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T.O.C SALAD


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Although it tastes very much like the bulgarian or croatian 'Shopska' Salad, but due to the fact that it is without goat cheese on it, my husband Zsolt forbade me to say it is a 'Shopska' :)

So as simple as it gets, I named it 'T.O.C' cos you know why? Its ingredients are just the tomatoes, onions and cucumber :) Taking the initials of these three main ingredients, hence its name. Hope you'll like it.

(On top of it, I've added blanched cauliflower, capsicum and sprigs of fresh Oregano which I've harvested this morning)

So my T.O.C Salad Recipe as follows:-

Ingredients (serves 2)
For the salad:
2 medium size tomatoes (cut into wedges)
8 Cherry tomatoes (cut into halves)
1 large Red Onion
One medium Cucumber (cut to bite-sized)
1/2 red california pepper (capsicum, diced it)
100g of Blanched Cauliflower (Blanching*)
A bunch of parsley, chopped (I've substituted with Oregano)
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp Coriander powder
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Steps:-

  1. Cut all the ingredients in to slices, wedges, halves or diced.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, add the coriander powder, red wine vinegar and olive oil.
  3. Toss to mix well.
  4. Sprinkle with a thick layer of cheese, and enjoy! :D

*Blanching is a cooking term that describes a process of food preparation wherein the food substance, usually a vegetable or fruit, is plunged into boiling water, removed after a brief, timed interval, and finally plunged into iced water or placed under cold running water (shocked) to halt the cooking process.

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