Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cranberry-Walnut-Blue Cheese Salad

Our Indian everyday meals don't have too many green vegetables so it only makes sense to include salads in them so that we get our daily dose of green veggies.

This one is very famous salad here in the US. There are several versions of it as you can change the kind of cheese and the salad dressing per your liking. The cafe where I eat once in a while serves this and I absolutely love it. So one day I decided to give it a try at home and it turned out almost exactly the same.

When making salads, I try to use organic vegetables, if available. Also, I try not to use bottled salad dressing but make them fresh before making the salad. For this one, I had less time so I used the 365 fat free organic Balsamic Vinaigrette from Whole Foods.

As for the mixed leafy greens, you can buy them mixed from market (Whole Foods has big selection that you can choose from and Costco has good prices, if you're in the US) or mix them at home. Here is a list of several green veggies in case you are buying them individually.

2 plates full of organic mixed greens
3 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
½ cup walnuts
½ cup dry cranberries
½ cup crumbled blue cheese


Take a big bowl and put the mixed greens in it.

Add balsamic vinaigrette and toss it to mix well. Then add walnuts, cranberries and cheese crumbs in that order. You can change the quantities if these if you like depending upon your taste.

You can choose to toss it or not. If you do, the walnuts and cranberries will sit at the bottom so make sure while serving you don't leave them out.

The salad is ready to eat!

Serves: 4 people

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