Thursday, October 27, 2011

Healthy Soup and Salad Challenge: Oriental Salad



The other day I made a salad, but it was not that great so I will spare you the details of what was in it. Yep, even I come up with disasters. It happens more than you'd think, that is the thing about experimenting in the kitchen: not everything is going to be awesome. But like anything in life, if you don't go beyond your comfort zone then life would be very boring.

Today I have a super yummy salad. It is kind of like the Oriental Chicken Salad that was popular awhile ago, but this one is made without mayo. 

The salad itself is simply just lettuce, bell peppers (slightly sautéed), pomegranate, and chopped almonds. I must say, the type of pomegranate I got from the store was very different from the the POM Wonderful pomegranates I used to get in the states. The seeds were very light in color, some even clear, but it was fully ripe. The flavor was much sweeter as well, almost like eating candy. I found this odd because typically American produce is breed to be sweet, but British produce tends to be more bland.

Here is my dressing recipe:

3 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 cup tahini
1 tsp mustard
1/8 tsp sesame oil

I basically substituted mayo for tahini. My sister says tahini mixed with greek yogurt makes an excellent mayo substitute.
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