Fresh Citrus Salad

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Here it is, ladies and gents — summer in a single salad.

Fresh, insanely easy to put together and nice and light — you can’t go wrong with serving this nice citrusy salad with any meal.

 

Ingredients:

  1. 1 grapefruit
  2. 1 navel orange
  3. pumpkin seeds
  4. fennel
  5. chili flakes
  6. watercress (arugula, baby spinach or chard works fine)
  7. olive oil
  8. sea salt
  9. mint leaves

 

How to make it:

  • First, slice the grapefruit and orange as thin as you can without chopping off your fingers.
  • Then, place on the plate you’re going to serve it in.
  • Slice the white part of the fennel onto the citrus
  • sprinkle on the watercress leaves, chili flakes, mint leaves and sea salt
  • drizzle on some olive oil and you’re good to go!

 

That’s it, you’re done! It’s gorgeous, amazingly fresh and the kick of the chili adds just the right flavor to bring this fresh salad all together!

 

Give it a try and follow me on instagram, folks: @straightupbananas

Quick Mexican Chopped Salad with a lime and yogurt dressing

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If it’s got avocado, count me in any day, son! This super simple and very filling chicken Mexican chopped salad is perfect for lunch–at work or at home.

Ingredients:

  • Crunchy greens of your choice (I used Boston lettuce)
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of sweet corn
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 grilled chicken breast (seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin)
  • 1 mashed avocado
  • 7 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Chopped coriander
  • Chopped spring onions
  • ½ an orange bell pepper, sliced thinly

Dressing ingredients:

  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of water

Method:

First of all, season the chicken breast with salt, pepper, cumin and paprika and grill till cooked through.

Then, prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Place the crunchy greens in a salad bowl and top with all the toppings listed above.

Slice grilled chicken over salad and drizzle the yogurt and lime dressing on top.

Enjoy 🙂

 

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Healthy avocado and yogurt mousse

Avocado yogurt mousse

So here’s the deal, I’m a sucker for a creamy sauce on my food. Two years ago, I got rid of my mayo obsession, but I’m constantly searching for ways to make a nice creamy sauce or dressing that is clean, healthy and super quick to make and that’s how I came up with this healthy, but oh-so-creamy avocado and yogurt mousse.

So far, I’ve used this sauce as a dressing for a Mexican-style salad I made, as a hollandaise sauce over some poached eggs and as a dip for my homemade roasted sweet potato fries. (You can see that in the picture up there I used not only the leftover sauce, but also leftover sweet potato fries).

I recently gifted myself one of those Braun handheld blenders and I can’t seem to stop myself from blending everything within sight.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4 tablespoons of yogurt (laban)
  • a glug of olive oil
  • the juice of a lime
  • any herb that you like (I used some spring onions and cilantro)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

The method behind my madness:

Get ready for the easiest, tastiest and creamiest sauce you’ve ever made.

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and blend well with a handheld blender (you could also put it in a regular blender…but that’ll just result in more dishes and ain’t nobody got time for dat.)

That’s all, folks! How easy was that? I promise you this easy, quick and healthy mousse will have you coming back for me–best thing is, you don’t have to feel guilty about it!

Follow me on Instagram since you’re here, why don’t you?

Heading off to the relaunch of #TheHide in a bit, so I’m trying to get my greens before the big ol’ meat binge.

Here we’ve go a mixed greens salad topped with capers, tomatoes, chia seeds and that extra creamy avocado and spinach sauce I made for yesterday’s pasta!

#doubleduty #leftovers #straightupbananas #lifeofablogger #food #salad #easy #delicious #quick #hungry #avocado #healthy #workfromhome #freelancer #lunch #eat #eatclean (at Dubailand)

This just happened and it was marvelous. Marvelous, I tell you!

Here we’ve got baked organic salmon topped with dill, spring onions and lemon on top a bed of baby spinach, walnuts, strawberries and avocado salad tossed in a warm balsamic vinaigrette with some rosemary and garlic roasted baby potatoes.

I know it sounds like an insane about of ingredients, but this literally took me 15 minutes to put on the table and in and around my mouth 😗👄👅 What are you eating/going to eat/have eaten? Lol

#straightupbananas #french #salad #salmon #avocado #avo #healthy #delicious #food #foodporn #foodgasm #fit #foodgasm #foodie #homemade #icook #happy #love #eatclean #eat #dubaifood #dubaifoodie #foodblogger #dubai (at Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Just loving the weather these days. Outdoor lunches with hilarious company, who could complain, right?

#mediacity #dmc #dubai #circleuae #circle #straightupbananas #yum #healthy #salad #lunch #food #zomato #zomatouae #eat #dubaifood #foodie #foodporn #foodphotooftheday #foodpic (at Circle Cafe Dubai Media City)

I’ve got a love-love relationship with fresh dill. Unfortunately, supermarkets in Dubai tend to sell fennel leaves mascarading as dill.

This here glorious salad is shaved cucumber, pickled red onion and lots of fresh dill. #sogood

#eatwithme #foodie #foodgasm #foodporn #healthy #food #straightupbananas #salad #vegetarian #raw #vegan #recipe #love #amazing #yum #delicious #hungry #eat #dubaifood (at Dubai, UAE)

Dubai’s amazing weather is always worth savoring. I like to spend my times outdoors over the weekend.

To compliment the fresh weather, I made this watermelon, feta, mint and basil salad!

What do you like to do now that the weather is so great?

#dubai #winter #dubaiwinters #straightupbananas #recipe #fresh #salad #watermelon #amazing #yum #eatclean #eat #food #foodporn #foodgasm #fit #thin #love (at Dubai Media City)

Bateel’s warm lentil and arugula salad with Umbrian burrata is a thing of beauty! Never get over the quality of food and sensible pricing of that place.

This post is in no way sponsored. I just genuinely love their quality of food.

#bateel #umbria #italian #salad #fresh #dinner #yum #delicious #hungry #eat #food #foodporn #foodgasm #dubaifood #dubaifoodie #foodblogger #straightupbananas #arabianranches (at Bateel)

I’ve been a bit swamped since I got back from Thailand and haven’t been able to cook as much as I’d like. Luckily, in Media City I’m always spoilt for choice when it comes to good quality healthy eats!

This here is Avec’s lovely chicken masala wrap with a little side salad. Priced at 35 dirhams for the whole shabang, definitely worth the money!

#avec #mediacity #dubai #lunch #food #foodporn #foodgasm #dubaifood #dubaifoodie #foodblogger #straightupbananas #dubaimediacity #delicious #hungry #eat #zomato #salad #sandwich (at Avec)