Mid Autumn is that last hurrah to Summer, at least here in Adelaide it is. We have the last of the warm weather, and nights are cooler and mornings bordering on cold. Days can be warm and sunny, but April rains are also expected. Farmers turn hopeful eyes skyward, keen to ensure the seeding efforts won’t go to waste.
Early on in this month, we find ourselves eating lots of tomato salads, almost as though we are desperate to hang onto the warm weather, and onto the tomatoes which are always best after the intense heat of Summer has gone and the gentler days of Autumn arrive. French style, Italian style, Greek style, Persian style, we don’t really mind, as long as the salads are simple and the tomatoes delicious. We recommend you do the same. Simple lunches can be a bowl of salad, some flatbread, perhaps some cheese, followed by slices of fresh fruit.
The fig season is over, and okra is off the menu until the new crop comes in. Meanwhile, beautiful vegetables and fruits are appearing in the shops – daikon, cauliflower, pears, oranges, new carrots, such beautiful beetroot, juicy radishes. All ready for delicious salads. Lentils and Dried Beans begin to make an appearance later in the month as we look for more substance in our salads to counteract the cold weather.
Here are 30 of our best salads for Mid Autumn.
Begin the month with some beautiful tomato salads.
Zucchini is disappearing from the shelves as well, but the late season ones are delicious. Look for smaller, bright green ones.
10th. Cucumber and Yoghurt
Have one last cucumber dish, and make it this one. A salad to eat with flatbread and some chargrilled eggplant.
13th. Tofu and Chilli Salad
We are assuming that it is a weekend, and that you have some time to make this more complex salad. It takes time, but is worth every moment.
Thai Eggplants are available too, large and flavoursome.
19th. Fennel and Apple Salad
Cabbage is back! And how sweetly delicious it is. Pair it with black beans.
23rd. Celery Yoghurt Salad
24th. Orange and Walnut Salad
Don’t overlook oranges for your Autumn Salads.
25th. Cypriot Grain Salad
One of my favourite salads.