Nothing tastes better than feta and almonds in a salad
Nothing tastes better than feta and almonds in a salad

I am the food I eat. And the days I eat just greens I feel like a mountain goat…light on my feet and ready to run at the sight of an open road, with music plugged to my ears! I’ve done a million combinations of this one basic salad and each one ends up yummy!

The base of a good salad is the quality of the ingredients you use, the combination of crunch, sweet, salty, spicy, nutty and eye candy appeal. Most salads are served cold and that’s what we in India love to eat given the crazy temperatures we live in. Its perfect when paired with a sandwich or a soup. This one has my favourite ingredient: feta.

Of all the cheeses this one is perfect for diabetics. It has 33% fewer calories than normal cheese, is high in calcium and helps combat heart issues. But of course one can’t feast on it, but once a week in a salad is perfect. It’s salty sour taste adds a new dimension to flavours. Add a protein to it and you are set!

Time taken: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

Skill Level: Basic 

Ingredients:

  • 30 grams each of arugula leaves, iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, scallions, torn or cut into bite size pieces
  • 10 grams basil, rolled together and chopped
  • 1/4 cup red and yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 10-12 cherry tomato, halved
  • 1 tablespoon watermelon seeds (you could use pine nuts too)
  • 6 smoked almonds, crushed
  • 50 grams of feta, cubed
  • 5-6 cranberries, chopped

For the Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free honey or pancake syrup
  • 1 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon fresh orange or grape fruit juice

Method:

The four greens that form the base of this salad. The basil is added for flavour
The four greens that form the base of this salad. The basil is added for flavour

1. Mix all the ingredients except for the cranberry, almond and feta. Chill.
2. Just before you serve the salad, mix the marinade well and drizzle all the over salad mix.

Tossed up ingredients for the 5 Greens, Smoked Almonds and Feta Salad
Tossed up ingredients for the 5 Greens, Smoked Almonds and Feta Salad

3. Add the feta and cranberry into the salad with a fork. Make sure to use gentle hands or the feta with crumble.

The cranberry and  watermelon seeds and to the crunch, sweet-sour and nutty taste
The cranberry and watermelon seeds and to the crunch, sweet-sour and nutty taste

4. Add coarsely ground almonds and serve.

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