Melissa’s Soup Toppings you’ll love

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  As a self-confessed soup lover, I am always looking for ways to add extra flavour, crunch and excitement to my soup. So here are 5 ways you can spruce up yours: 1. Halloumi Croutons:   not technically “croutons” as there’s no bread involved but these are delicious cubes of crispy fried halloumi. Simply chop, fry in a little butter or oil & cook to your desired crispiness.  Get the recipe. 2. Make a fridge raid herby drizzle:  Whizz up any herbs or left over salad leaves you’ve got that need some love with some olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice & a little salt in a blender & drizzle on.  Try this recipe. 3. Roast some veggies:  Depending on what soup you’re making, you might like to roast a little of what you’re using for ultimate texture & flavour on top. I love roasting kale or any discarded cauliflower leaves for extra crunch.  Try this. 4. A drizzle of olive oil/yoghurt/kefir:  I love adding extra swirls to my soups and particularly

Jasmine’s 6 Supreme Summer Salads

It’s salad time! I’m not one for craving or missing salads, but when that sun kicks in, I definitely get that salad feeling. With a dish that’s light, seasonal and nourishing, there’s truly something for everyone. Here are some of my favourites that play with textures and ingredients to keep things fresh and delish.

Vata Pakti Bowl: Sautéed Cucumber, Green Beans, Beetroot and Carrot

Designed to ground you when you’re feeling wired, this bowl of sautéed veggies is a great one to wind down from stressful summer days.

Pitta Pakti Bowl: Caramelised Celery, Avocado and Radicchio Salad Bowl (East by West page 144)

Designed to cool you off with that creamy avocado and crunchy veg, this is the ultimate hot summer day recipe.

Kapha Pakti Bowl: Roasted Broccoli, Cauliflower and Aubergine Salad Bowl (East by West page 145)

This bowl is perfect for when you need a bit of a kick — slow, sweaty August days, anyone?

Caramelised Celery, Courgette and Pumpkin Seeds With Mint, Manchego and Rocket

A salad that plays with textures — with caramelised celery, toasted pumpkin seeds and freshly grated courgette, this recipe will soon be a family favourite.

Salad Supreme

If you’re on the market for a refreshing side or starter, look no further than this simple-as-ABC salad with just a squeeze of lemon, a touch of olive oil and a handful of fresh mint leaves.

Fresh Fruit Salad With Spicy Dip (East by West page 68)

Seasonal, local fruit is one of the best parts of summer. This spicy twist on a classic fruit salad is just what you need for a tasty breakfast or afternoon snack.



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