31 Days of World Flavors: Day 31

31 Days of World Flavors: Day 31

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


There may be common thyme which is kind 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 same old salad elements. I feel the flavour is extra like oregano.  It’s generally referred to 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 wonderful added to savory bean dishes. This salad beneath can incorporate every little thing, together with protein, tons of fiber, some fruit, and naturally lots 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, slightly 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’ve got them)
  • Protein choices, if it’s a foremost 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 elements however slice the fennel and mince the broadleaf thyme as famous, and add every little thing 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 need to save the proteins so as to add on high, when serving.

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