Spring Fest: 4 Reasons Not to Turn on Your Oven
With temperatures heating up, get ready for an al fresco meal without turning up the heat: These quick no-cook sides are perfect for a picnic on a warm spring day.
1. Five-Minute Salad: Goat Cheese, Herb and White Bean (pictured above)
Ellie's no-cook salad truly does come together in five minutes, combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with protein-packed beans. The lot is mixed with her simple homemade vinaigrette and a handful of torn basil leaves for that from-the-garden taste.
Toss chickpeas with spinach leaves for a quick and refreshing springtime lunch. A light, tangy dressing — made with olive oil, cumin, cayenne, lemon juice and zest — holds the chickpeas together. If the heat from the cumin and cayenne is too much, try drizzling the salad with a blend of orange juice, honey and yogurt instead.
Why toss out a slightly stale baguette when you can turn it into a hearty vegetarian side or filling vegetarian entree? This classic is light and easy, without needing an oven. Combine chunks of the bread with a blend of seasonal vegetables, then add oil and vinegar just before digging in. Basil leaves from the garden make a perfect, fresh garnish.
Instead of using the typical julienne for his slaw, Alton breaks out the vegetable peeler, shaving his carrots into long, thin ribbons, which look lovely piled high in a bowl. For added sweetness, combine the ribbons with pineapple and raisins. A quick toss in a curry-and-mayonnaise dressing holds it all together.
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