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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 buddy Dr. Keith Ayoob is sharing why he loves thyme — which is the flavour we’re celebrating at this time.

Thyme

There’s common thyme which is kind of a dry “shrub” however broad-leaf thyme is a extra succulent, crunchy leaf that dices up effectively and provides a lighter, however nonetheless “herby” taste that wakes up the standard salad substances. I believe the flavour is extra like oregano.  It’s generally referred to as “Spanish thyme.”  It’s finest recent, and along with salads, I’ve added it to bean dishes and stir-fries.  It’s additionally very appropriate with fish dishes.

I like broad-leaf thyme chopped into salads, and it’s glorious added to savory bean dishes. This salad beneath can incorporate all the things, together with protein, tons of fiber, some fruit, and naturally a number 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, quite than chopped)
  • 2 or 3 leaves of broadleaf thyme, minced
  • Non-compulsory, however good: pitted, chopped olives, pickled peppers, or recent candy peppers, radishes, cooked greens, any leftover canned beans (garbanzos, black beans, no matter you will have), diced pears (crimson pears are nice in case you have them)
  • Protein choices, if it’s a 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 all the things 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 wish to save the proteins so as to add on high, when serving.

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