Soup or Salad Season? No Croutons Required



Soup or salad season? That's my question!


Just when the sunshine comes out and we bask in it's glow and think this is it, the weather changes and the temperature drops. I've never known a year like this. 

Scotland is notorious for changeable weather, but is ridiculous. It's been going on since March. 

Sunshine out, coats off, temperature drops, coats and gloves back on, sunshine back, no coats today, hey this is lasting a few days, spring is here, then you wake up in late April to snow. We don't know what we're getting from day to day. I start craving fresh salads, then the temperature drops again and I'm back to soups.

In the May editions of No Croutons Required I would normally expect to see a lot of salads, but the roundup is really reflecting the changeable weather.



SOUP



Tin and Thyme


Choclette has been out nettle gathering down in Cornwall while the sun was shining to make this fresh energising soup. You will noticing my featured image is courtesy of her foraging. What a gorgeous photo it is. 

Choclette finishes off her soup with a drizzle of wild garlic oil. I am betting she foraged for the wild garlic too as it's in season right now. Check out your local stream and river banks for this pungent smelling green.

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Proper Foodie


Purple sprouting broccoli is also in season right now and Debbie chose it for this wonderful green soup paired or should I say peared with pears and mascarpone which sounds like a wonderful combination of flavours.

Debbie is stocking her flavour with freshly made soups to help keep her healthy through spring. The other soup you can see in the picture is a warming spiced cauliflower, chickpea and ginger soup which she will be sharing with us soon. It sounds equally intriguing.


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Tinned Tomatoes


I too have been making soup with cauliflower this month and like Debbie mine is also full of warming spices, but I chose to keep my soup full of large pieces of vegetable for a really filling meal.

I teamed my cauliflower with carrots. Not my first thought as a partnership but as often is the case I searched my fridge for soup inspiration and it was rather tasty and we all happily tucked in to ward of the chill.



SALAD


Roast Chicken and a Country Walk


Helen made this pinkest of pink salads to serve with quiche. The celeriac, beetroot, apple and walnut are joined by creamy Stilton cheese for that salty contrast and the salad is dressed with a creamy lemon dressing. Helen describes it as "totes moreish" and it certainly looks it.


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Green Gourmet Giraffe

Johanna is going through a purple phase and always seems to have some colourful red cabbage in her fridge. She uses it to boost her families vegetable intake. With a bottle of tasty salad dressing at the ready, she can easily rustle up a quick coleslaw to serve with lunch or dinner.


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Veggie Desserts


Kate has decreed herself to be not much of a gardener, with nature and the elements fighting her, but she is a rather good windowsill gardener and has mastered the art of growing both herbs and lettuce indoors. She serves some of her homegrown little gem lettuce grilled with homemade croutons and the most heavenly Caesar's salad dressing she whipped up with is wonderfully creamy but vegan and dairy free.


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(Thai Green Mango Salad)
Yumsome


Based on a Thai salad that is normally pounded, Nico saved her arm muscles and chopped hers instead. If you were to try this salad in Thailand, it would probably also be full of chilli and blow your head off, but Nico like myself is a chilli wuss, so it is more warming than anything else. The dressing is sweet and sour,


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No Croutons Required


I hope you enjoyed this roundup of No Croutons Required. My good friend Lisa will be hosting the May edition over at Lisa's Kitchen if you would like to contribute a soup or salad or if you'd like to check out the roundup at the end of the month.

Here's hoping the May sees the temperatures rising and the sun becoming our constant companion. Thanks to everyone who contributed a recipe this month.

20 comments

  1. I've always wanted to try foraging! A couple of my friends have taken some workshops and it always seemed like fun. Right now I would only feel confident foraging very obvious herbs. I hope the weather changes become less drastic, it's annoying having to feel like you're going camping every time you go out to do things.

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    1. Yes the weather is so unpredictable just now. I am getting quite tired of it. The sun is shining today, but It's cold, so I had to put the heating back on. Foraging is fun although I only usually forage for wild garlic or berries. I've done a course on mushrooms which just made me realise that mushrooms are best left alone.

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  2. I really love all of these healthy, beautifully prepared recipes. I will start with Celeriac, Beetroot, Apple and Walnut Salad. Celeriac is one of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks and yes they do look good. A great selection to inspire us.

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  3. That thai green mango salad looks so good! I'm quite traditional in that I like soup when it's cold and salad when its hot

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    1. Yes, I am a bit like that Bintu, although it may be more that I eat so much soup in the winter I am starting to get a bit fed up with it by spring and ready to enjoy salads again.

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  4. Soup and salad combo please! That Nettle Soup with that Grilled lettuce and herby croutons please!

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    1. Both, well that is always an option and yes though look good!

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  5. Me and my kids forage from spring until late October.It's very dry at the moment but cold here.I'm going to be foraging for more wild garlic this weekend.I hope to take part for May's round up.

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    1. Oh good Aly, maybe a wild garlic recipe then?

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  6. Always have a hard time choosing between soup or salad, and most times I go for salad. They all look delicious!

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  7. A lovely round-up with some unusual flavours and variations from the norm plus some blogs I've not come across before so will have to check out:-)

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  8. The weather keeps changing here too, definitely more of a soup day today!! These look lovely - I've never tried nettle soup but I think if someone else made it for me I'd give it a go haha (not sure I trust myself to not get stung...).

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  9. A great round up of recipes! I'm very much into my salads at the moment and going to have to check out some of these yummy recipes.

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  10. What a lovely round-up! I would say both... salad for lunch and then soup for dinner. I adore summer soups, less heavy than the winter ones, with fresh herbs or even better cold fruit soups.

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  11. Sounds like a rollercoaster of a spring - we are really getting into wintery weather this week and I am feeling like soup - not much more coleslaw lately because too cold but I hope to get back into it in our spring - thanks for your lovely round up as always.

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  12. What a delightful selection of soups and salads. I have also been foraging for nettles, as they grow in my garden. Inspiring round-up.

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  13. oooh wow nettle soup and wild garlic oil - this sounds amazing! I've never ever tried to make nettle soup, too scared of doing it wrong I think :-) I'll definitely be hopping over to this recipe to find out more :-) Thanks so much for sharing and for hosting!!

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  14. I must say I'm still craving warming soups at the moment. It's been cold here for sooooo long, even though it's been sunny a lot of the time. We didn't get any snow though. Thanks for featuring my nettle soup. And yes, I did forage the wild garlic for the oil.

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  15. Ooh, I love going out foraging - used to do it so much when I still lived in Blighty. Even though foraging is a thing here (everyone does it), I've not done any. I intend to remedy that though, when we move to Romania!

    Fantastic round-up this month - thank you! xx

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