aztec super seed salad with avocado & fresh lime (gf, rsf, keto, paleo)

this salad is inspired by one of the best salads i have ever had – at chi wah wah down christchurch’s terrace.  i had to try and remake it!

fresh fresh fresh, with loads of texture…the creaminess of the avocado pairs beautifully with the sour, salty asian style dressing.

high in vitamins, antioxidants and omega 3 to name only a few, this salad is a fully balanced meal in its self!

super easy to make, and it maintains its crunchy texture for a couple days after (if you manage to hold back and save some for day two!)

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five spice chicken, avocado & macadamia salad with confit garlic mayo (keto)

this salad is inspired by one i tried at vault 21 in dunedin, new zealand.

the flavours were just incredible, its a salad on steroids – so i knew i had to try my hand at replicating it.

and this is perfect – just like the original.   there is no doubt itll make an impact at your table!

its easy to make.  the effort is in the confit garlic mayo, but please.. pretty please, please make it yourself… the flavour cant be replicated by store bought mayo… i promise itll be worth it and the fam will be impressed!

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harissa chicken, with mango, roasted carrot, feta and spinach

harissa is a beautifully balanced spicy paste with garlic, chilli, roasted red capsicum and spices.  its absolutely delicious.

in this dish harissa is used as a marinade for the chicken.  the spiciness of the chicken balances beautifully with the sweetness from the mango, and the warmth, savoury notes of the roasted carrot.

this salad feels gourmet, its bound to please but its really really easy to make – especially if you buy yourself a really good harissa paste…. look at the ingredients and make sure they are as pure as possible.  you should know every ingredient that goes into it! i use sabato.

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roast cauli, bacon, garlic, cheese and spring onion salad

this salad is so easy to make. its sooooo tasty and full of texture. roasting cauliflower elevates the depth of flavour and sweetens it up which is perfect with the richness of the cheese and saltiness of the bacon.

i paired this beauty of a salad with a medium rare scotch fillet, but its a bloody good side dish thats going to suit pretty much anything you like.

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moroccan lamb with roast carrots, haloumi and mint mayonnaise

this is a delicious salad!  enough said……….

nah, i cant actually help myself….   mint is always a hit with lamb, in this recipe mint ends up in the homemade mayonnaise.  the earthiness and slight chilli hit of the lamb is perfect with the sweet roasted carrot, and yea, i just love hot cheese………… who doesnt?

making mayo is slightly technical, BUT well worth the reward of making it at home.  its much tastier and doesnt have a shit load of additives.  it also gets super quick to make as you master the talent.

if you dont want to make your own, use store bought mayo – i recommend best foods.

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pork steak with fennel and apple remoulade

well this is away from my usual intensity of flavour, but its definitely not short of flavour.

there is a huge hit of freshness with the fennel and apple combination, the crisp texture of the salad balances beautifully with the rich tenderness of a pork steak.

perfect for a weekday evening, its a quick and easy recipe to do, especially if you have a julienne slicer to do the apple and fennel for you (like i do).

you will sound fancy calling it a remoulade, go with it 🙂

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middle eastern chicken salad, with tahini dressing

im always on the hunt for new salad ideas…. i know i have to eat lots of fresh veges to be healthy … but honestly, im just not a big fan of one dimensional salads that you eat because you have to.  it makes veges a chore rather than a joy.  it doesnt have to be that way.

im on a mission to make healthy and nutritious salads…. but to slam dunk it on the flavour too.

this is one of those salads.  flavours pop so much in this dish, you may not even recognise it as a salad.

in fact, dont even tell your kidlings its a salad – they might get the wrong idea.

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moroccan chicken, with basil, grilled apricot, mozzarella, toasted almonds and sugar snap peas

a roaring success.  this is easy to put together and wham bam, thank you mam, the flavour will suggest otherwise ….

the key to success on this baby is the strength of marinade in the chicken – depth is created with the touch of chilli, cinnamon and ginger, all balanced stunningly with my usual marinade faves – garlic, cumin, coriander …..

the grilled apricots match perfectly…. each bite of chicken will have you craving a slice of apricot to be on the fork too………………. so get into it.

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cauliflower, bacon, & basil salad (its a potato salad…. minus the potato)

so this one was a little weird….  i replaced potato with cauliflower in my potato salad.

potato salad aint for everyone eh, cause lets face it, cold potato is a bit weird.  but replacing it with cauliflower added a whole new dimension.

par-boiled cauliflower adds a freshness and a crunchy texture to the dish.  and yea, i would do it again!  would be a good bbq or pot luck dish.

i make my own pickles and mayo which means i can keep it clean by controlling what goes into them. thats how i like it…..  (but use store bought if you want!)

i served this with scotch fillet – but the options are endless.

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spicy chicken kebabs with watermelon, mint, gouda, tamari almonds, and rocket salad

bloody hell, this was a beautiful dish…

the chilli kick of the chicken fires up savagely in your mouth, but is quickly extinguished by the cool and crisp of the watermelon. the nuttiness and creaminess of the gouda cheese, is matched perfectly by the salty almonds…..  and right there alongside it, the mint brings an explosion of palate cleansing freshness.

this is an absolute favourite, it will be yours too.

option: if you don’t have access to soy (tamari) almonds, use toasted almonds and replace the gouda with feta – youll get the same balance of flavours!

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