Chopped Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Chopped Salad 3-2

Hello folks! How are you? How has the New Year been treating you so far? How have you been doing on your resolutions, if you went in for some? It has been a very pleasing year for me so far. We moved into our new house and have settled in quite comfortably. It is a nice feeling to live in a bigger space and I’ve been enjoying cooking in the new kitchen so much.

The yard space overlooking my kitchen makes me want to have a nice vegetable patch, but the piles of snow and the freezing temperatures outside curb all my enthusiasm and force me to be bundled up on the cozy couch by the fireplace.

Chopped Salad 2Blogging is slowly getting back into my priority list and I’m sifting through all those recipes that have been piling up in my mind to make their way here. It was not an easy choice to zero in on the first recipe for the year. One part of me together with my sweet tooth convinced me quite easily to have a sweet beginning and I was getting prepared to post an old family recipe for a nice Indian dessert. While, the other part of me that untiringly goes for the same resolution year after year pushed me for a healthy start. Yeah, you know what kind of resolution it is :). After a small tug of war, I finally decided to greet you guys with a lovely and simple salad recipe. After all, I’m a big fan of salads too! Here’s to a healthy start of a wonderful New Year! Cheers!!

Chopped Salad 1

In last few months, although, I have not been able to blog as frequently as I wished to, I have still been reading a lot about food. I’ve also started to follow a number of good food blogs from across the world. I’m sure that the creativity and food art of some of these wonderful bloggers will help me to get better at what I’m sharing with you. A lot of ideas are brewing in my mind to make cooking even more simple, healthy and fun filled than before. Can’t wait to be with you and share all these lovely recipes every now and then. Needless to say, I’m quite focused in improving my photography skills as well. Stay tuned in! Don’t be surprised if you see a post here on the dessert recipe tomorrow 🙂

Chopped Salad 4

The restaurant next to my work place serves a chopped salad similar to this. Their dressing is just to die for. I’ve been trying to mimic it, but still have to go a long way. This is such a flavorful and delicious salad that you’ll always ask for more. The saltiness from feta and olives, the sweetness of the pomegranate, the crunchiness from the toasted nuts and of course the aroma of sweet basil can together make it a very satisfying meal for you.

Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins

Serves 2

Ingredients

Salad

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1 cup chopped cucumbers

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup pomegranate kernels

1/4 cup red onions (chopped) – optional

2 tbsp toasted walnuts

2 tbsp crumbled fat free feta

1 tbsp sliced kalamata or black olives

Dressing

4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 tsp sugar

salt

pepper

Preparation

In a salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients except the nuts and feta.

To make the dressing, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, basil, sugar, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Pour on top of the salad, toss well, top with nuts and feta. Enjoy!

Note:

1. When pomes are not in season, dried cranberries are a good substitute. Blueberries are an awesome addition too.

2. To make the salad a little more hearty and filling, add some protein to it. I love to add chickpeas or cannellini beans.

3. Sprinkle some chopped fresh basil on top of the salad to add a little more flavor and color to the salad.

One Comment Add yours

  1. alifemoment says:

    It looks great with vibrant colours 😊😊😊

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