Prosciutto and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction / Salata sa pršutom, mozzarellom i reduciranim acetom balsamicom

Merry Christmas, dear friends! I hope you had a lovely and relaxing time. And that there was plenty of good food. 🙂

Since the festivities are still in full swing, I bring you something quick and easy, but also a bit fancy looking. This salad is definitely more of a concept, than it is a recipe, but it is definitely gonna up your holiday table game. Also, it will work great either as an antipasto, or as a full meal if served with a nice hunk of crusty bread.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1-2 servings / 3.40 EUR)

¼ cup of balsamic vinegar (0.33 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

Large handful of fresh baby spinach (0.67 EUR)

6 large cherry tomatoes (0.80 EUR)

1 ball of mozzarella cheese (0.80 EUR)

3-4 thin slices of prosciutto (0.67 EUR)

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METHOD:

To make the balsamic reduction, add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until thickened and reduced in volume. The reduction will thicken even more as it cools down. You can always prepare more balsamic reduction ahead of time and store it in the fridge, as it will keep there for weeks.

Prepare everything else once the balsamic reduction is done and cooled. Rinse and pat dry baby spinach and tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into quarters. Arrange the spinach on a large plate and scatter tomato quarters on top. Season with a good drizzle of balsamic reduction and olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tear the mozzarella ball and prosciutto slices into bite sized pieces and scatter on top of the veggies. Add a bit more balsamic reduction, olive oil and black pepper. Serve immediately.

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Dragi prijatelji, sretan vam Božić! Nadam se da ste se lijepo proveli i opustili. I naravno, da ste uživali u puno fine hrane. 🙂

Obzirom kako nam slavlja i dalje traju, evo vam jedna jednostavna i brza salata, koja također izgleda i prilično fensi. Iako je ovo više nekakav koncept, nego pravi recept, definitivno će vam podignuti blagdanski stol. Također, ovu salatu možete poslužiti i kao hladno predjelo, ali i kao glavno jelo uz neki lijepi komad hrskavog kruha.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1-2 porcije / 25,42 kn)

¼ šalice aceta balsamica (2,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

Veliki pregršt svježeg baby špinata (5,00 kn)

6 velikih cherry rajčica (6,00 kn)

1 loptica mozzarelle (6,00 kn)

3-4 tanke šnite pršuta (5,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Pripremite reducirani aceto tako da aceto balsamico stavite u malu posudicu na jaku vatru i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru, pa krčkajte desetak minuta, dok se ne zgusne i ne reducira. Imajte na umu kako će se aceto još dodatno zgusnuti kako se bude hladio. Možete slobodno pripremiti veću količinu pa višak čuvati u hladnjaku, pošto će držati i nekoliko tjedana.

Kada je reducirani aceto spreman i ohlađen, priredite sve ostalo. Operite i kuhinjskim ručnikom posušite špinat i rajčice. Rajčice narežite na četvrtine. Špinat rasporedite po velikom tanjuru i po njemu raštrkajte kriške rajčica. Dobro začinite sa reduciranim acetom, maslinovim uljem, soli i paprom. Mozzarellu i pršut natrgajte na komadiće veličine zalogaja, pa rasporedite po špinatu i rajčicama. Dodajte još mrvicu acceta, maslinovog ulja i crnog papra, te odmah poslužite.

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Prosciutto and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction / Salata sa pršutom, mozzarellom i reduciranim acetom balsamicom

Bean, Olive and Caper Salad with Balsamic Reduction (vegan) / Salata od graha, maslina i kapara sa reduciranim acetom balsamicom (veganska)

This salad is really killing it, but is super easy and quick to make. The balsamic reduction takes things to a whole new level and I suggest you cook up a bigger batch and store any extras in the fridge for future recipes.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 1.08 EUR per serving / 2.16 EUR for all)

¼ cup of balsamic vinegar (0.33 EUR)

1 can beans (0.67 EUR)

½ cup pitted green olives (0.40 EUR)

3 tbsp capers (0.40 EUR)

1 small purple onion (0.10 EUR)

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

To make the balsamic reduction, add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until thickened and reduced in volume. The reduction will thicken even more as it cools down.

While the balsamic vinegar is simmering, rinse beans, olives and capers under running water and leave to drain. Chop the olives into rounds. Peel and finely dice the red onion. Toss all of the ingredients together once the balsamic reduction cools down. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve chilled.

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Ova salata je mrak, a ujedno i jako jednostavna i brza za pripremiti. Reducirani aceto daje još onaj ekstra štih, a moja je preporuka da si svakako pripremite malo ekstra aceta da imate za buduće recepte, te ga u međuvremenu čuvate u frižideru.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 8,09 kn po porciji / 16,17 kn za sve)

¼ šalice aceta balsamica (2,50 kn)

1 konzerva graha (5,00 kn)

½ šalice odkoštenih zelenih maslina (3,00 kn)

3 žlice kapara (3,00 kn)

1 mali ljubičasti luk (0,75 kn)

2 žlice svježeg sjeckanog peršina (1,00 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Pripremite reducirani aceto tako da aceto balsamico stavite u malu posudicu na jaku vatru i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru, pa krčkajte desetak minuta, dok se ne zgusne i ne reducira. Imajte na umu kako će se aceto još dodatno zgusnuti kako se bude hladio.

Dok se aceto krčka, isperite grah, masline i kapare pod mlazom vode i stavite da se sve dobro ocijedi. Masline narežite na kolutiće. Luk ogulite i sitno nasjeckajte. Pomiješajte sve sastojke kada se reducirani aceto ohladi. Kušajte i prilagodite začine, te poslužite ohlađeno.

Bean, Olive and Caper Salad with Balsamic Reduction (vegan) / Salata od graha, maslina i kapara sa reduciranim acetom balsamicom (veganska)

Paleo Tabbouleh (vegan) / Paleo libanonska salata tabbouleh (veganska)

I’m gonna come clean right away and admit that I’ve never tasted actual Tabbouleh in my life. However, it’s been popping up lately wherever I look on the internet, and since tomatoes and cucumbers just appeared on the markets, I took it as a sign. Also, I decided to make this paleo and use sunflower seeds instead of traditional bulgur.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 0.90 EUR per serving / 1.79 EUR for all)

1 small red onion (0.10 EUR)

1 large cucumber (0.27 EUR)

3 tomatoes (0.40 EUR)

Large handful of fresh parsley (0.27 EUR)

Small handful of fresh mint (0.13 EUR)

½ cup sunflower seeds (0.13 EUR)

Juice of 1 lemon (0.27 EUR)

4 tbsp olive oil (0.18 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel the onion and wash and pat dry all the veggies and herbs. Cut the cucumber lengthwise, first in halves and then in quarters, then cut out and discard all the seeds. Finely chop up everything and then toss together with sunflowers seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. This salad is best when fresh, but it will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for a day or two.

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Da odmah priznam, pravi libanonski tabbouleh nisam nikada imala prilike probati. Međutim, zadnjih dana svako malo naletim na neki tabbouleh recept na internetu, a pošto su se na placu upravo pojavile divne rajčice i krastavci, shvatila sam to kao znak. Također, odlučila sam ga napraviti paleo, pa sam umjesto bulgura koji se tradicionalno koristi u ovoj salati odlučila upotrijebiti suncokretove sjemenke.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 6,67 kn po porciji / 13,33 kn za sve)

1 mali ljubičasti luk (0,75 kn)

1 veliki krastavac (2,00 kn)

3 rajčice (3,00 kn)

Veliki pregršt svježeg peršina (2,00 kn)

Malo svježe mente (1,00 kn)

½ šalice suncokretovih sjemenki (1,00 kn)

Sok od 1 limuna (2,00 kn)

4 žlice maslinovog ulja (1,32 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite luk te operite i papirnatim ručnikom posušite svo povrće i zelenje. Krastavac po dužini raspolovite i onda raščetvorite, pa izrežite van i bacite sjemenke. Fino sve nasjeckajte i pomiješajte sa suncokretovim sjemenkama, limunovim sokom, maslinovim uljem, soli i paprom. Ova je salata najbolja kada je svježa, ali držati će u hermetički zatvorenoj posudi u hladnjaku dan ili dva.

Paleo Tabbouleh (vegan) / Paleo libanonska salata tabbouleh (veganska)

Crunchy Winter Salad (vegan) / Hrskava zimska salata (veganska)

I’m still trying to gain my footing from all the holiday overeating so my body just craved a salad. But I decided to fancy stuff up a bit and throw together some greens, fruits and nuts, which I think is always a good idea in a salad as it gives an interesting mix of textures and flavors. Plus, plain salads are pretty boring and generally leave me unimpressed.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / EUR per serving / 1.72 EUR for all)

2 cups shredded purple cabbage (0.27 EUR)

2 cups arugula (0.40 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2 tbsp lemon juice (0.13 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

1 apple (0.20 EUR)

1 orange (0.20 EUR)

¼ cup walnuts (0.40 EUR)

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METHOD:

Toss the cabbage and arugula with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and divide between two plates. Core and thinly slice the apple. Peel and thinly cut the orange. Arrange the apple and orange slices over cabbage and arugula, then sprinkle everything with walnuts. Serve immediately.

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Još uvijek pokušavam stati na lopticu od svog onog blagdanskog prejedanja, pa mi je organizam bio željan salate. Međutim, odlučila sam biti malo fensi i pomiješati skupa zelenjavu, voće i orašaste plodove, što je po meni uvijek dobra ideja jer salatama daje zanimljivu mješavinu tekstura i okusa. Osim toga, obične su salate poprilično dosadne i generalno me baš i ne impresioniraju.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 6,41 kn po porciji / 12,82 kn za sve)

2 šalice ribanog crvenog kupusa (2,00 kn)

2 šalice rukole (3,00 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2 žlice limunovog soka (1,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

1 jabuka (1,50 kn)

1 naranča (1,50 kn)

¼ šalice oraha (3,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Kupus i rukolu pomiješajte sa maslinovim uljem, limunovim sokom, soli i paprom, pa raspodjelite između dva tanjura. Očistite jabuku od koštica i narežite na tanke kriške. Ogulite i tanko narežite naranču. Poslažite šnite jabuke i naranče preko kupusa i rukole, pa sve posipajte orasima. Poslužite odmah.

Crunchy Winter Salad (vegan) / Hrskava zimska salata (veganska)

Olive and caper paste (Tapenade) / Pasta od maslina i kapara (tapenada)

Honestly, this recipe is super simple and might seem like a waste of olives. But I’ve been really enjoying it as a salad dressing lately, so I’ve decided to share it with you guys. Also, the olives add a ton of healthy fats to the salad situations and make a bag of humble greens combined with some cooked grains into a luxurious lunch.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about ½ cup / 1.12 EUR)

½ cup pitted green olives (0.40 EUR)

2 tbsp capers (0.27 EUR)

2 salted anchovy fillets (0.13 EUR)

1 garlic clove (0.03 EUR)

3 tbsp olive oil (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp lemon juice (0.13 EUR)

½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Throw all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until a thick, slightly chunky paste forms. Taste and adjust seasoning.Since olives, capers and anchovies are all salty, I find that there is no need for additional salt here, but all taste buds are different.

Use for smearing on toasted bread, for dipping veggies or crackers, as a pizza topping, or as a salad dressing, which is my personal favorite.

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Iskreno, ovaj je recept jako jednostavan i možda vam se čini kao gubitak maslina. Ali ja ga jako često koristim u zadnje vrijeme kao dresing za salatu, pa sam ga odlučila podijeliti i sa vama. Osim toga, masline salati dodaju hrpu zdravih masnoća, a skromnu vrećicu zelenjave u kombinaciji sa kuhanim žitaricama transformiraju u luksuzni ručak.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko ½ šalice / 8,49kn)

½ šalice iskoštenih zelenih maslina (3,00 kn)

2 žlice kapara (2,00 kn)

2 slana fileta inćuna (1,00 kn)

1 češanj češnjaka (0,25 kn)

3 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,99 kn)

1 žlica limunovog soka (1,00 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog prapra (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ubacite sve sastojke u multipraktik i pulsirajte dok ne dobijete gustu pastu sa nešto komadića. Kušajte i prilagodite začine. Pošto su masline, kapare i inćuni svi slani, meni tu ne treba dodatne soli, ali svako je nepce drugačije.

Tapenadu koristite kao namaz za tostirani kruh, sos za umakanje povrća ili krekera, kao nadjev za pizzu, ili kao dresing za salatu, a što je meni najdraža opcija.

Olive and caper paste (Tapenade) / Pasta od maslina i kapara (tapenada)

Roasted Horn Pepper Salad (vegan) / Salata od pečenih paprika roga (veganska)

Here is a super quick and easy recipe for my favorite snack or salad of the season. The secret, of course, is in slathering the roasted peppers in minced garlic, so therefore this salad maybe isn’t the best idea for a first date. However, once you get comfy enough with each other, I thoroughly encourage you to enjoy this salad, and all the accompanying garlic fumes it ensures, with your significant other. 😀

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 generous servings / 0.80 EUR per serving / 1.60 EUR for all)

10 red horn peppers (1.33 EUR)

4 garlic cloves, minced (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Wash the peppers and spread out in a baking dish. Roast for one hour, until charred and blistered. Transfer the hot peppers into a bowl and cover the bowl with cling foil. Allow to cool completely, then peel off the skins from peppers and pull out and discard stems and seeds. Mix peppers with garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and serve. These also keep in a fridge for a few days, so go ahead and roast a bigger batch.

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Evo jedan turbo brzi i jednostavan recept za moju najdražu sezonsku salatu. Tajna je, naravno, u tome da pečene paprike zakopate pod debelim slojem sjeckanog češnjaka. Stoga ova salata možda i nije najbolja opcija ako trebate nekog impresionirati na prvom spoju. Međutim, jednom kada se jedno s drugim već udomaćite, svakako bi ste trebali zajedno uživati, kako u ovoj salati, tako i u popratnim češnjakovim isparavanjima. 😀

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 izdašne porcije / 6,01 kn po porciji / 12,02 kn za sve)

10 crvenih paprika roga (10,00 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka, sitno sjeckana (1,00 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2 žlice jabučnog octa (0,10 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Operite paprike i raširite ih po protvanu. Pecite sat vremena, dok paprike ne potamne i nabubre. Preselite vruće paprike u zdjelu i pokrijte zdjelu prijanjajućom folijom. Ostavite da se paprike skroz ohlade, pa im ogulite kože, te izvucite i bacite peteljke sa sjemenkama. Pomiješajte paprike sa sjeckanim češnjakom, maslinovim uljem, octom, soli i paprom, pa poslužite. Paprike će držati u hladnjaku nekoliko dana, stoga slobodno napecite veću količinu.

Roasted Horn Pepper Salad (vegan) / Salata od pečenih paprika roga (veganska)

Ultimate Summer Salad (Vegan) / Ultimativna ljetna salata (veganska)

For me, this salad is the epitome of summer salads. It captures everything that I love about summer produce and is super simple to make. I have it with almost every meal, so I decided to share it with you guys.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 0.56 EUR per serving / 1.12 EUR for all)

2 cucumbers (0.27 EUR)

1 green pepper (0.20 EUR)

1 small onion (0.06 EUR)

2 tomatoes (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2 tbsp lemon juice (0.27 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash and peel the veggies. Using a mandoline slicer, thinly slice cucumbers, pepper and onion. Also, watch your fingers. Chop up the tomatoes. Toss everything with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Za mene je ova salata ogledni primjerak svih ljetnih salata. U sebi ima esenciju svega onoga što najviše volim u ljetnom povrći i totalno je jednostavna za napraviti. Ja ju jedem skoro sa svakim obrokom, pa sam ju odlučila podijeliti i sa vama.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 4,16 kn po porciji / 8,32 kn za sve)

2 krastavca (2,00 kn)

1 paprika babura (1,50 kn)

1 mali luk (0,50 kn)

2 paradajza (1,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2 žlice limunovog soka (2,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite i ogulite povrće. Na ribežu za zelje tanko narežite krastavce, papriku i luk. Također, čuvajte prste. Narežite paradajz na kriške, pa sve pomiješajte sa uljem, limunovim sokom, soli i paprom. Poslužite odmah.

Ultimate Summer Salad (Vegan) / Ultimativna ljetna salata (veganska)