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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.


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 standard salad substances. I feel the flavour is extra like oregano.  It’s typically 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 wonderful added to savory bean dishes. This salad under can incorporate every thing, together with protein, tons of fiber, some fruit, and naturally quite a lot 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, reasonably 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 could have), diced pears (pink pears are nice you probably have them)
  • Protein choices, if it’s a most important 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 every 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.  Go the grated parmesan for sprinkling on prime to everybody’s style.  You might wish to save the proteins so as to add on prime, when serving.

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