March 27, 2011

Colorful salad with toasted sesame and peanuts

This morning as I was chatting with my friend, she mentioned about a Chinese type salad with spinach, iceberg lettuce and cucumbers, with some toasted sesame and peanuts...the dressing base being sesame oil, soy sauce and chili sauce. However, I am not a big fan of Chinese flavors and so are the rest in my family. Also, I could not imagine myself and my family tasting the sesame oil in a salad. Since salad was already in my lunch menu(because a full bunch of romaine lettuce was waiting to be used), I thought I could try this but do my own version of the dressing for the above mentioned reasons......

1/2 cucumber
1 cup cabbage cut into thin long 1 inch strips
1 small carrot
1 table spoon each of red and yellow capsicum
a handful of spinach leaves
4 leaves of romaine lettuce
handful of roasted peanuts
1 tbsp of sesame seeds roasted

1 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
sugar half the amount of salt
ground pepper to taste
2 pinches of ginger powder or use a small piece of ginger grated
pinch of chili powder(optional)
lemon juice to taste

Remove the stems of the spinach leaves and cut into thin long strips. Peel and slice the carrot and the cucumber and cut into long strips. Similarly, cut the cabbage and the capsicum into thin l inch long strips to give the above mentioned quantity. Remove the stem part of the lettuce leaves and cut them into long strips.

Take this all into a bowl. Add the roasted sesame seeds and the peanuts(I chopped the peanuts coarsely so that it was hidden in the salad). Whisk all the dressing ingredients and add it to the salad. Toss well and serve.

This was the quantity of vegetables that I used for the salad...however, this can be increased or decreased according to your taste or availability. You can also toss in any other vegetable or bean into it.

We had this salad today for lunch with a small bowl of rawa upma sauteed with green beans, celery and potatoes and some pickle to go with!! I couldn't help but posting a picture of that too....


  1. Very refreshing and colourful salad..

  2. Krithika, you are so creative. I will definitely try this. Suhanthi