Saturday, February 12, 2011

Passion Fruit Salad




I found some passion fruit during my last grocery shopping order, yep I order my food online now. I have had passion fruit juice which is yummy, but I've never had a passion fruit. So I ordered some and thought I would try it out. Come to find out, you don't actually eat the passion fruit, you just juice it.

So to start off I get a mixing bowl and my mini strainer/sieve. I cut

the passion fruit in half and scoop out the inside with a spoon. I use the spoon to push the juice through while keeping the seeds out.

Once I free the juice from the fruit, I add some basic salad dressing ingredients. You can change the ratio to suit your taste, but for mine:
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
juice of 3 passion fruits (about 1/3 cup)
salt to taste

I put all the ingredients in a small water bottle so I can shake it up when I need to. It makes for easy storage as well. Personally I like warm salads, so often I saute parts of my salad in the salad dressing to give it some flavor. For my salad I started with a plate of spinach because it takes the heat well. Then I prepare small bowls of chicken, bell peppers and onions, and mushrooms. Once I get the skillet warmed up I add a little bit of the salad dressing because the oil in it will prevent anything from sticking. I add the chicken, bell peppers, and onions first. As the salad dressing begins to reduce, I add another tablespoon of dressing into the skillet.
You don't want to add too much at once, otherwise you would be boiling your veggies and that is no good. As it cooks, the salad dressing reduces a little. Depending on how flavorful you like your dressing this is fine, but if you are watching your calories then you can add some water so that you are not eating too much salad dressing. Finally, a minute or two before it is all done, I add the mushrooms. I don't like to cook my mushrooms for too long, but it is nice to have them get the flavor of the dressing. When everything is cooked to how you like it, pour the contents of the skillet onto the spinach. Toss it around a bit, and you have a yummy salad. Of course next time I'm just buying the passion fruit juice.



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