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!
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
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 🙂
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. My apologies that there isn’t an actual photograph, it was devoured before I could take one!
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