Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Happy sunny Wednesday guys! Today’s recipe is Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer – light, fruity and absolutely delicious, perfect for the hot weather!

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

My original idea was to make panini (hence the panini bread I used) but I decided to go for Strawberry Bruschettas instead. And these beautiful bruschettas didn’t disappoint at all. The Paneer cheese I used really complimented the strawberries. It was very mild and had crumbly texture, more like cottage cheese. I haven’t used Paneer cheese like this before but it worked really well so I’m glad I did. πŸ™‚

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

The bruschettas are super simple to make. I toasted the bread first with a bit of olive oil, then added the strawberries, paneer and some fresh basil and left in the oven for another five minutes. The result was absolute deliciousness. πŸ™‚ The strawberries were so sweet and juicy and tasted amazing with the paneer and basil. I feel like every time the weather gets really hot my favourite things to eat are strawberries and tomatoes. πŸ™‚ And basil is my number one summer herb. πŸ™‚ I’d really love to be able to grow my own fruit, veg and herb one day. That would be so exciting! πŸ™‚ However, at the moment I use the shops for fresh fruit and veg.

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

These bruschettas are a great appetizer too. I’m pretty sure your friends/guests would be really please if you serve them these with a glass of champagne. πŸ™‚ This is how I should’ve had them. πŸ™‚ And as I said, they’re great to have as a light lunch on a really hot day like today. πŸ™‚ Not that I’m complaining about the weather. I love it! πŸ™‚

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Here’s what you need to make the Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Ingredients

  • 300g strawberries sliced
  • 150g Paneer cheese
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 2 paninis, cut in halves
  • 2tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. Arrange the panini bread halves on a baking tray, brush them with the olive oil and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove and top them up with the paneer cheese, basil and sliced strawberries. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with some extra basil leaves, if wished.
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Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

I hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more Summer recipes coming soon. And make sure to stay hydrated. πŸ™‚ 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