Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Garden of Eden Salad

My sister Asha loves salads. She has the knack to make elaborate ones effortlessly. While the rest of us simply throw all the ingredients together, toss it and serve it in a nondescript manner, she patiently goes through her recipes days in advance. Next she chooses the crockery to match. She then makes a list and scours the shops searching for the right ingredients. Then comes the washing, drying, cutting, scraping, grating and endless chopping. Finally the masterpiece is created and hidden in the back of the refrigerator away from greedy nieces and prying eyes. Needless to say when served not a leaf remains!
This recipe is an adaptation of the original and a great meal for weight watchers. It makes a great accompaniment to any Christmas menu.
2 carrots, skin and cut into medium rounds.
1 medium green apple, core, quarter and slice
100 gms mixed salad leaves, soak in salt water. Dry thoroughly before use.
2 tomatoes, washed and quartered
1 medium zucchini peeled and cubed
½ medium purple cauliflower, cut into flowerets, soak in salt water for 15 minutes,
Dressing: 1 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tbsp curds, 1 tbsp protein powder, 1 tsp cheese spread. Salt and pepper to taste.
Beat all the ingredients to a smooth consistency in bowl. Adjust seasoning. Keep aside.
Boil cauliflower and carrot for a minute. Plunge into cold water. Drain completely.
Place the carrots, cauliflower, green apple, tomatoes, zucchini and lettuce leaves in salad bowl. Mix gently. Pour dressing over and gently toss. Store in refrigerator to retain crispness. Serve as an accompaniment or as a meal. The protein fills you up, curbs hunger, burns fat and helps to build muscle mass. Bon Apetit!

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