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A rocket & radish summer salad

I’m all about that bass having simple, impressive recipes up my sleeve. The type that I can run home from work, whip up in no time and take to a friends. I was after a recipe that was simple but still damn fancy; or at least appears damn fancy. 

easy summer salad recipe for bbq
This rocket and radish salad is just that because it involves Parmesan and walnuts. In my mind, anything with Parmesan and walnuts is fancy.. don’t you agree? Yes? Great, we are now friends. 
It requires very little prep time – just slice a few radishes, shave some Parmesan and STOP, assemble time! *must be wearing  Hammer Pants. 
rocket and radish salad recipe
It is the first time I have ever made a salad with radish, which is really exciting for me (my life….) and something I love about this blog – it pushes me to try new things, acquire new skills and go out of my comfort zone in the kitchen.
Jackson is up for the adventure and he is more than happy to take the good with the bad so he is allowed to stay… for now. 
Speaking of Jackson, he wasn’t completely satisfied with ‘grass and hard milk with purple apple’ for dinner, so I also gave The (awesome) Hungry Babushka’s parmesan popcorn chicken recipe a go as a side. That shut him up real good – take a look, even I was impressed!
simple summer salad recipes
Upon reflection of the ‘first time cooking with radishes thing’, here are some recipes I would have never made it if wasn’t for this blog, and some other fancy things you can make for summer entertaining if this recipe doesn’t float your boat. 

Stuff I would never have eaten *thankyou blog*:
Zucchini Bread
Paneer Biryani
Nut and Seed loaf (GF)
Sour Cherry and Coconut Frozen Yoghurt
How to make Wholemeal Gnocchi

Some other summer salad options: 
Pea and haloumi salad with zucchini ribbon & dill drizzle
Roast cauliflower and farro salad
Pearl couscous broccoli salad

So that brings me to question time, whats a meal you’ve cooked lately that’s out of your comfort zone?

Or do you dare to share a simple salad recipe with me? 

 Have a wonderful day, Bec xo 

Rocket & Radish salad
Serves 2
A flavoursome summer salad with rocket, radishes, avocado, parmesan and walnuts drizzled with a lemon dressing perfect for a BBQ
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  1. 3 washed radishes, thinly sliced
  2. 1 ripe avocado
  3. 2 cups rocket (arugla)
  4. 1/3 cup shaved parmesan/pecorino cheese
  5. 1/3 cup walnuts (unsalted)
For the dressing
  1. 2 tbsp olive oil
  2. juice of 1/4 a lemon
  3. small clove minced garlic
  4. salt
  5. pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon rice malt syrup (or honey/maple) to sweeten
  1. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, crushed salt, pepper and rice malt/honey/maple in a jar/container and shake thoroughly to combine. Set aside
  2. Wash and thinly slice the radishes (season with salt and pepper), dice the avocado and shave the parmesan/pecorino
  3. In a large bowl, combine the rocket, radish, parmesan, avocado, walnuts and drizzle with the shaken dressing once ready to serve - enjoy!
  1. So simple! You can use red wine vinegar or a japanese dressing instead of the lemon dressing.
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  • Reply Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows January 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I made my own duck pancakes with homemade plum sauce recently!

    Plum sauce wasn’t *perfect* but it can improve!

    • Reply Bec January 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      There’s always room to grow and experiences to build on with cooking!!! They sounds fabulous. Great work!

  • Reply Vanya January 13, 2015 at 12:10 am

    YUUUMMM… I will have to try this!! I tried a chicken livers dish today out of the Pete Evens book. I was very hesitant
    preparing it cos it really looks and feels funny but the end result was OMG.

    • Reply Bec January 13, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Yes I am unsure if I could do the livers, but I am sure the end result was tasty and you forgot about it soon after!

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid January 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    This looks super yum! Radishes are the best! Did you try them with the butter yet?!

    • Reply Bec January 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Yes I had buttery salty radishes on toast – mmmmmm THE BEST! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie January 12, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever made a salad with radish either! This looks delish, thanks for joining the linkup again!

    • Reply Bec January 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      It was a pretty successful first time!!! Thanks for hosting x

  • Reply Trish January 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    sounds delicious

    • Reply Bec January 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Trish! It was 🙂

  • Reply Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy January 10, 2015 at 11:03 am

    what a gorgeous dish! 😀

  • Reply Katie January 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Yum! Looks amazing – on the menu for the weekend 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca@Figs and Pigs January 9, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Looks beautiful and healthy. Love the walnut addition.

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