Mixed Mexican salad

About a week and a half ago I shared a recipe for Tortilla chips crusted steak, and in my opinion the best side dish to a delicious steak like that is a fresh mixed seasonal, in this case, Mexican salad.  As I’m watching the snow fall outside my house, here in Zagreb, I couldn’t think…

Coleslaw & red pepper salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Simple Tuesday calls for a simple recipe, and that’s just what this salad is. Most of the traditional main dishes call for a simple salad as a fresh addition to the meal, either it’s fresh lettuce, lamb’s lettuce, arugula or even coleslaw, tomatoes and any other seasonal vegetable. And what would a salad be without…

Seasonal salad with Balsamic dressing

When it comes to lunch or dinner, salad of any kind is unavoidable on my menu. Lettuce is mainly what I prepare and I buy one each day at the local farmers’ market. For the last few years I’ve been adding arugula to it, or lamb’s lettuce, radicchio, baby spinach or some of the fresh…

Grilled chicken salad

Usually every Friday we have a big dinner, and it seemed like we were going to have it today, but then it started raining cats and dogs and my brother and his kids decided not to come. Since there was no need to prepare a big, lavish dinner I decided to make something light, colorful…

Steak & green bean salad

Green beans, since I was a kid, we’ve eaten them in stews most of the time. My mother prepared them regularly every two weeks and I wasn’t a big fan, I didn’t even like it when my grandma made them but I always remember breaking green beans in half with her. She would buy a…

Roasted chicken & fries

Despite the name French fries they are actually not French. The origins of French fries are traced back to Belgium where they’ve been preparing them since 1600s. According to some stories, villagers often ate small fried fish, but during the winter the river would freeze over so they had to find another source of food,…

Fried sardines & Red bean salad

When making seafood dishes, especially fish, simplicity is key. I grew up eating grilled fish with just a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice so fish prepared this way is the best for me. Grilling fish on a simple grill, brushing it with rosemary covered in olive…

Fried hake & Red bean salad

Since I was a kid my parents made it crucial to eat fish at least once a week. Both of my grandfathers were from the seaside so a big part of my family is too. At the seaside in Croatia people eat a lot of fish, olive oil and all the amazing Mediterranean food. I…

Breakfast salad 2.0

Using fresh ingredients when cooking is really important to me. I buy vegetables at the market from local vendors, fruit also. I know that fruit and vegetables I’m buying are fresh, healthy and delicious. Fruit and vegetables aren’t the only two from local vendors, cheese, eggs, dairy products, even bacon. For me that is one…

Breakfast salad

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To tell you the truth I’m not the one who should tell you that because I skip it most of the time. But on the times that I don’t skip it, I make sure that it is the best combination of ingredients that are in the…

Brussels sprout, grape & walnut salad

An easy salad you can eat itself or as a side dish to pork roast. The bitter taste of brussels sprouts, sweet taste of grapes, fresh taste of walnuts combined with traditional Italian aceto balsamico will certainly surprise your taste buds.   Preparation: 10 min                      …

Octopus salad

Amazing, delicious, tasty… all the adjectives associated with the octopus salad. You can find this light salad all over the beautiful Adriatic coast in Croatia. Try out this easy recipe yourself using only the fresh ingredients and enjoy the salad with a glass of red wine! Preparation: 10 min            …