Friday 27 November 2020

Salad Verde

Salad Verde

I like to call this a "salad verde" since it's all shades of green-I prepared it for a themed buffet table with a colour scheme. It turned out to be rather delicious - it is definitely healthy as well. It would have been a shame not sharing it. 
It looks good, smells amazing and tastes even better. Try it for yourself, and besides, there are plenty of options in the tips below.

                  This salad is made up of several variety of lettuce, cucumbers,
                  fresh asparagus, green spring onions, avocado and the pita chips

Serves 6 to 8

1 Romaine lettuce head
1 head of Boston  lettuce
250 g / 8 oz shredded green cabbage
 A handful of fresh coriander or parsley leaves 
6 fresh torn mint leaves
6 green onions, sliced 
The zest of 2 green limes
3 small dill cucumbers
2 ripe avocadoes 
pita chips

To prepare the crunchy pita chips
Mix together 
125 g/ 4 oz of soft salted butter
½ tsp of crushed garlic
A handful of chopped fresh parsley
Split the pita bread "open" as best as you can and apply a generous spread of the butter mixture. Bake this in a preheated oven at 170 C/ 350 F for 12 minutes until crisp and lightly golden.
Break it and set it aside, breaking it up but not crushing it. This can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for a week.
In a small glass jar, pour in 100 ml/3.5 oz of olive oil 
The juice of one lime 
A few drops of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
A Little Tip: The crispy garlic pita chips are what actually make this salad delicious. It does take some work, but is worth every bit. 
Toss each of the greens together with the lime zest. 
Sprinkle with the vinaigrette and then, just before eating, sprinkle the pita chips so they remain crisp. 
Add any of your favourite greens to make it your own, such as green olives, green apples, etc.

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