30 August 2014

NCR Soups and Salads for August

It's time to share all the tasty soups and salads bloggers have created for this month's No Croutons Required.

It's been a funny month weather wise here in Scotland. The beginning of August was salad weather, but now we are coming to the end of the month and it's definitely soup weather.

I've even had to pop the heating on a couple of times, which is shocking so early in the year. Mind you we can't complain, we've had a gorgeous summer this year.

So now on to the soups and salads. All veggie and some of them vegan.

Let the tasting begin!



No Croutons Required 
August 2014



Lentil and Chard Soup
Puy Lentil and Chard Soup



Chef: Sarah
Location: Scotland

When hurricane Bertha hit Scotland, we were lucky enough to just be hit by rain, but boy was there a lot of it and it was rather torrential. 

Sarah stayed cosied up indoors with Jacob, but her chard loved all the rain and really came on, hence this thick stew-like soup. It looks wonderfully satisfying, doesn't it?



Curried Lentil Vegetable Soup with Roasted Lentils



Chef: Lisa
Location: Canada

It's been cooler in Canada too so Lisa also went for soup. She topped this vibrant spiced vegetable soup with spicy roasted chickpeas. She often eats roasted chickpeas as a snack, but had a bit of a eureka moment and added them to this soup. I am putting this on my to-do list, it looks amazing!



Cheesey Broccoli and Spinach Soup



Chef: Jacqueline
Location:Scotland

I made this brilliantly green soup of broccoli and spinach topped with grated cheddar. It's fresh and very tasty. I topped it with grated cheddar, but that's optional. Graham skipped the cheese to keep his bowlful vegan.








Fresh Mint Broad Bean Potato Salad



Chef: Shaheen
Location: Wales

Shaheen made one of my favourite salads, a potato salad. Potatoes are so hard to resist, aren't they?

Shaheen was proud to say all the ingredients bar the dressing came from her garden and I bet it tasted better for it. Nice entry Shaheen.






Moroccan Carrot Salad



Chef: Helen
Location: England

Helen enjoyed this salad in Israel where restaurants will often bring you a range of pre-dinner nibbles, like this salad. Of course it's always better homemade. 
It's a simple salad, but the spicy dressing really make it something special. It looks really delicious. I'm bookmarking this one.





Creamy Curried Lentil Salad



Chef: Janet
Location: Canada

I realised while I was reading Janet's post that I've only ever made one lentil salad. I'm a big fan of lentils, I love them in dal, soups and stews, so I'm not sure why they aren't featuring in my salads.

Janet dressed her lentil salad in a tahini-maple-curry dressing. Mmmmm! Sounds great.



Creamy Vegan Potato Salad



Chef: Becky
Blog: VegHotPot
Location: UK

I am seriously contemplating going into the kitchen and making this right now. I have all the ingredients and it sounds amazing. The creamy dressing comes from soft avocado whizzed up with oil, vinegar and seasoning. There's also mustard, red onion and my favourite herb for a potato salad, which is dill. Hmmmmmm! I'll be back in a wee while. I have something to do in the kitchen!


Salade de Concombre



Chef: Hélène
Location: England

Hélène loves making salads as starters and sides during the Summer and when she was recently made this cucumber salad it took her right back to her childhood.

Hélène says the trick is to salt the cucumber so that a lot of the moisture is removed but you still have the crunch. It is coated in a creamy crème fraîche and herb dressing, but she also gives a simpler alternative.

We eat a lot of cucumber in our house as Cooper and Graham both love it, but neither would like it dressed. Great I say, more for me!



French Bean, Tomato and Cumin Salad



Chef: Linzi
Location: England

Linzi made this salad with beans and tomatoes grown in her own garden, so it is super fresh and tasty as well as seasonal. She likes to serve it alongside a main course. Sounds good to me.




Strawberry Caprese Salad



Chef: Rachel
Location: England

Rachel made this recipe for Secret Recipe Club. To join in she was paired up with Deborah from Delicious Happens. Her challenge was to chose a recipe to try from Deborah's blog and Rachel went for this twist on a caprese salad with candied walnuts. Good choice Rachel.
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Mexican Corn Salad



Chef: Jennifer
Location: USA

Jennifer was tempted to make this salad after seeing it on Closet Cooking. Her hubby like my own loves corn so this salad is a winner. In the winter she uses frozen corn, but at the moment she is lucky enough to have a supply of fresh corn from her inlaws.




Avocado & Strawberry Salad with a Balsamic Reduction



Chef: Elizabeth
Location: Scotland

Doesn't that look amazing? Elizabeth took the time to reduce some balsamic vinegar into a thick glaze perfect for drizzling over salads and she just had to share with us how good the combination of strawberries and avocado is. I can well believe it looking at this.





Red and White Quinoa Salad with Spicy Dijon Vinaigrette



Chef: Gayathri
Location: USA

Gayathri tries to mostly eat soups and salads for dinner to keep her weight down, which is a great tip and one I could do with following myself. Although she does remind us that quinoa does have as many calories as brown rice, so portion control is important (I think I fall down there). Red and white quinoa, mixed with salad ingredients and cranberries and tossed with a simple vinaigrette. Yum!


So that's all the entries. A fabulous array of dishes I think you'll agree. Please take the time to visit some of these blogs and say hi.

The next edition of No Croutons Required will be hosted by my good friend Lisa over at Lisa's Kitchen. Pop over at the beginning of September and add your dishes to the linky. Remember only one per blog.

18 comments:

  1. I love the look of Elizabeth's Avocado and Strawberry Caprese. Only I can't eat strawberries!

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    1. Oh so do I. Oh no, I would be rather devastated if I couldn't eat strawberries. I love them.

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  2. Such a beautiful round-up. I love strawberries in salad. Will definitely need to try a few :-) Thank you for featuring my cucumber salad as well!

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    1. We have to make the most of them while they are in season. Thanks for entering :)

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  3. Great round up Jac, lots of lovely tasty looking entries.

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  4. Lots of salads this month and it is salad weather here right now - will be great inspiration here for me

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    1. We're just leaving salad weather. Unfortunately :(

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  5. Delicious! Looking forward to trying a few of these!! :)

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    1. Me too, there are some really great entries.

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  6. What a fab round up. I am seriously digging the strawberry caprese salad. Stumbling.

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    1. I know it looks gorgeous. Thanks for stumbling!

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  7. Oh num num! You're right about it being soup weather though... it's gone so cold so quickly! A lovely round up with loads of inspirational recipes. Thanks for hosting such a fantastic challenge :)

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    1. Thanks for entering Elizabeth your salad looks amazing!

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  8. Yes please to all of it. Just realised I could have entered my roasted veg salad this month - so not used to being able to enter, completely forgot about it - doh!

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    1. Ah well never mind there's always next month :)

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