Sunday, May 13, 2012

Grilled Vegetables & Lettuce Salad


Salad is the only dish which, according to me, has no boundaries in the varieties you can experiment with, and each experiment end up with a new product with a fresh look and different taste. Grilled Vegetables & Lettuce Salad is one of those outputs from my recent salad trials. This colourful, healthy & delicious recipe is great to have as a side dish (salad) with your meal or even as a meal in its own. Its a perfect dish to include in your party menu - it's attractive, healthy & quick-to-make.

I'm not a big fan of boiled or raw veggies in my platter. I find boiled not tasty enough & raw ones not sterilized enough, a Catch-22 situation. My solution - grill them, solves both my problems. 

There are no rigid measurements required for this recipe. The veggies I have used were readily available to me & seasonal. so use what’s fresh & readily available to you too.

For the dressing, I prefer to make it fresh than buying a ready made one from market. Try this out am sure you will like it. 

Ingredients:


7-8 baby carrots 
1/2 red pepper sliced
1/2 green pepper sliced
1 zucchini (or use cucumber)
Few florets of broccoli 
1 bunch of Asparagus
1 tomato cut in roundels
few Lettuce leaves 
1tbsp oil
Salt & pepper to taste

For dressing
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1tbsp lemon juice
½ tbsp honey
1tsp oregano
1 tsp red chilli flakes (or to taste)
1tsp black pepper powder (or to taste)
Salt to taste

Method: 
Preheat your oven at 350F.(I grilled my veggies in an oven but you can also do it on a pan/skillet). 
Sprinkle some oil on all veggies (except tomato & lettuce) & grill them in an oven for 10 mins or till they just start to turn soft. Season them with some salt & pepper (try retaining the crunchiness of your veggies). 
For preparing the dressing, just mix all the dressing ingredients together.

There are two ways to serve - With & Without the dressing, and both taste different & delicious.

For the option of "Without the dressing" arrange your grilled veggies, lettuce & tomato on serving dish & you are ready to serve

For the option of "With the dressing", mix grilled veggies, lettuce and tomato in a bowl & then pour the dressing over these. Mix well so that the dressing coats each vegetable. 
That's it, we are ready to serve our scrumptious salad. 

Healthy Living!!
Shweta


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  2. ohhh now...this looks absolutely great n healthy.
    Tasty Appetite

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  4. Excellent salad,looks awesome and colourful.

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  5. delicious salad !!!definitely a must try!! bookmarked !!!!!!

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  6. lovely simple salad.. grilled veggies and a simple dressing always make mmy meal happy:)

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