Friday, 19 July 2013

Feta & Beetroot Summer Salad Recipe with Fresh Gourmet

feta and beetroot summer salad recipe


So Summer is here! And what better food for al fresco dining than a yummy salad? The lovely folks at Fresh Gourmet sent me a selection of their range of croutons and toppings that are perfect for summer salads, they include three delicious crouton flavours – Basil Pesto, Cheese & Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper as well as crunchy Crispy Onions. They challenged me to create an experimental salad recipe using at least one of their products and of course I accepted!

As a vegetarian I find that salads feature in quite a lot of my meals, especially over the warmer summer months. I absolutely love a traditional Greek salad and have developed quite a few variations over the years that our whole family enjoy!

I decided to keep a Greek or Mediterranean feel to my salad but create something a bit different. One of my favourite root vegetables is beetroot, it's just so versatile, I love it roasted in the winter, in salads in the summer and in chocolate cake all year round!

I decided to team beetroot with Greek Feta for a yummy summer salad with a twist!

creating a summer salad and dressing recipe

Ingredients:


50g of fresh peppery rocket
3 large salad tomatoes 
1/2 cucumber
100g Greek Feta Cheese
100g Sweetfire Baby Beetroot
80g of green Halkidiki Olives
Fresh Gourmet Sea Salt and cracked Black Pepper Croutons

For the dressing:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Oregano
(quantities to taste)

Preparation:

After washing all of the ingredients and chopping roughly into large chunks, I started with a bed of rocket in the serving bowl, then took the tomato, cucumber, feta, beetroot and olives together and tossed them together in a colander before adding on top of the rocket. I then completed this this tasty offering with a generous sprinkle of of the fresh gourmet croutons.

For the dressing I mixed Extra Virgin Olive oil with Balsamic vinegar and added Oregano to taste, a light but tasty dressing for this summery salad...

Tasting:

All that was left was to taste it! It looked so pretty I didn't want to spoil it, but I soon gave in and I can honestly say it tastes even better than it looks!! I was a bit concerned that the multitude of strong flavours would be a bit much and overpower each other but that was not the case! The sweet beetroot and salty Feta complemented each other perfectly and the peppery rocket was a lovely contrast with the refreshing cucumber and tomato. The well seasoned crispy croutons were an ideal topping, giving the extra bite needed to complete this summer delight. I can see this being a regular for us over the next few months! But don't just take my word for it, my children gave it the thumbs up too... 
Ben, 5 said..."It's really cool and tasty" while Elizabeth, 2 simply went with "More, please?"

Fresh Gourmet Croutons and toppings for salads and soups

The Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper croutons are just one of the new range from Fresh Gourmet, I also really enjoyed the cheese and garlic croutons, which were a lovely addition to a butternut squash soup adding a bit of Italian flavour and extra crunchiness while still taking on the yummy taste of the deliciously sweet squash. The Ciabatta croutons  had a really light and crispy texture and although these were yummy with a more traditional Caesar salad they also made a moreish snack on their own and I found myself eating them straight from the packet!

Fresh Gourmet crispy onions on burgers and sausages from the BBQ

The final product in the range offers something a bit different but just as delicious! The crispy onions were the perfect addition to our burgers and sausages at a recent BBQ they gave added texture and helped to bring the flavours of the meat to the forefront (so i'm told, I had some on a veggie burger!)

Overall I was really impressed with the products on offer from the Fresh Gourmet range and I can see them becoming staples in our cupboard as they are so versatile! Also being baked and not fried makes them a healthier alternative.

At just £2 per large 80g pouch (that is easily resealable for freshness) from most supermarkets, they are a great way of adding some extra texture and taste to a variety of different meals.

So what salad will you be trying them with? Do let me know what you think of my Feta & Beetroot Salad recipe if you try it...

Keep cool x

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2 comments:

  1. Jen, that looks gorgeous! I never feel like a meal is really 'complete' without meat of fish in it! Maybe I should give some of your recipes a try x

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  2. This looks really yummy! Thanks for linking up with #recipeotheweek - there's a new one live now x

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