31 Days of World Flavors: Day 31


31 Days of World Flavors: Day 31

On the final day of Nationwide Diet Month and the final day of my “31 Days of World Flavors” collection, my colleague and buddy Dr. Keith Ayoob is sharing why he loves thyme — which is the flavour we’re celebrating right now.

Thyme

There may be common thyme which is type of a dry “shrub” however broad-leaf thyme is a extra succulent, crunchy leaf that dices up nicely and provides a lighter, however nonetheless “herby” taste that wakes up the same old salad components. I believe the flavour is extra like oregano.  It’s generally known as “Spanish thyme.”  It’s finest contemporary, and along with salads, I’ve added it to bean dishes and stir-fries.  It’s additionally very appropriate with fish dishes.

I really like broad-leaf thyme chopped into salads, and it’s glorious added to savory bean dishes. This salad beneath can incorporate every part, together with protein, tons of fiber, some fruit, and naturally a number of veggies. It’s additionally nice for utilizing up leftovers.

Courtesy of Keith Ayoob

Keith’s Chopped Salad 

Fill a big mixing bowl with the next:

  • Romaine leaves
  • Arugula
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Fennel (I slice this thinly sliced, relatively than chopped)
  • 2 or 3 leaves of broadleaf thyme, minced
  • Non-obligatory, however good: pitted, chopped olives, pickled peppers, or contemporary candy peppers, radishes, cooked greens, any leftover canned beans (garbanzos, black beans, no matter you’ve), diced pears (purple pears are nice when you have them)
  • Protein choices, if it’s a fundamental course: crumbled feta, goat, bleu cheese or diced mozzarella, hard-cooked eggs, quartered, poached or broiled fish (salmon is fabulous with this)
  • Grated parmesan

Instructions: Chop all of the components however slice the fennel and mince the broadleaf thyme as famous, and add every part to the bowl. Toss all of it collectively till properly mixed.  Dressing: In our home, it’s EVOO and Balsamic, at a ratio of about 2 components EVOO to 1 half Balsamic. If I’ve some Balsamic syrup, I’ll drizzle it throughout after I’ve dressed the salad. A fat-free Italian is okay too and makes the salad or meal even leaner.  Cross the grated parmesan for sprinkling on high to everybody’s style.  You might wish to save the proteins so as to add on high, when serving.

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