Being on a salad spree is no fun really. Chomping on plain old carrots, chewing romaine and mindlessly mincing the veggie can be exciting for first few nights, but it sure gets exhausting when you intend to continue the salad sojourn for days to come. I know of this, coz it happened to me. But I want to diligently stick to the fad, so I fish for new ingredients, newer proteins and yet newer ways to eat my greens.
He was heading out. Not one to carry a tiffin, grabbing a sandwich or some street side junk are his usual options. Well, that was not be that day. I was determined to pack his supper.
Wide mouthed glass jars preserving fruit and vegetables seems like an incredible idea. They are air tight. No spill, no soil, no frills. So easy to carry around. And looks pretty cool too. Somewhat amused, somewhat intrigued, somewhat preempted, he took his tiffin 🙂
To add a protein to your vegetable bowl is a must. That extra mile on the treadmill is of no use if you don’t support it with a repairing agent. Lean muscles, shiny hair and strong nails give obeisance to exactly this necklace of amino acid. Yea, so all in all, it’s that important.
So I add channa one day, paneer another, Mung sprouts, soya nuggets, boiled peanuts, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, tofu and assorted nuts to give you an idea.
Kale channe or black bengal grams is what I used for this wonder salad. Its nutty. Its wholesome. It adds enough bite to fill your bowl as well as your tummy.
Making the vinaigrette is therapeutic – for me. I love whisking lime juice and extra virgin olive oil. Pounding pepper, sprinkling rock salt, crushing garlic – oh yea! Me loves it. I try to stay away from creamy sugary dressings as it annihilates the entire purpose of me chomping on greens.
The recipe –
For the dressing – juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 clove of crushed garlic, 1/2 tsp pepper powder and salt to taste.
Boil the black bengal grams in a big pot of boiling mildly salted water till they are almost done. Drain and keep aside.
For the dressing – whisk together all of the mentioned stuff.
Toss all the salad ingredients except the almonds. Mix in the dressing. Toss well. Refrigerate if required for 30 minutes. While serving garnish with toasted almonds. I love the crunch from the nuts so I add loads!
If setting into jars – pour the vinaigrette first. Then layer with boiled bengalgram, cucumber, pomegranate, tomato, onions, lettuce and lastly toasted almonds.
the pictures show the channa and almonds finishing on the top as I wanted to photograph them that way 😉
Angie’s Fiesta Fridays is something that I look forward to every Friday. She holds this virtual potluck party for all of us. Its one post where you get sweet savoury, mains, appetizers n gorgeous desserts all under one roof and not to mention a whole lot of wonderful enthusiastic bloggers too! So I’m taking a salad this time. What are you?
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Love it! Simple n yumm
🙂 yes, Thank you.
Great idea for a packed lunch. Me, I’ll just make it in a bowl to enjoy on my verandah. Thanks.
yea, I do the same. With a chill glass of spiced buttermilk – completes my meal!
My next picnic party will surely contain this – love it 🙂
🙂 wow. Cool. Its a great party snack. And best part is you can make it before hand and keep. No re heating required too!
I am laughing out aloud at the starting sentences of your write-up. Truer words were never spoken. I always start on a salad binge but then lose steam after a few days because it is so boring, it is exhausting just thinking about it.
Lovely recipe. Reminds me of the chana chat that we get at street corners. There the tangibles is from chat masala. 🙂
Oh Aruna, I know how I have been literally killin myself to eat healthy.. but it should not be this way, right? We need to be happy and be happier eating the good stuff. Hence I rack my brains and stalk the internet for newer options and recipes. the good ones I upload, the rest – can be forgotten 🙂
So pretty in a jar, Namrata!
yes, isn’t it. Jars make it interesting.
What a lovely way to pack a salad! very cute. 🙂
Wow Namrata salad looks fresh and delay and such a cute jar. .. looks amazing . 🙂 🙂
🙂 thanks chitra
Oops i mean Delish not delay…
I love that fun mason jar! Great idea! Wonderful salad!
Yes its good and healthy too!
Love this idea Namrata! The flavors are gorgeous and the jar makes it so portable! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Oh my gosh! I love mason jars and mason jar salads are so cute! And I love that you added pomegranates to your salads. Thanks for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday!
I usually add some fruit, they impart a bit of sweetness to the sour salty vinaigrette. Its pomegranate season here in India, so now for the moment .. pomegranates it is.:)
Aw, what a cute idea to put the salad into a mason jar, perfect for a packed lunch! Also love that you added the pomegranate, I find it gives it such a nice crunch an fruitiness. Thanks for brining to the Fiesta and sharing with all of us! hugs, Sylvia
yes pomegranates do add crunch and flavour… but if you were to replace it with any other fruit .. then orange segments or berries would work wonderful too!
What a wonderful idea and so nicely presented too..
What a cool idea:-) looks filling and refreshing
Such a cute idea…and the salad colors look so brilliant!
Very cute! I love mason jar salads. They just look so appealing!
What a great idea! Such a beautiful salad, I know how you feel I get so good about being healthy and then I cant look at salad for a full week…but maybe the cute mason jar really is the cure 🙂