Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:
1/2 head green ice Lettuce, remove leaves and tear into serving pieces
2 slices watermelon, cut into cubes
200 grams grilled meat(pork, beef or lamb), cut into small pieces
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olives(optional)
2 tablespoons capers(optional)
1/2 cup balsamic dressing

Procedures:
1. In a large bowl, arrange lettuce, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, olives and capers.
2. Add grilled meat then drizzle with balsamic dressing. Serve immediately.

Ensaladang Repolyo

Filipino Style Recipe: Ensaladang talong or Cabbage salad is another easy and simple salad that usually served as side dish. It is consists of branch cabbage toss with tomatoes and onions then serve with fermented fish sauce or toyo-mansi.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
1 small size cabbage, cut into seving pieces
4 medium size tomatoes, chopped
1 large size white onion, chopped thinly
3 tablespoons fermented fish sauce (bagoong isda)
2 tablespoons vinegar

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Blanch cabbage in a boiling water for a minute, Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large bowl, toss cabbage and other ingredients.
2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Fried Anchovy Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Fried Anchovy Salad is a simple and easy yet delicious salad. The sweetness of the dressing and the saltiness of anchovy makes this salad so special.

Ingredients:
1 pack green and purple lettuce
1/4 cup fried achovies
2 tablespoons black olives, pitted
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
Mayonnaise (optional)

For the dressing:
1/4 cup Greek dressing
2 tablespoon honey

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine Greek dressing and honey then mix well.

Part 2
1. In a large big bowl, tear lettuce into serving pieces.
2. Add the black olives, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber.
3. Add fried anchovies on top then garnish with honey dressing and mayonnaise.
4. Serve immediately as appetizer.

Agar-Agar Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Agar-Agar Salad is another popular appetizer or dessert of Filipinos that is commonly served in every special occasions like Christmas and New Year. Salad is consist of gelatinous substance blend in condensed milk and cream together with various fruits.

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons agar-agar powder
2 liters water
1 tablespoons flavoring extract (pandan, orange, pineapple, etc) (optional)
1 can fruit cocktail
2 big cans all purpose cream
1 big can (370ml) condensed milk

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, combine, agar-agar powder, flavoring extract and water then stir until dissolved.
2. Bring to boil over medium heat until slightly thicken. Keep stirring.
3. Pour the mixture into baking pan or rectangular-shaped container. Set aside and let it cool until solidify.

Part 2
1. Scrape the agar-agar into strips.
2. In a large bowl, combine fruit cocktail, cream and condense milk then mix.
3. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Serve cold.

Green Salad Tocino

Filipino Style Recipe: Green Salad Tocino is another variety of green salad incorporated with Filipino twist by adding our favorite breakfast such as tocino or ham. The honey added to the Greek dressing adds to the sweetness of this salad.The anchovies and cheese gives it the right amount of saltiness for contrast.

Ingredients:
1 pack romaine lettuce
1/4 cup leftover cooked tocino or ham
2 tablespoons olives, pitted
2 tablespoons dried tomatoes
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons capers
6 pieces boneless anchovies
2 tablespoon ground Parmesan cheese

For the dressing:
1/4 cup Greek dressing
2 tablespoon honey

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, combine Greek dressing and honey then mix well.
2. In a big bowl, tear lettuce into serving pieces.
3. Add the olives, dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, capers, anchovies and tocino.
4. Add the honey dressing then toss.
5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Chicken Macaroni Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Chicken Macaroni Salad is comprises a chicken and macaroni pasta as main ingredient. Combine with mayonnaise, carrots, raisins, pickles, cheese, salt and pepper. This is commonly serve as mid-afternoon snack (meryenda) or side dish.

Ingredients:
500 grams chicken fillet
500 grams ditalini or elbow macaroni pasta
1 large carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 sweet pickles, chopped
1 small pack pineapple tidbits, drained
1 cup grated cheese
salt and pepper to taste
100 grams ham (optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, boiled chicken in water with 1 tablespoon salt then cook until tender. Drain and let it cool.
2. Remove the chicken and allow to cool before shredding the meat into a large bowl.

Part 2
1. Boiled carrot for 3 minutes then drain and allow to cool. Remove the skin and cut into small pieces. Set aside.
2. Cook ham then cut into small pieces. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a large bowl, shred chicken then add mayonnaise. Mix until just blended.
2. Add the rest of ingredients then season with salt and pepper according to taste. Mix until well blended.
3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before. Serve.

Kinilaw na Dilis

Filipino Style Recipe: kinilaw na dilis is another variety of raw fish salad made of fresh anchovies fillet mixed with vinegar, chili, onion, ginger, calamansi juice, salt and pepper. This dish is another Filipino delicacy and usually served as appetizer or pulutan. Make sure it is fresh because the taste of kinilaw is depends on the freshness of the fish.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes(plus chilling time)

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo anchovies(dilis)
6 tablespoons calamansi or lime juice
1 large white onion, chopped
3 tablespoons minced ginger
1 red bell pepper, slice thinly
3 pieces red or green chili(siling labuyo), chopped(optional)
spring onion for garnishing(optional)
1/4 tablespoon sugar(optional)
1/2 cup vinegar for washing
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Remove the heads of the fish then split the body into two and discard the bones and innards.
2. Repeat the procedure for the remaining fish then rinse and drain.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine fish fillet and vinegar then mix. Let stand for 5 minutes then drain vinegar.
2. Add the remaining ingredients then mix well.
3. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve chilled.

Seafood Salad with Lime Dressing

Filipino Style Recipe: Seafood salad with lime dressing is another type of salad consists of seafood, celery, tomatoes, onion and parsley then tossed in lime dressing. Seafood salad is a simple and easy to prepare dish. This is commonly served as appetizer and ideal for those on diet and health-conscious.

Estimated time of cooking: 8-10 minutes
Estimated time of preparation: 20 minutes
Good for 3-4 servings

Ingredients:
300 grams shrimps, peeled and deveined
300 grams squid bodies, cut into rings
350 grams fresh tuna fillet, cut into cubed
3 tomatoes, deseeded and diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 white onions, chopped
1/2 tablespoons paprika(optional)

Dressing:
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a shallow bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
2. Season tuna with a dash of salt and pepper. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat oil then cook tuna for 3 minutes or until done. Drain and set aside.
2. In a pot, bring water to boil. Add a dash of salt then boil shrimps for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
3. In a same boiling water, boil squids for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a large bowl, combine seafood and the rest of ingredients.
2. Pour lime dressing over the salad then toss and sprinkle with parsley. Serve.

Potatoes and Chives

Filipino Style Recipe: Potatoes and chives is one of the simple and easy to prepare recipe. The potatoes boiled then tossed in butter, chives, salt and pepper. I also included Cheddar cheese to add more flavor to our dish, this is usually serve as side dish.

Estimated time of preparation: 10-15 minutes.
Estimated time of cooking: 15 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
400 grams baby potatoes, halves
a bunch of fresh onion chives, chopped thinly
80 grams unsalted butter
1/4 cup Cheddar cheese,cut into small pieces(optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, place potatoes then sprinkle with salt.
2. Pour enough water until submerge then bring to boil for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, melt butter then add potatoes, cheese and salt and pepper.
2. Transfer to serving bowl then sprinkle with chives. Toss well then serve.

Notes:
1. You may also use olive oil as alternative to butter.

Mango Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: mango salad is another type of salad made of unripe green mangoes, tomatoes, onion and cilantro then dressed with fish sauce and lime juice. Mango salad is a simple and easy to prepare that is commonly serve as appetizer or side dish specially during summer season.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
2 pieces unripe green mangoes, peeled and cut into strips
2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
2 red onions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoon toasted peanut, chopped(optional)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped(optional)
a dash of dried chili flakes(optional)
1 teaspoon cumin ground(optional)

Salad Dressing:
2 tablespoons fresh lime or calamansi juice
3 tablespoons fermented fish sauce
2 tablespoons honey(dissolved in 2 tablespoons water)

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, combine salad dressing until well blended. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients then pour salad dressing. Toss to combine then serve.