I can honestly say that I love eating salads, they make me feel light and its just too good of a feeling to end your day with a killer one.
Now I rarely order salads at restaurants though! Since I personally think that they can get very boring, the simple oiled salad and leaves, mozzarella, pesto...etc..etc.. So heres a salad that I recently cooked up with flavors that I really liked. I don't also like quinoa a lot, but I loved the flavour the smoke gave the entire dish, since it uses a smoked yoghurt dressing that is drizzled on top of grilled carrots, bell peppers, asparagus, and the rest of the vegetables. The smoke part is not very technical, its an indian cheat way of getting smoked flavour into dishes in the home of your kitchen where you would simply dollop a bit of ghee onto a piece of piping hot coal and cover the entire area/bowl with a lid to allow it to get that beautiful smoky flavour. Yum.
Its very easy to make, and heres the recipe:
-1 Head of asparagus, ends trimmed.
-1 spanish chilli
-1 small bell pepper, sliced half ways
-1 large carrot, peeled and chopped into big cubes
-1/2 head of broccoli, steamed or boiled
-1 cup of cooked quinoa
-1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
-Olive Oil, to brush vegetables
Brush the asparagus, bell pepper, chilli, and carrots with olive oil and place on a hot grill until they are cooked and seared beautifully. Set beautifully aside in a baking pan.
Smoked Yoghurt dressings:
-170g of yoghurt
-1 teaspoon tahina
-1/2 teaspoon vinegar
-Juice of 3 small limes
-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
Mix the Yoghurt with the Tahina, Vinegar, Black Pepper and Sea Salt. Heat a piece of coal until hot, place the yoghurt bowl in a large pan and place an aluminium bowl in beside it to place the piece of coal in it. Drop 1/2 a teaspoon of ghee in it and cover with the pan cover and set aside. It will begin to smoke.
Prepare the quinoa, then add all the grilled vegetables with the broccoli & parsley.
To finish the dressing, in a jar mix the lime, olive oil, 3 tablespoons of the smoked yoghurt, and cover and shake until well blended. Add to the salad and mix well. top the salad with the smoked yoghurt sauce and enjoy!