A summer plum salad with pecans, thinly shaved cucumber, leafy greens and a gorgeous Mediterranean salad dressing that uses friendly ingredients and delivers powerful tones.
Research has claimed that this stone fruit has similar levels of antioxidants as blueberries and should therefore be recognized as blueberries -
I am very happy to be sharing this recipe with you because the creativity was spontaneous and simple! That, and the taste is exactly what was needed! The salad dressings delivered tones of a little sweet, tangy, sour and that tied into a mouthwatering salad!
SOUTH AFRICAN PLUMS
South Africa is internationally known for the high quality plums and since their season runs officially from November to about the end of February there's a need to use this beautiful oval shaped fruit up. Do you know that with all the plums grown in sunny South Africa only 20% are sold locally? The rest are all shipped and exported across the ocean to Europe and the UK which account for the largest followed by the Middle East, Russia, Far East and Asia. Reference linked here.
PLUMS such an underrated fruit yet offers so much nutritional value, are seasonal right now, beautiful vibrant and delicious!
BENEFITS OF PLUMS
As reported plums are rich in antioxidants which are helpful in reducing inflammation.
- The nutrients in plums lower the inflammation that triggers heart disease
- A plum a day helps keep anxiety away
- Aids digestion
- Plums have properties that may help lower your blood pressure
- They are rich in antioxidants
- Reduces blood sugar
- Bone health
Carpaccio is an Italian appetizer and is a tender lean meat that should not be cooked but instead eaten with a good quality olive oil and ordinarily served with fresh herbs, salt & pepper and the favorite balsamic glaze. The carpaccio used here and according to Karoo Gold is the sophisticated Springbok Carpaccio that has been brined and cold-smoked using fruit woods, is intensely flavored and beautifully complements this salad. Produced locally by Karoo Gold.
Karoo Gold Types of Carpaccio
- kudu carpaccio
It all began in a small farming industry in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, where the small red pepper was discovered. The classic pickling recipe was created and established there and has been grown and cultivated in the Limpopo Province ever since. You can visit their website where they share an inspiring video on the production process of these tiny yet incredible red peppers. As a creative whether you are a food blogger, food enthusiast, recipe developer or whatever the terms are today as long as you have a passion for the kitchen you will find this video inspiring. I am constantly looking for inspiration, educating and improvising on food more especially and proudly locally home grown and produced.
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This is the most exciting part of this salad! Yes the light greens with shaved cucumber are great on their own and the Pecan nuts add that crunch and almost fatty taste on the inside. Did you know that pecans contain monounsaturated fats such as oleic acid along with phenolic antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease? I did not, but after reading this article I now know something new.
The salad dressing couldn't be easier and more delicious! Simply add all the dressing ingredients into a blender and all you have to do is adjust the taste accordingly. I have shared a short reel of the making of this salad dressing on my Instagram reels too!
MORE SUMMER SALAD IDEAS
- Salmon, Quinoa and Chickpea Salad
- Best Simple Tossed Citrus Salad
- Fresh Garden Salad
- Family Quinoa Salad
- Simple Crunchy Kale Salad, Chickpeas and Fresh Lemon
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Plum Salad With Carpaccio and Pecans
- 2 plums pitted and thinly slice (ripe plums!)
- Springbok carpaccio a few slices as necessary
- leafy green lettuce
- ½ cucumber thinly shaved or sliced
- ½ cup pecans roughly chopped
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Start by toasting the pecans (if toasting) in a non stick pan until they are a shade darker, set off a wonderful aroma and then set aside to cool. Once cooled down roughly chop and use to add onto the salad after assembling it.
- Wash the plums, remove the pit and slice into half moon shapes. Set aside.
- Assemble the lettuce and cucumber after prepping them (rinse, slice etc ) on a large enough platter or salad bowl.
- Add the sliced plums and pecans with the lettuce and cucumber.
- Pour a drizzle of the balsamic vinegar over the entire salad. Season with a touch of salt & pepper mix.
Peppadew Salad Dressing
- Add all the ingredients into a blender, whizz until smooth, taste to adjust to your preference.
- Serve over salad with pecans. Enjoy! Miranda, xx
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