NCR - Seasonal Soups and Salads Roundup

For this month's No Croutons Required, I asked for seasonal soups and salads.

Some of my NCR brigade are in the midst of Winter just now, yes this is quite an international challenge, so don't be too bemused about some of the seasonal produce.

Please take the time to vote for your favourite using the poll in the sidebar.

Look out for the winner at the end of the month.

Now lets have a look at the entries.

Chef: Elizabeth
Location: Shetland, UK

Elizabeth made her salad with kohlrabi, a strange looking vegetable, which I've never used in a dish or eaten.

It's a really fresh and zingy looking salad with the apple and lime juice. I'm very tempted to try it, if I can find some kohlrabi.

2. Strawberry Tangy Minty Punch Salad

Chef: Kavitha
Location: UK

Kavitha has made us a fruit salad with the best of the summer's crop, strawberries.

She made this salad the wonderful combination of strawberries, mango and mint. I haven't had a fruit salad for ages and this one sounds great. I'm imagining it with cream, then I am imagining it whizzed up as a smoothie. Mmmmmm!

3. Cabbage and Beetroot Soup

Chef: Laura
Location: England, UK

What a beautiful soup, don't you agree and I love it all the more as it has beetroot, which I am a big fan of.

Laura picked her own beetroot at a farm after a wonderful day out at National Trust properties, then teamed it with cabbage to make this fabulous soup.

4. Pea and Courgette Soup

Chef: Fiona
Location: London, UK

Fiona made this wonderful soup for her 5:2 diet. It's only 92 calories and looks utterly delicious. It's only 9am as I type this, but I still want to tuck into a bowlful right away.

5. Acquacotta (a Tuscan soup)

Chef: Vicki
Location: Lake District, UK

I have to share Vicki's description as it had me drooling and I'm sure it will do the same to you.

"As your spoon slips in to the yolk, that silky golden goodness spills down in to the soup adding a richness that I couldn’t dream up. Of course you could serve the soup without it, but you’d be missing out terribly.

The ciabatta it sits on begins to soak up the deep savoury flavour of the soup, led by the porcini mushrooms. It breaks apart under the spoon, adding it’s robust texture to the mix.".

Oh my!!!

6. French Lentil and Roasted Sweet Corn Summer Salad

Chef: Lisa
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

I love this fresh salad from my co-host and good friend Lisa. The flavours are spot on, although I would skip the olives!

French lentils, tomatoes, sweet corn, fresh herbs, olives and Feta cheese in a zesty lime and cayenne dressing. I especially like the addition of sweet nibbly bits of sweetcorn.

7. Peach and Hemp Salad with a Creamy Balsamic Hummus Dressing

Chef: Janet
Location: Toronto, Canada

Oh yes! Oh yes! Oh yes Janet. Peaches, green salad and hemp seeds. Sounds good already right? Then add the dressing and it is even more amazing. Janet whipped up a dressing of hummus, balsamic vinegar and mustard. now that is inspired!

7. Tahini-Dressed Zucchini and Green Bean Salad

Chef: Brittany
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I've never wanted to eat salads and soups for breakfast so much first thing in the morning before. Goodness knows what I will end up making for breakfast once I finish this roundup.

Brittany was inspired to make this River Cottage Veg salad to make the most of some seasonal tomatoes and zucchini (courgette). She teamed them with green beans and lovingly dressed her salad with a tahini dressing.

8. Griddled Vegetable and Mozzarella Salad

Chef: Jacqueline
Location: Scotland, UK

I didn't get around to making a soup or salad for the challenge this month, so I am pulling one from my archives. 

This griddled warm salad makes the most of the seasons peppers, courgette and aubergine. Served with a basil dressing. Mmmmmm!

8. Burwash Rose Cheese Salad with Pomegranate, Peach and Chilli

Chef: ?
Location: South East England, UK

I was intrigued by the cheese in this salad. 

"Burwash Rose cheese is a semi soft cheese inspired by traditional Trappist cheese making methods, and named after the village Burwash in East Sussex. Burwash Rose is washed in rose water for the first two weeks of its affinage (maturing process) which produces a wonderful floral quality on the rind."

Teamed with red onion, basil, peaches and pomegranate, it sounds superb!

9. Summer Soup with Herbs

Chef: Janice
Location: South West Scotland, UK

Janice created a lovely summer soup using up what she had in her fridge. In my experience you come up with some of the best dishes this way and this looks like a beauty.

Celery, courgette, carrots, tomatoes, orzo pasta and tomatoes. Slurp!

10. Sweetcorn, Chickpea and Pepper Couscous Salad with Harissa Oil

Chef: Shaheen
Location: South West Scotland, UK

What a colourful dish. Don't you just want to dive in? I do!

Couscous, red and yellow baby peppers, sweetcorn, chickpeas and coriander with a spicy harissa dressing. How wonderful!

Well that's the roundup. We had a couple that had to be left out. One wasn't veggie and another was a second submission, but as this challenge is veggie and there is only one entry per blog, I had to skip them. I think you will still agree it was a sensational roundup with lots of mouthwatering dishes. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Please take the time to vote for you favourite. The winner will be announced at the end of the month.


  1. I'm so excited to see my recipe up there!

  2. As always, these are simply GORGEOUS, and I come away so inspired!
    You *will* find kohlrabi, Jac, probably around November; that's when we got it in our garden boxes, and we had it all winter long. It does match beautifully with apples, and friends of ours told us that in Canada it's called "the winter apple."

    1. Thanks Tanita, I'll look out for it. Winter apple, such a lovely name for it.

  3. great round up - and while I love the challenge I think I got a bit unsure about what is seasonal because winter is not a time for great glee over veg in season but I probably should have tried harder and taken more notice of my farmers markets produce :-(

    1. Haha, I know what you mean. I had you in mind when I said seasonal where you are :)

  4. I vote for number 4. Pea and Courgette Soup, I love a pea soup and haven't had one in ages and ages.

  5. I've fallen of the blogging bandwagon, so it was lovely to be able to participate in NCR once again and be introduced to both old and new blogs once again, so many lovely dishes.


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