Welcome to the July 2014 edition of No Croutons Required. This long running event showcasing vegetarian soups and salads is alternately hosted by my dear friend Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes. Each month we invite fellow bloggers to send in a treasured recipe. Thanks to everyone who took the time to send in a contribution.
Now settle in and see what is served up this month.
Southwestern Cauliflower Couscous
Blog: Style Nectar
Summer is too short not to celebrate and this refreshing and lively salad is surely a fine way to dine. Cauliflower is whizzed up to a couscous like texture and combined with tomatoes, avocado and red onion. This lovely combination is then dressed up with a lime, olive oil, honey and cumin vinaigrette and garnished with fresh cilantro. Not only is this salad good for you, it's also easy to make.
Minty Black-eyed peas and Avocado Salad
Chef: Born Veggie
Blog: Born Veggie
I adore finding new recipes for earthy black-eyed peas and this nourishing salad with avocado, red onion and tomato sounds like a winning combination. Dressed with fresh mint, garlic, chilies, ginger and lime juice, this is surely a must feature dish for your patio tables and it's a snap to put together too.
Blueberry and Goat Cheese Salad with Mushrooms
Blog: Lisa's Kitchen
Location: Ontario, Canada
My contribution this month is inspired by my love of blueberries. Sweet and vibrant local blueberries feature in a savory salad with creamy and tangy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts, crisp salad greens and earthy and succulent mushrooms. I dressed up all of these stunning flavors with a lively balsamic vinaigrette for an ideal summer meal.
Black Bean Zesty (Chaat) Salad
Blog: Healthy Eats for All
A spicy legume dish never fails to stimulate my appetite and this zesty salad is just the thing to satisfy a craving. Black beans are featured along with a multitude of veggies that can be interchanged to suit your preference. Manpreet used celery, red and green cabbage, cucumber, tomato, potato, carrots, peppers and dark green leafy vegetables for her salad that she dressed with lemon juice, olive oil and chaat masala. The goodness of legumes and vegetables certainly shine here in all their glory.
Brazilian Black Bean and Seitan Stew
Blog: The Taste Space
Salads are a favorite for summer meals, but soups and stews are still in order, especially here in Canada right now as it is unseasonably cool. Black beans star in this Brazilian / Afro inspired stew along with onion, garlic, tomatoes, bell pepper and allspice. This hearty dish is then garnished with cider vinegar dipped seitan coated in cornmeal alongside lemon cream with parsley. Certainly a nourishing and fulfilling meal to be enjoyed anytime of year.
Tomatoes with a Greek Salad Dressing
Blog: How to Cook Good Food
One of the delights of summer salads is locally grown tomatoes and Laura dressed them up with a Greek inspired dressing that she says reminds her very much of Caesar dressing. I happen to be an ardent fan of feta and incorporating it into a creamy dressing is certainly appealing. Any number of vegetables can be dressed up with lemon, yogurt, feta and fresh herbs, but here tomatoes and red onion get the royal treatment. Just thinking of the possibilities makes me hungry.
Black-Eyed Pea Soup
Blog: East West Realm
Yet another black-eyed pea recipe is up next that is sure to satisfy and delight the senses. Here this lovely legume meets up with ingredients common to African cuisine. Onion, garlic, green pepper, thyme, paprika, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, carrots and a few drops of hot sauce are combined in this bowl of earthy goodness. Delicious no matter the season.
Warm Mixed Vegetable, Chickpea and Halloumi Salad
Blog: Utterly Scrummy Food for Families
Chickpeas, halloumi and vegetables? Yes please. Wilted spinach is combined with plump chickpeas, zucchini and pepper sauteed in lemon juice and oil and then combined with luscious chunks of fried cheese and tossed with tomatoes garnished with fresh parsley and mint. This lovely salad is surely a meal in a bowl not to be missed.
Brazilian Potato and Bean Stew
Blog: Spices Galore
Black beans and red potatoes feature in this scrumptious stew along with Brazil nuts and peanuts. Legume heaven. Coconut milk makes for a creamy curry, along with the onion, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, spice, lime juice and some fresh cilantro. Served along with some rice, this is a complete and satisfying meal. Delicious.
Chili Coconut Bulgur Wheat Salad
Blog: Allotment to Kitchen
Coconut Chili Relish paired with leftover bulgar, broad beans and roasted carrots and peppers? I'm on board. This Sri Lankan inspired condiment made up of coconut, chilies, onion, coriander and fresh lemon juice adds a nice sweet and spicy savory touch to the salad that clearly ought to be served up for a refreshing boost to the palate and body.
Pea and Mint Soup
Blog: Leeks & Limoni
Fresh herbs are something to take advantage of when you can grow them, and paired here with green peas and spring onions in an easy soup, this is surely a perfect summer dish. Served hot or chilled, with a swirl of yogurt, loaded with plenty of fresh mint, you and your diners are in for a treat.
Smoky Kidney Bean Soup
Blog: Green Gourmet Giraffe
Johanna reflects on the benefits and drawbacks of a vegetarian 5:2 diet and there is only positive energy coming from this lovely kidney bean soup. Coming together in this bowl of goodness we have luscious legumes, carrots, mushrooms, pumpkin, tomatoes, cumin, paprika, coriander and cayenne. Certainly plenty of nourishing recipes to try she presents, no matter if you are on a diet or not.
Quick and Easy Gazpacho
Blog: Bangers and Mash
Gazpacho is indeed glorious, especially when you treat it much like a salad, with little fuss, and whiz everything up in a food processor. Having fresh herbs on hand, I adore the combination of combination of mint and basil combined with tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, garlic and lemon juice. Gorgeous, even when it is cool outside.
Rich Tomato Blender Soup
Blog: Tinned Tomatoes
Location: Scotland, UK
An intense soup is sure to stimulate appetites. My partner in arms for NCR whizzed up this luscious and creamy creation and it's raw too. Tomatoes, celery, some sweetness, fresh coriander, veggie stock and seasoning come together in little time at all for a most nourishing meal. Quick meals never need to be boring.
Bottom of the Fridge Minestrone
Blog: Onions and Paper
Veggies that are nearing the end of their freshness always have a place. Waste not want not. Purge your fridge and pantry of onions, tomato, veggies, garlic, fresh herbs, pasta and some grated Parmesan and serve it up in a bowl of deliciousness. Yet another quick and easy meal to nourish the soul and body.
And that concludes the July roundup. Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes will be hosting the next edition of No Croutons Required. Thanks for your continued support and wonderful recipes.