Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Happy Wednesday guys! Recipe of the day is Stuffed Mozzarella Salad – Summery, yummy and nutritious!

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

It’s this time of the year when we are about to go on holiday and there’s so much stuff to organise. Plus, my daughter’s birthday party is just a day before we go, so that’s need to be planned too. Well, actually, I’m glad to say, most of the stuff is already taken care of. I just need to prepare some sandwiches and nibbles. But it’s been a hectic few weeks, really. And I had no idea it was so hard to get hold of a face painter and book a bouncy castle. Phewww. πŸ™‚

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Back to my recipe now…Mozzarella cheese is so versatile and is a must in my Summery salad recipes. I simply love it, the flavour is mild so it works amazing with veggies and fruit too. And yes, this is a stuffed mozzarella ball. πŸ™‚ I used my fingers to shape the mozzarella cheese and made a small well where I put some goodies.

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

So I had this beautiful quinoa salad and I really wanted to spice things up, meaning make something different this time. πŸ™‚ I opened the fridge, saw the mozzarella cheese and a bowl with my homemade pesto and this is how the idea actually came to me. Why not stuff the mozzarella with the quinoa salad and use the pesto? Why not, indeed? πŸ™‚ I also added some steamed green beans. It all worked amazing. Not only the salad was super tasty but it was quite filling too. It can easily pass as a light main meal, especially in the Summer (well, probably depends how hungry you are). πŸ™‚

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Here’s how to make the Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Mozzarella ball
  • 100g quinoa, cooked
  • 100g green beans, steamed
  • 50g peas, tinned
  • 50g corn, tinned
  • 100g tuna, tinned
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • For the homemade pesto:
  • 50 basil
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp pine nuts
  • 2tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the quinoa, tuna, peas and corn. Add some olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
  2. Using your fingers make a small well in the Mozzarella ball and fill it with the quinoa salad.
  3. To make the pesto, simply blitz all the ingredients together. Add on top of the salad.
  4. Arrange the steamed green beans around the Mozzarella ball.
  5. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top and serve.
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I hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more fresh and tasty recipes coming very soon. xx

Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad

Happy Thursday all! Today’s recipe is Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad – fresh, tasty and absolutely lovely, this salad screams summer!

Perfect for the hot summer nights/days, the Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad is one of my favs now! πŸ™‚

Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad

The recipe I got inspiration from actually uses Burrata cheese but fresh Mozzarella is quite similar so works perfect. I couldn’t really find Burrata around me, I’m sure it’s available though. And as far as I know, Burrata is actually Mozzarella but with a creamy centre. Or I might be wrong. πŸ™‚

So a few months ago I had this beautiful salad with Burrata cheese, fresh pesto and some other goodies and since then I’ve been recreating it at home. And we all love it, well I mean my husband and me. πŸ™‚

How could I’ve missed adding prosciutto to my salads before? Makes such a difference. I know, it also adds calories, but it’s totally worth it. To make this absolute beauty I used rocket, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and homemade pesto. I also finished the salad with a splash of one of my favorite hot sauces (Cholula). The acidity in the sauce was just what this salad needed. And no, it wasn’t spicy, I only added a few drops which were mixed with the pesto. πŸ™‚

Also, when serving I suggest to throw some pine nuts – add crunchiness and nuttiness in a lovely way.

Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad

Here’s how to make the Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad

Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad

Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 balls of fresh Mozzarella cheese
  • 100g rocket
  • 70g prosciutto
  • a splash of hot sauce
  • For the pesto:
  • a handful of fresh basil (about 70g)
  • 50g Parmesan, grated
  • 2tbsp pine nuts
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. To make the pesto - simply blitz all the ingredients together.
  2. To make the salad, divide the rocket in two plates and place the Mozzarella balls on top.
  3. Add the prosciutto.
  4. Pour over the pesto and finish with a few drops of the hot sauce. If wished, add some extra olive oil.
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Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad

Although this looks all green and light, believe me, it’s quite filling. The last time I made this salad for dinner, more as a starter, but it really filled us up so we didn’t really have a main.

Hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more fresh and tasty recipes coming very soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the weather and stay cool. xx

 

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Happy Friday! Today’s recipe is Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad – fresh, fruity and simply amazing!

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

The series with grilled veggie salads continue! πŸ™‚ Just joking! The thing is I spotted some ripe British strawberries while doing my weekly shopping and had to get a few packs. The strawberries I get are usually imported so you can understand my excitement when I saw these strawberries (they usually come around this time of the year). πŸ™‚

OK, let’s focus on the salad then. I find the sweet and sour combination very tasty! Apart from the strawberries and grilled zucchini, there’s also feta cheese, apricots, a few chopped up pecans and some freshly chopped basil. This is what I call a beautiful Summer salad. It’s so light and tasty, just perfect to have on a hot summer day, probably with a nice glass of white. πŸ™‚ You can have it as a quick snack too. It’s needless to say it’s healthy and low in calories. The downside is you can’t really store it for more than a day. I recommend consuming it straight after preparations. The fruit will get soggy and even might go off so have it fresh and make sure to finish it all. πŸ™‚ That was not a problem for me. πŸ™‚

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Here’s what you need to make this Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Ingredients

  • 200g strawberries, sliced
  • 2 apricots, sliced
  • 1 grilled zucchini, cut in pieces
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 10 pecans, chopped
  • a few basil leaves, thinly chopped
  • For the dressing:
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the fruit and zucchini together and mix well.
  2. Add the feta cheese, pecans and basil and mix again.
  3. Serve with the dressing on a side.
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Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

And because it’s the grillingΒ season I think this salad will be a great addition to any BBQ. No matter what you’re making – fish or meat, this beauty will compliment both. Use as a side or as an appetizer before serving the mains, you won’t go wrong.

I kept the dressing simple as I wanted the salad to be this way – fresh and simple. So I used some olive oil, lemon juice and salt.

The pecans add a crunchy bite to it that I love in salads. Pecans seem to work quite well with fruit. You can use walnuts, too. Just add a few on top for some extra crunchiness. πŸ™‚

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

I hope you like this recipes. Stay tuned for more coming very soon. xx

For more strawberry inspiration check here:

Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes

Meatless Monday: Strawberry & Gorgonzola Cheese Watercress Salad with Chia Seeds

Strawberries & Feta Cheese Cornmeal Muffins

Salted Strawberry Cheesecake

Meatless Monday: Soya Yogurt Berry Pots

Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad

Happy Wednesday guys! Today’s recipe is Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad – loaded with tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions and quail eggs, amazingly delicious and nutritious! πŸ™‚

Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad

Can you believe the weather today? I’m sitting here typing with the lights on in the middle of the day, this is how dark it is. The rain’s been on and off all day. But this salad kind of makes me think of sunny days (hopefully coming soon).

It is so light and freshly tasting but at the same time quite filling. Perfect for a healthy and tasty lunch or dinner. It is packed with goodies – sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, quail eggs and tuna. And of course, there’s bulgur and grilled asparagus. I use bulgur quite often in my recipes but haven’t tried adding asparagus to salads yet. I usually just grill them as snack on them as they are.

But this Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad is a whole different story. πŸ™‚ It is very simple to make so you can make a bigger batch and store in the fridge for a few days to cover your lunch or dinner on busy days.

Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad

The dressing is simple too – olive oil, lemon juice and salt. All you have to do is to mix it all up and you’ve got this beautiful and healthy salad.

Here’s what you need to make the Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad

Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad

Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad

Ingredients

  • 10 asparagus, grilled and cut in pieces
  • 100g bulgur, cooked
  • 5-6 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 100g tinned tuna
  • 5-6 quail eggs, sliced
  • For the dressing:
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the salad ingredients apart from the quail eggs. Add the dressing ingredients and mix well.
  2. Arrange the quail egg pieces and serve.
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I try to use seasonal veggies and fruit as much as I can, though, I believe asparagus season starts in June. Anyway, it’s almost June (can you believe it). πŸ™‚ Oops, just checked online and it is indeed in season. Apparently, asparagus season starts from the end of April till June.

My point was, seasonal produce is much tastier and cheaper too, in most cases. Unfortunately, it seems there’s not great variety here, and lots of the fruit and veg are imported. But as I said, I try to choose local and seasonal produce whenever I can and it does make a difference. πŸ™‚

Grilled Asparagus Bulgur Salad

I really hope you enjoy this recipe. Stay tuned for more tasty and simple recipes coming soon. xx

Meanwhile why not check some moreΒ bulgur wheat recipes here:

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Simple Chicken Satay

Black Olive & Tomato Bulgur Mint Salad

Pumpkin, Avocado & Feta Cheese Salad