Salads are like music to the body, a slice of garden to soothe and strengthen our overburdened stomach. It seems like eating a bowl of fresh raw greens a much needed process to make things go well with our health. Chocolate chips added an extra grace to the green texture and the bitter sweetness was a nice marriage when it combined with the dressing. The gentle chewy chips were sort of an entertainer to the taste buds.
Then thought why not a hint of Indian spices to jazz it up. Turmeric and cumin are two healthy spices we adore to add in our cooking. Hence it took the toll adding healthy touch to the dressing.
It is true that the more we indulge in nature, the more lively and energetic we become. That was one of the advice I took to my heart over the course of time. Eating salads in raw form is sort of letting our soul to embrace the nature. It does a lot of wonders to our health!
Today the efforts are comparatively less when it comes to sorting out and cleaning vegetables, mainly leafy vegetables. Back in my younger days my granny had to perform a tough task to rinse it multiple times to make sure the leaves are dirt free since the farmers sold it without doing any extra cleaning or such. Even though it took a lot of effort to get pristine and clean leafy vegetables, she valued the quality and good health. Thankfully, I’m following her so far quite nicely and successfully.
Fortunately, today it’s easy to skip few steps and have access to already – triple – washed vegetables and salad greens readily available at the store, if I prefer to. I take advantage of such benefits regularly often paying bit extra for a good cause especially when it comes to spinach. I’m a big fan of those boxed spinach :).
This time, thought of having my favorite combination of spinach and –my next best favorite – apple along with almonds as a salad. With the company of chocolate chips as the guest ingredient to make it more alluring. In the end, spinach the star ingredient and chocolate chips, the guest ingredient did an amazing job. The dressing tasted so good and well balanced. To my surprise, salad alone was darn filing! Indeed an amazing bowl of salad.
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup sliced apple
1/4 chocolate chips
1/4 cup almonds
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed pepper
2 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp spicy ketchup
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp dry red chili flakes
First, as usual prepare the dressing. The delicious texture will nudge you and make things faster. Combine everything well and keep it in the refrigerator to chill the dressing. Next arrange the salad ingredients elegantly in the bowl. Toss with dressing. Enjoy!