit lazy though and only use jarred artichokes, but they are still great :)

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  7. I have never tried Artichoke I have to admit ! this makes me want to try them !

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    1. You should give them a go Claire :)

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  8. I would love to have submitted this month, but I don't have much in the way of antipasti ingredients in my home at the moment :( I know what I need to get though, some artichokes!

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  9. i tried growing artichokes without success. I am sure your recipe will be more successful. :-)

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    1. Well I think that was brave of you, I wouldn't know where to start. I am afraid my gardening does not go much beyond herbs :)

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  10. This looks gorgeous...I always get very exited when I see a nice salad! I've also just spotted your Nanaimo bars so I'm off to have a look at those too!
    x

    ps & the veggie chilli wedge bake

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    1. That is lovely that you are excited when arriving on my blog. You have made my day :)

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    2. I'm back to have a look at the salad again as I'm hungry! Just spotted your mushroom, avocado & horseradish sandwich....and the peanutty noodles...yum! I'll be back again tomorrow for another look ! x

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  11. I would be envious if I saw a salad like this at work - looks fantastic - I am quite into tubbed soup at the moment but wish I could get my act together in making nice salads for lunch - and had intended to do NCR but just haven't got my act together there either

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    1. That's ok Johanna. I don't take a lot of soup to work, we mostly eat it at home, but I am really into my salads just now.

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  12. That looks delish, much better than my usual lunches...

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    1. Much better than mine too, to be honest. I have been making more of an effort lately.

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  13. Artichoke and goats cheese - two of my favourite salad ingredients. Yum!

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    1. They are rather good together CC :)

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  14. What a delicious combination Jac. I too have been eating more salads.

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    1. I thinking we are hoping to tempt Summer to arrive Lisa :)

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  15. oh yum. that looks delicious. i'm always looking for more salad inspiration as i LOVE salad lunches. i have a post devoted to salad lunches on my blog. yours has inspired me. thank you.

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    1. I will pop over and have a look Becca, but not tonight, it is half past twelve and I really must head to bed :)

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  16. in fact i love the look of all of your recipes. i will definitely be following your blog and using your recipes. yum. thanks.

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  17. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award because you two are awesome! Click here for more info :) I love your blog!

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    1. Awww thanks Katja. You have made my day :)

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  18. I'm really trying to get into salad these days - this looks sensational - all the ingredients I love!! thanks for a great recipe
    Mary x

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    1. I do hope you try it then Mary. I dressed mine with a lovely mustardy dressing. It was divine :)

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