Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad

A salad recipe? Really? Yes, because I know you think salad is boring! ๐Ÿ˜› At Life Diet Health we see salad as a plate full of lots of delicious bits, all brought together and suitable as a main or a side. Usually a salad will contain some raw vegetables and often something cooked and served warm. This salad is a mix of those yummy bits in the fridge that you bought thinking you’d use, then forgot about! There’s sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and pesto, matched with big butter beans, spicy rocket, creamy avocado, juicy tomato and crunchy green beans. Drizzled with a bit of lemon juice and sprinkled with lightly toasted pumpkin seeds. Delicious!ย  ๐Ÿ˜€ This recipe was inspired from a recent recipe at Mindful Chef.ย They are a subscription service in the UK which although relatively expensive can save you time and give you great ideas for meals! We’ve found that they are one of the better delivery services but they are only human and humans make errors – which they do quickly and happily rectify, but it can be a bit annoying when you’re trying to follow a recipe! (If you’re in the UK and want to try Mindful Chef, contact me for a discount code)!

How’s your week been? Have you been watching the World Cup? I’m not really a football fan but I did ‘have’ to watch the England game yesterday! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, if you’re in the UK are you fed up of the hot weather or still enjoying it? We’re loving having barbecues, eating ice-cream, lazy days in the garden and picking fresh berries from the allotment (strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries as well as red and black currants). We’re not loving having to water everything though and it appears our soil has turned ‘hydrophobic‘ – that is that the soil is repelling the water rather than letting it soak in! The water collects on the surface in little pools and refuses to move- even when holes are made with a fork! When we turn the soil over, we’re getting dusty bone dry soil underneath the water! We’re hoping the plants will still grow although several appear to have not come through at all. We’ll keep trying! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m sharing this over at Fiesta Friday this week where I am co-hosting (Laurena @ Life Diet Health) with the lovely Antonia @Zoale.comย Please pop over and say hello, have a look around and if you have something to share it’s easy to link up (remember to add all three links on your post for a chance to be featured next week). Don’t forget to have a look around, pin, like and comment… there’s so much to see! ๐Ÿ˜€

Back to the salad… Here’s the recipe! Let me know if you try it as it is or, if you try making it with the suggestions in the tips! Don’t be afraid to comment, like, share, follow ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! Speak soon.

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Mediterranean Salad

A hearty flavoursome salad perfect for lazy Summer days.

Course Main Course
Keyword salad
Time 15 minutes
Serves 2
Created by: Laurena @LifeDietHealth

Gather

  • 1 teaspoon oil we used coconut
  • 1 x 400g tin butter beans drained or chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon green pesto or red pesto if you have it
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • Salt to taste we used pink Himalayan
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • 150g round green beans trimmed and halved
  • 6-8 sundried tomatoes chopped preferably in oil
  • 5-6 artichoke hearts chopped preferably in oil
  • 1 crunchy firm leaved lettuce such as little gem, cos, romaine
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice or lime
  • 1 handful rocket
  • 1 small handful pumpkin seeds dry toasted pine nuts or sesame seeds also work

Prepare

  1. Heat the oil in a medium sized frying pan (or wok pan) and add the butter beans. Cook for a minute then stir in the pesto, tomato puree, salt and pepper.

  2. Par boil the green beans for three minutes, then drain (you can cook them in boiling water in the microwave, in a pan or alternatively steam them). Add them to the pan with the butter beans.

  3. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes, gently stir through and turn the heat off.

  4. Arrange the lettuce on a plate and add tomato and avocado slices to the lettuce - squeeze lemon over the avocado then throw the rocket over the plate, and top with the warm bean mix. Sprinkle over the pumpkin seeds and serve immediately.

  5. Enjoy!

Tips & Storage

  • Assemble the salad when you are ready to eat to ensure the lettuce and rocket stay crunchy.
  • Try using different beans such as borlotti beans or haricot beans.
  • Instead of pesto and tomato puree use barbecue relish.
  • Vary the amount of sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes or add marinated aubergine, mushrooms or olives.
  • Serve as a main for one person, a generous side for two people or as appetisers (fill the lettuce with the bean mixture).
  • Instead of green beans, use strips of char-grilled courgettes.
  • Add a sprinkling of cajun or chili if you like things a bit spicy!
  • Store any left over salad in the fridge for one day (the bean mixture will last for 3 days in the fridge).
  • Can be served cold.

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29 Comments

  • Eva 4th Jul 2018 at 21:52

    Hi Laurena, we’ve been eating this way every night so far after coming back from property viewings lol. Yes, I watched the England match and was very pleasantly surprised- I hope the neighbours didn’t hear me squeal with a mixture of relief and joy haha (I really couldn’t care less about football the rest of the year!). I must admit my Greek background helps me when it comes to words like ‘hydrophobic’ hehe๐Ÿ˜œHope the soil behaves itself soon though, sounds a bit annoying for you x

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 5th Jul 2018 at 23:50

      Ooo yum! Any luck on somewhere to live? I’m intrigued to know if they all have kitchens? ๐Ÿ˜› Are you watching the game on Saturday? Aghhh the soil – watch this space!!!

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      • Eva 8th Jul 2018 at 23:04

        Hi again, I thought I had already replied but obviously not lol… There’s one property we like (kitchen included haha) but I won’t get too excited about it just yet (like the England match this Wednesday๐Ÿ˜›)

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        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
          Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th Jul 2018 at 08:16

          OMGosh… football!!! I didn’t even know I liked football!!! ๐Ÿ˜› Ooo, are you checking out the property again (woohoo to kitchen)!!!

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          • Eva 9th Jul 2018 at 10:34

            We’ll be viewing the property again today๐Ÿ˜ƒAhh, yes, my inner football supporter has come out, I think it’s been lying dormant since Euro’96! It’s just so lovely seeing them play as a team and actually looking like they want to be there, haha. Oh, and I’ve become a big Gareth Southgate fan, all is forgiven about that missed penalty lol.
            Have a good week…and enjoy the match, eek๐Ÿ˜ญ

          • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
            Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th Jul 2018 at 17:02

            So… how was the viewing? new home? or still looking? Eeek to Wednesday… Football’s coming home, it’s coming home….

          • Eva 9th Jul 2018 at 18:22

            Looks like we have a new home, fingers crossed- but don’t want to jinx it (like all these people already singing football’s coming home๐Ÿ˜œ)- Gareth would say take each day at a time, he’s my new guru haha๐Ÿ˜„

          • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
            Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th Jul 2018 at 22:00

            Ooo ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ exciting stuff๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผOh yes… Gareth! Have you got your waistcoat out for Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜‹

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 8th Jul 2018 at 13:57

    I looove salads! The family not so much, so sad. And I canโ€™t make single portion salads if my life depends on it. A head of lettuce, a tomato, a cucumber, suddenly itโ€™s a gigantic bowl! Then Iโ€™m stuck with it for days, since the family doesnโ€™t help. So most of the time I get my salad fix from the salad bar. There should be another way! Tell me how, oh salad sage ๐Ÿ˜„ Thanks for cohosting! #fiestafriday

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  • TurksWhoEat 8th Jul 2018 at 20:49

    Such a delightful and refreshing Summer salad! It’s been very hot here so salads have been a go-to dinner since I don’t have to turn on the oven lol!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th Jul 2018 at 22:19

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh yes, salads (& barbecues) are the way in this weather! Anything particular you have on your salads?

      Reply
  • Patrick@looneyforfood.com 9th Jul 2018 at 00:00

    Salads are anything but boring in my opinion and I love Mediterranean flavors. This looks and sounds delicious.
    My Grandfather happens to be a former professional soccer player so I am a bit of a fan. I watched the England game as well.

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th Jul 2018 at 08:18

      Thank you Patrick! Mediterranean flavours are so delicious I think! Wow… a former professional footie player in the family, that’s great (feel free to name drop)! Are you watching on Wednesday too?

      Reply
  • Antonia 9th Jul 2018 at 03:06

    I am a huge salad fan and love to see new recipes. This looks so delicious and just perfect for summertime! I am so glad to be co-hosting with you! Thank you for bringing your yummy salad with you, Laurena! Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th Jul 2018 at 08:22

      Hey! Hello fellow co-host! Thank you! What a lot of delicious goodies I’m finding at this weeks Fiesta! I’ve already planned at least two new meals for dinner this week!!! ๐Ÿ˜› It’s definitely salad weather here Antonia – we’re expecting our first specks of rain in a month here today (hooray)! Hope you had a great weekend.

      Reply
  • Eva 10th Jul 2018 at 08:55

    Lol about the waistcoat, don’t think I’ve worn one since before most of this current squad were born- I recall it being quite trendy in ’93๐Ÿ˜œ

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 10th Jul 2018 at 11:54

      Well Eva, apparently tomorrow has been renamed ‘Waistcoat Wednesday’!!!

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      • Eva 10th Jul 2018 at 20:26

        Brilliant! ๐Ÿ˜ƒHaha

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  • frugal hausfrau 10th Jul 2018 at 10:26

    What a great salad! Truly has everything you need. Honestly, I heard something about the World Cup and I thought it was a sailing competition! I’m so ignorant about sports! Sounds like your garden needs some amendments, maybe compost or peat moss. Here we have places that can test the soil for free through our county gov’t, so maybe they have someplace like that there where you can bring a sample? While I’m here, happy FF and thanks for hosting for us~

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 10th Jul 2018 at 11:53

      Oh Mollie that made me giggle! I’m not a football fan but it’s kind of gone crazy over here! Thanks… Salad is delicious and definitely needed in this heatwave we’ve got. I never thought about getting the soil tested- I’ll look into that thank you… in the meantime I’ll add some compost Thank you. x

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  • Judith A Graber 10th Jul 2018 at 11:42

    Great salad Laurena. I often have a simple one every night and it’s nice to have a different recipe to make. Interesting your “dressing” is oil, pesto and tomato puree – sounds good to me ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 10th Jul 2018 at 11:50

      Thank you Judi. Lovely to see you over at my new website (did you notice it had changed)!?

      Reply
  • Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook 11th Jul 2018 at 09:51

    I love the new look! I am not sure if I’ve visited before. Just in case yes, I am telling you again. Hahaha

    What a delicious and refreshing salad! Thanks for sharing and for co-hosting, Laurena. x

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 11th Jul 2018 at 10:08

      Thanks Jhuls… Definitely still salad weather here (although a ‘bit’ cloudy & cooler today). Maybe you haven’t been to this new site before as my old subscribers no longer get weekly emails and need to subscribe again to keep in the loop (hint-hint๐Ÿ˜‹)!!! Always a pleasure to co-host (it’s me again soon!) xxx

      Reply
  • Sam steven 12th Jul 2018 at 05:53

    Nice post!!!

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  • Robotance 31st Jul 2018 at 13:23

    The salad looks delicious. I love the dressing and the mixture of so many ingredients chosen by you. Great work! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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