31 Mar 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” sequence, my colleague and buddy Dr. Keith Ayoob is sharing why he loves thyme — which is the flavour we’re celebrating right this moment.
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 properly and provides a lighter, however nonetheless “herby” taste that wakes up the standard salad substances. I feel the flavour is extra like oregano. It’s typically known as “Spanish thyme.” It’s finest recent, 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 under can incorporate the whole lot, together with protein, tons of fiber, some fruit, and naturally a whole lot of veggies. It’s additionally nice for utilizing up leftovers.
Keith’s Chopped Salad
Fill a big mixing bowl with the next:
- Romaine leaves
- Grape tomatoes
- Fennel (I slice this thinly sliced, moderately than chopped)
- 2 or 3 leaves of broadleaf thyme, minced
- Non-compulsory, however good: pitted, chopped olives, pickled peppers, or recent candy peppers, radishes, cooked greens, any leftover canned beans (garbanzos, black beans, no matter you’ve got), diced pears (purple pears are nice in case you have them)
- Protein choices, if it’s a important 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 substances however slice the fennel and mince the broadleaf thyme as famous, and add the whole lot 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. Move the grated parmesan for sprinkling on prime to everybody’s style. It’s possible you’ll need to save the proteins so as to add on prime, when serving.