Am constantly trying to find ways to add protein to our meals in ways that do not use eggs. Not that I don’t love eggs, but there is something called overkill! Bean loaded salads are a good way to get a good portion of protein. I am fond of beans of all kinds. Indian cuisine makes wonderful curries and salads such as Koshimbir out of them. My standard rule to make a good salad is a layering of texture, flavour and taste. Pick 2 ingredients for each and you have a great salad in minutes.
I like to stock my vegetable tray with a variety of colours and textures. When I buy vegetables, I have a standard method. staples(such as onions, tomatoes), 3-4 green vegetables (beans, bhindi etc) and 2-3 colours (carrots, beets, cauliflower, coloured peppers, pumpkin, etc) that way i dont have a to eat monochromatic food! yeah I know… I have been told its very weird to constantly want coloured food like a child!
Here is the recipe for a good salad that can easily become a whole meal!
Protein Packed Salad (2 Servings)
Small head of iceberg lettuce, chopped roughly
Ripe Tomato – 1 chopped into large pieces
Cucumber – ½ peeled and cubed
Apple – ½ cored and cubed
Beetroot – 1, boiled, peeled and cubed
Black Eyed Beans (Lobi – ½ cup, soaked overnight and boiled till just cooked (one whistle in the pressure cooker)
For the dressing
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
Salt and pepper – to taste
Honey – 1 teaspoon
Spring onion – 1 shoot, finely chopped
Water – 1 teaspoon
Toss all the chopped vegetables together, add the boiled beans. Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl, pour onto the chopped vegetables and toss around to coat well. Serve chilled.