Sunday, April 16, 2006
Fresh and Crisp Salad!
As a vegetable lover, I don't feel too good if I don't get my daily veggie intake. I'm that particular about it. I'm no vegetarian but somehow, I just need the fibre and the vitamins to keep me going. That said, I hardly make salads because I think they're difficult to make. Boy was I wrong. Salads used to be just shreds of veggies drowning in thousand island sauce. But you know how fattening it is... Besides, it really kills the fresh taste of the vegetables.
The thing about eating salads sold outside, is you never really know if it's fresh! And I hate eating wilting cabbage that looks a pale green. So I decided to roll up my sleeves and make my own salad! Okay that photo might not look that good (what to do, i have to make do with my phone camera for now), but seriously, this salad tastes really good. I've discovered a better way to dress salads - without having to resort to 'fatty' sauces.
There isn't a fixed recipe but here's an estimation of what i mixed together to get the salad dressing:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp stone ground mustard (you can use honey dijon mustard too)
1 tsp dried herbs (ie, oregano, dill, thyme, rosemary)
*Note: feel free to add more or less of which ever you fancy more (more vinegar if you prefer that zingy tanginess or more honey if you like it sweeter!)
So you put those ingredients in a bowl, mix them up well and good and pour it over your salad. Today, I decided to use purple cabbage, ice berg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, grated carrots, and japanese cucumber (a.k.a. courgette). You chop/slice them up and place them in a large bowl. Pour dressing over and mix somemore.
Viola, you have your fresh homemade salad! It's really really refreshing, trust me. Add some lemon juice for that extra zest! :)
Boy, I'm sensing a salad craze. I'll make it a point to whip up more salads so that you guys can learn and be healthier! hahaaa..