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31 Days of International Flavors: Day 31


31 Days of International Flavors: Day 31

On the final day of Nationwide Vitamin Month and the final day of my “31 Days of International Flavors” collection, my colleague and good friend Dr. Keith Ayoob is sharing why he loves thyme — which is the flavour we’re celebrating as we speak.

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 standard salad substances. I believe the flavour is extra like oregano.  It’s generally known as “Spanish thyme.”  It’s greatest contemporary, and along with salads, I’ve added it to bean dishes and stir-fries.  It’s additionally very suitable 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 the whole lot, together with protein, tons of fiber, some fruit, and naturally loads 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, moderately 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 might have), diced pears (pink pears are nice if in case you have them)
  • Protein choices, if it’s a major 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 elements 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 ok too and makes the salad or meal even leaner.  Move the grated parmesan for sprinkling on prime to everybody’s style.  You could wish to save the proteins so as to add on prime, when serving.

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