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3 Deliciously Dutch Summer Salads

No one likes to spend too long in the kitchen on fleeting warm summer days – these deliciously light and refreshing, Dutch-inspired salad recipes each require a minimum of preparation and serve 2 hungry people.

Dutch summer salad

Spinaziesalade met gegrilde groenten (spinach salad with grilled vegetables) 

Ingredients

300 grams of spinach leaves
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 red onion
½ a courgette
1 clove of garlic
3 tbsp. of pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp. of olive oil
2 tbsp. of lemon juice
1 tsp. of mustard
Salt and pepper

Preparation 

First preheat your grill. Meanwhile cut the peppers and red onion into chunks and finely slice both the courgette and garlic. Place these onto a baking tray, drizzle with approx. 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and then grill for about 10 minutes until soft but not burnt. Next rinse the spinach leaves, drain and place into a large salad bowl. Now pop the pumpkin seeds into a small non-stick frying pan and gently toast until golden brown. Allow the grilled vegetables and toasted pumpkin seeds to cool before stirring into the spinach. Finally, prepare a dressing using 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper, and splash generously over the salad. Serve with fresh baguette.

Rijstsalade met peultjes en hennepzaad (Rice salad with mangetout and hemp seeds)

Ingredients

200 grams of brown rice
100 ml of orange juice
200 grams of mangetout
5 tbsp. of hemp seeds
75 grams of almonds
1 bunch of coriander
2 spring onions
Olive oil, salt and pepper

Preparation

First prepare the rice according to instructions on the packaging, before draining and leaving to cool. Meanwhile soak the hemp seeds in lukewarm water. Wash the mangetout, cook for two minutes and leave to cool. Next chop the almonds, coarsely chop the coriander, slice the spring onions, and stir these, together with the orange juice, soaked hemp seeds and mangetout, into the rice. Season to taste with salt and pepper, splash over some olive oil, and serve immediately with a fresh green salad.

Hollandse boerenkoolsalade (Dutch kale salad)

Ingredients

¼ of a kale cabbage
¼ of a red cabbage
1 carrot
1 avocado
½ cup of cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp. of olive oil
50 ml of orange juice
1 tbsp. of vinegar
Salt and pepper

Preparation

Finely slice the kale and red cabbage, grate the carrot, and cut the avocado into slices or cubes. Place all of the vegetables into a large salad bowl and dress with a vinaigrette made from olive oil, orange juice and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and serve with fresh baguette.

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