Recipe: Leafy Greens tossed in a Balsamic Vinegar & Honey Dressing

Hello lovely readers!

I’d like to begin by thanking you all for the kind and encouraging words you write to me as feedback or as comments on my posts. I hope to continue bringing a smile to your faces always 🙂 As a way of saying thank you I’ve decided to post a recipe to a salad that I threw together very recently.

I hosted an extremely intimate dinner for my friends very recently and could only make do with the items in my fridge (owing to the crazy Mumbai city monsoons that did not allow me to step out of the house). Luckily, Mum and I had stocked up on vegetables in the fridge so that was a saviour. A bunch of leafy greens, some olives, roasted vegetables and a balsamic-honey dressing tossed together and voila! You’ve got yourself a heathy side dish with absolutely no compromise on taste. A salad was also on the menu because of a fitness enthusiast friend, so really, I owe this to him!

Ingredients:

1 packet rocket leaves (washed and dried)

1 packet baby spinach (washed and dried)

1/2 yellow zucchini, sliced

1/4th eggplant, sliced

2-3 tbsp sunflower seeds

Handful of black olives

For the dressing:

1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 tbsp olive oil

3/4 tbsp honey

1 tsp sesame seeds

Method:

1. Place the zucchini and eggplant slices in a baking tray. Pour olive oil on top, mix well and put into a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 20-25 minutes. Allow them to cool once done.

2. In a bowl, add the balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil and sesame seeds. Mix well and set aside in the fridge.

3. Place the rocket leaves and baby spinach on a serving dish. Toss in the roasted zucchini, eggplant slices, olives and sunflower seeds and leave in the fridge until serving time.

4. Drizzle the dressing over only before serving. You do not want to serve wilted greens.

5. You’ve got yourself a happy audience 🙂

Quick Tips:

You can also consider add caramelised onions, toasted walnuts or pine nuts.

Do give this recipe a try and let me know how it turns out! Write to me at chaicakekitsch@gmail.com.

P.S. My apologies that there isn’t an actual photograph, it was devoured before I could take one!

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This image has been used only for representational purposes. It has borrowed from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-butternut-squash-salad-with-warm-cider-vinaigrette-recipe.html

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Restaurant Review: Wok Express

Address: Shop No. 1-2, Dheeraj Swapna Building,Near Pali Bhavan, Pali Naka, Bandra (West), Mumbai 400 050
Home delivery: Yes
Price: Approximately Rs. 700 for 2 people
Telephone: 98333 80808

One more Asian food restaurant in Bandra! Sweet Lord, they’re mushrooming all over the place. The newest one to come to town is Wok Express. Owned by Lenexis Foodworks Pvt. Ltd., the restaurant is relatively new, only a month old. It can be found on busy street of Pali Naka, right next to one more Asian food home, 5Spice.

I’m going to keep this short.

The ambience is not exactly worthy of a compliment but it’s clean, so I won’t complain. On our menu were – Edamame and truffle dumplings, Udon noodles in a chili basil sauce, rice and vegetables in a teriyaki sauce and a pink guava bubble tea. (You can take a look at the menu here – https://www.zomato.com/mumbai/wok-express-pali-hill-bandra-west/menu#tabtop .)

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The dumplings served piping hot were quite a treat. The perfect mix of edamame and truffles, they required no extra sauce for flavour. The bubble tea was like a usual iced tea, not rave worthy, but the rice, oh that rice! BRILLIANT! I can’t seem to remember the last time I had such a great, fresh teriyaki sauce. The vegetables were fresh, perfectly crunchy, topped with the right amount of burnt garlic and uber fresh cilantro. This one is a must have. The Udon noodles were a little heavy on the palate and the chili basil also failed to impress. I could only taste the chili. It lacked every bit of basil.

I do however think that of all the Asian food restaurants in Bandra, Wok Express does a much better job in terms of quality of the food, efficiency in service, hygiene factors of the restaurant and pricing. I would recommend the place to a friend.

Overall: 8.5/10

Food (taste and quality) – 8/10
Service – 7/10
Cleanliness – 9/10
Value for money  – 9/10

If you happen to try it, do let me have your thoughts 🙂