Roll up, Roll up for a Monthly Roundup of Soups and Salads

Ready for some droolworthy soup and salad recipes?

I thought you might be.

They cover all bases really don't they? Cold days, hot days, lazy days, frugal days, healthy days and know just what you want days.

Here are this month's entries for my monthly soup and salad challenge No Croutons Required.


No Croutons Required
Vegetarian/Vegan Soups and Salads

Chef: Vanesther
Location: Somerset, England, UK

Vanesther foraged with her children for nettles for her soup. Thick gloves at the ready! I've never tried nettles myself, but I have heard good things about them. They make such a glorious coloured soup as well as a fun gathering walk for the kids. Such a frugal soup and it looks absolutely delicious. Bet it's super healthy too!

Spiced Indian Tomato Soup

Chef: Sue
Location: Dayton, Ohio, US

Sue has noticed more and more spiced tomato soups in the Indian restaurant where she lives, but finds they can be disappointing. So she set about making her own with a really fresh homemade flavour, lots of spices and finished off with Greek yoghurt. Such a mouthwatering soup. Pass me a spoon!

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Johanna likes to go to the market for her apples as she finds the supermarket apples very disappointing. She used up her oldest apples for her soup as well as some cooked white beans from her freezer, butternut squash, added some maple syrup and seasoning. A beautifully colourful family post as well as this rather lush looking soup. Thanks Johanna.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

Chef: Mamta
Blog: Light Food Desires

Location: US

I do love a pasta salad and this is just the kind of flavours I like. Pasta coated in pesto and a few other flavours and mixed with sundried tomatoes, roast squash and cherry tomatoes. Slurp! I have eaten lunch, but I still want to tuck in.

Warm Onion and Olive Salad

Chef: Vohn
Blog: Vohn's Vittles

Location: Scotland, UK

I would have to take the olives out this salad. I know I am a wuss. I just can't get a liking for them at all, but for all you olive-lovers then this is the salad for you. It's a quick one to and would be great served on the side of a meal.

Mixed Vegetable and Avocado Salad with Almond Herbed Flatbreads

Chef: Lisa
Blog: Lisa's Kitchen

Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Lisa is glad the bad winter she has been suffering through is over and with Spring in the air she is looking towards fresh salads for inspiration. This tasty salad has creamy avocado to contrast with the crisp salad leaves and almond flatbread. It also has a tangy sharp dressing. It looks wonderful.

Crushed Peas with Smoky Sesame Dressing

Chef: Jennifer
Blog: A Girl Eats World

Location: Lexington, Kentucky, US

Jennifer isn't really fussed about peas, so she wanted to perk them up. She rushed her peas and dressed them in a flavourful sesame dressing. I wonder if her hubby approved? He hated peas growing up. Sometimes a fresh take on an ingredient is all that is needed.

Halloumi, Vegetable and Pomegranate Molasses Salad

Chef: Corina
Blog: Searching for Spice

Location: ?

Grated and finely sliced vegetables dressed with a pomegranate  dressing and topped with slices of golden fried halloumi. Well that sounds pretty perfect to me Corina. We enjoyed shredded salads like this with a lemony pomegranate dressing while we were in Cyprus. I have very fond memories of it.

Asparagus and Edamame Salad with Lime-Miso Dressing

Chef: Janet
Blog: The Taste Space

Location: Houston, Texas, US

Janet was inspired to recreate a recipe by one of my first blogger friends Ricki Heller. The salad is suitable for the anti-candida diet. Which means it is vegan, gluten-free meals without mushrooms, peanuts, pistachios, yeast and only low glycemic sweeteners. But apart from that it is a really healthy, filling and tasty salad.

Rocket and Mozzarella Farfalle Salad

Chef: Jacqueline
Blog: Tinned Tomatoes

Location: Dundee, Scotland, UK

For my salad I combined farfalle pasta with rocket, spring onions, sweetcorn and mozzarella with the most delicious honey mustard dressing. It was so, so good. It may look like a big salad but I polished it off in no time whatsoever. I loved it.

Lunch Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Red Bell Pepper and Sweet Corn 

Chef: Priya
Blog: Cook N Click

Location: ?

Our last salad of the month is a crisp, fresh salad. It's the kind that is so colourful that you just can't wait to dip in. They say for a healthy diet to eat a colourful range of foods and you will get all the nutrients you need, well this salad is that and more. A great way to finish off our roundup.

I hope you enjoyed the roundup. Plenty to choose from if you are feeling in the mood for soup or salad

To enter the May edition of No Crouton Required, pop over to Lisa's Kitchen and link up your recipes by the 20 May 2014. You can check out the rules here.


  1. Great round-up of dishes! Blessings, Catherine

  2. Wow, what a fantastic collection of recipes! Every photograph makes me want to dive in and start eating! :)

    1. It is a good roundup. very varied.

    2. Yummy, yummy, yummy I could eat everyone of those dishes, thank you for the scrummy post.

    3. Glad you enjoyed the roundup Lorna :)

  3. gosh what a lot of healthy looking dishes! I shall be on a mega diet when I am back so will pop back over here

  4. Mmm, the Indian spiced tomato soup looks really good. Definitely trying that one.

    1. It does, doesn't it, I think I might be trying that one too.

  5. SO many amazing recipes and also so very colourful too! Karen

  6. Lovely round up Jac I missed this I had made lots of soup.

    1. You can always link up over at Lisa's Kitchen this month Nayna :)

  7. Great round up of salads and soups to read and try, Thanks Jacqueline.

  8. Some fantastic dishes J. I particularly like the sound of the herbed almond flatbreads.


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