Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by my page. I hope you enjoy your visit. This is a simple recipe for making a salad! Everyone has their own ideas for making salads – I love a good salad, I love how versatile they are and how they can be either simple (a few leaves, seasoning and a home made dressing that is just so quick and easy to do) or more complex (a few leaves, tomatoes, grated carrots etc! seasoning and again a good home made dressing!)
When I first became a vegetarian, many of my friends would say “I couldn’t do it because I don’t like salads” As if they thought vegetarians only eat salads!
The truth is I love salads so I am always looking for ways to add or try different combinations to make my salads as tasty as possible.
Instead of having my salad as a side dish or an accompaniment to something else why not think about making the salad the main dish – make your salad and then add in cooked noodles or I like to use spaghetti! I sometimes use holumi to make the salad a little more filling!
The following recipe suggestion is very easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast or lunch or dinner.
Holumi with a rocket and tomato salad:
This is a really easy dish to make, you can substitute the holumi with protein such as a meat-free or plant based chicken breast. Just follow the cooking instructions on the packet and follow my suggestions below, Remember, use the ingredients you already have in your cupboards.
In this recipe, I am going to use holumi.
Things you will need:
- A frying pan to fry the holumi – alternatively, if you want a healthier option try grilling the holumi.
- Two plates.
- The zest and juice of a lemon, lime and orange – use lemon/lime juice as an alternative if you don’t have fresh lime/lemons.
- A large fresh tomato – I like to use beefsteak tomatoes but any tomato will do.
- a packet of rocket – any lettuce leaves will do but I like to use rocket (if I cannot get rocket then I use watercress leaves).
- A handful of pine nuts (any peanut that is crushed will do). Sunflower seeds are also good to use. NB: If you have a peanut allergy please leave this ingredient out.
- Seasoning – I use sea salt and coarse black pepper.
- Garlic – finely chopped or crushed (if you don’t like garlic, feel free to leave this out!)
- Dressing – I use extra virgin olive oil and then add other things so you can add whatever you like or just use the oil on its own.
Preparing the holumi:
- I like the holumi to have a ‘golden’ colour. So I add a drop of oil to my frying pan (remember holumi can be grilled).
- Whilst the oil is heating up, slice the holumi to whatever size you like.
- When the oil gets very hot I add the holumi and I turn it so that it browns on both sides.
- Once it is brown, I add the zest of an orange or lime/lemon and the juice too.
- Switch off the frying pan!
Whilst waiting for the oil to heat up, i get on with the preparation of the other ingredients. I wash and slice my tomato and I wash the rocket/lettuce. I prepare the tomatoes first because I want them to marinate and ‘soak’ up all the flavours.
Preparing the Tomatoes:
- I like to add finely chopped garlic a cross the tops to the sliced tomato.
- Season: sea salt and coarse black pepper over the tomatoes.
- Then I add the dressing – olive oil and whatever you like to add to your salad dressing.
- Then, put this plate to one side to marinate.
Preparing the rocket:
- Place a handful of rocket leaves on a place.
- Add the pine nuts or sunflower seeds or any crushed peanuts.
- If there is any of the zest or juice from any of the citrus fruits left then drizzle this over the leaves.
Serving your holumi, rocket and tomato salad:
Now everything should be ready to put together and serve. I start with the rocket. Next I use a pair of tongs to add the tomatoes on top of the rocket. I then drizzle the dressing from the plate over the tomatoes and rocket and finally I add to the top of this mixture, the fried or grilled holumi. Enjoy!
Hopefully you will have enjoyed making this salad. Do get creative, try different things especially with the seasoning and dressing, use fresh mint or basil on the tomatoes but more importantly I hope you enjoy this tasty salad idea. If you find that this recipie is really too light for you then serve with warm wholemeal bread rolls. You can even serve it with boiled potatoes, or rice and serve it for dinner!
Please feel free to share your suggestions for salads below.