Christmas Summer Salads

The culinary queen behind @Cape_Town_Foody is creating delicious Christmas inspired healthy summer dishes for all us southern hemisphere folk who won’t be celebrating a white Christmas. All recipes are fresh, light, vibrant and made from the heart using only the best wholesome ingredients – you can’t get more fabulously festive than this.

Meet Candice Wharton…

“Wife to Gareth and mom to two teenagers, Charlotte and Isaiah and then of course Delilah dog our old staffy’s full time companion. I have always loved cooking and as a child I would bake with my aunt and a few of my neighbours. I also waitressed in some amazing restaurants in my 20’s and would always make friends with the head chef to glean ideas.

Fast forward a few years..

I had a spinal fusion in 2014 and a number of other health issues (vitamin D deficiency, radical allergies, acute inflammation, ulcers, so I lived on anti inflammatory meds for 3 years prior to my operation). My fusion wasn’t fusing after 12 months and the doctors were getting worried. I had a massive team of medical experts and we just couldn’t get to the bottom of my allergies and acute inflammation. It was then I decided to take all chemicals and preservatives out of my diet and go back to eating like the “good old days.”  I had the time, so I made it my mission to find food as close to its source as possible. From growing my own seasonal veggies to finding farmers or markets who have just harvested, I buy all my meat from ethical butchers and don’t buy any ready made or preserved sauces. I make everything from scratch and have completely changed my lifestyle and diet.

I saw such a dramatic change in 6 months, my fusion started fusing, my bones started getting stronger and I started to feel stronger. My allergies were still a struggle and still going into anaphylaxis and landing up in hospital not being able to breathe. I went for a whole new series of tests and we found out the main culprits were Sodium Benzoate, MSG and sulphites… well, I tell you those suckers are in everything. I made more changes and am happy to report I have not had to use my epi pen over the last 12 months. Thats why I do what I do.

I use my city as my playground and with so many amazing foodie spots and goodies on offer, I spend a few days a week going out foraging for new and exciting ingredients.”

Christmas Summer Salads

1. Beetroot salad with candied nuts:

Baby leaf lettuce shaped into a ring
Topped with danish feta
Boiled baby beetroot
Candied walnuts

Candied walnuts:
3tbls organic maple syrup
1/2  tbls coconut oil
Himalayan salt

Place all ingredients into a pan and cook until it forms a toffee like consistency careful not to burn. Add the walnuts and mix together. Place lettuce in the shape of a wreath and add all other ingredients. Scatter the candied walnuts on top.

2. Broccoli & bacon salad with mayo dressing: 

4 heads of broccoli cut finely
1/2 cup homemade mayo or French style mayo (from Woolworths)
1 small red onion (finely chopped)
roasted pecan nuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Crispy bacon (I use Richard Bosman real bacon)

Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix in the mayo. Top with crispy chopped bacon bits and serve chilled.

3. Quinoa mango salad

1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup chopped mango
1 cup chickpeas
Fresh pomegranates
Chopped Mint
Chopped Coriander

Add all ingredients together and serve with a mango dressing…

Mango dressing:
1/2 mango
1tbls white wine vinegar
1tsp raw honey
100ml olive oil

Recipes compliments of Candice Wharton from @cape_town_foody
Photography: Wellness in the City 

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