Crunchy Winter Salad
THEME: #228 WINTER DELIGHTS
Depending in which part of the world you are, winter food can vary according to the climate. A little nip in the air and one can crave for warm salads, hot soups, stews, piping hot daals and rice, hot parathas for breakfast or even comforting drinks. I love countries where one can enjoy food according to the seasons. Mombasa, really doesn’t give us that opportunity as its always hot. While we are enjoying a bit of the cold weather in Bangalore, soups and hot meals dominate our table. However, one really shouldn’t neglect the fact that salads, during winter provides you with the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
SOME WINTER VEGGIES AND FRUITS
- Brussel Sprouts
- Sweet Potato
- Citrus Fruits like oranges, tangerines
- Greens like spinach, fenugreek, amaranth etc
The list is endless depending where you are.
WINTER FOODS THAT I ENJOY
My favorite whenever I see succulent white radish with fresh leaves on it, is to prepare Moora Ni Bhaji and enjoy it with hot rotis. For Sunday brunches its Mooli ka paratha with some pickle and hot masala tea. Soups tend to feature a lot during the cold season and spicy Carrot Soup is very comforting. A comforting khichdi with lots of vegetables in it like my Vrindavan Khichdi is the ultimate comfort food. Sipping on hot Raab or Millet porridge tends to fight off colds, provides energy and is filling. This time I made some homemade Hot Chocolate Spicy Mix and sipping on hot chocolate while watching telly is so satisfying and cozy.
While the day can be pretty warm in Bangalore, evenings tend to turn cold. Therefore, when Priya suggested Winter Delights I was pretty delighted. Delighted as I get to showcase that salads are not only for summer but warm salads can be enjoyed during winter. Before we get into the recipe for the warm Crunchy Winter Salad, I’d like you to check out her Thai Pineapple Salad which I’d love to enjoy but would grill the pineapple. With peas and fenugreek in abundance during winter, I have to try Priya’s Fenugreek and Green Peas Gravy (Methi Matar Malai).
Winter Ingredients in My Crunchy Winter Salad
- Beetroot is definitely the star – winter root.
- Fresh lemon juice to add the tang.
- Pomegranate – to add extra crunch and healthiness.
- Fresh dill – for that awesome flavour
- Spring onion – what can be more tasty then fresh spring onion
- Roasted Buckwheat groat – to make the salad filling
- Turmeric – to ward off winter infections
- Its Gluten free as buckwheat is not wheat but a seed of a flowering plant related to sorrel and rhubarb.
- Its vegan
- For a Satvik friendly salad avoid adding spring onion
CRUNCHY WINTER SALAD
Serves 2 as a main meal or 4 as a starter
1 medium beetroot
½ cup pomegranate arils
½ cup roasted buckwheat
1 cup bean sprouts
¼ tsp turmeric powder
8-10 cherry/ plum tomatoes, cut into halves
¼ cup pine nuts, lightly roasted
¼ cup chopped spring onion
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
¼ cup dried mixed berries or raisins
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp pink salt or any salt of your choice
½ tsp pepper powder
- Mix roasted pine nuts, roasted buckwheat groats, chopped tomato, dill, mixed dried berries, pomegranate,spring onion, pepper, salt, olive oil and lemon juice.
- Mix well and keep it on the side.
- Peel and boil a medium beetroot.
- In the meantime boil about 2 cups water in another pan.
- Add the bean sprouts and let it cook till the water comes to a slight boil again.
- Take the pan off the heat.
- Cut the warm beetroot into small cubes and add it to the mixture.
- Drain out the water from the bean sprouts, sprinkle turmeric powder and mix well.
- Add the warm bean sprouts to the salad mixture.
- Toss the salad gently and serve it warm.
- Its quite difficult to keep beetroot and bean sprouts warm before serving, so best to serve the salad immediately or warm them up again in the microwave oven or saute in a pan with little olive oil.
- Add fresh herbs of your choice instead of dill.
- Add some grated hard cheese of your choice like perocino or parmesan.
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The Girl Next Door
January 7, 2020 at 2:28 pm
Oh wow, what a colourful and pretty salad! Love the addition of pomegranate arils, beetroot and buckwheat groats here. 🙂 Would love to try this recipe out this winter.
January 7, 2020 at 5:13 pm
Thank you so much Priya.
Batter Up With Sujata
January 14, 2020 at 3:37 am
Salad looks so colorful and tempting Mayuri. Loved the use of buckwheat groat in salad. Never used it. Sounds great with warm beans sprouts. I would love to have it plateful as a meal. Don’t want anything with it. Perfect nutritious dish for winter.
January 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm
Thank you so much Sujata.
January 8, 2020 at 3:26 am
What a pretty salad platter!! Liked how you have made this more filling and nutritious with buckwheat groats ..never used it in salads.. healthy nutritious and delicious .. a combined treat for taste buds and eyes!!
January 8, 2020 at 5:47 pm
Thanks Swati, a first time for me too as I had some roasted buckwheat groats left and so added to the salad.
January 13, 2020 at 11:59 am
I have yet to try my hands on buckwheat groat. This crunchy winter salad with all the colorful veggies and fruits look oh so inviting !
January 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Thanks Poonam and its a healthy light meal too. Try roasted buckwheat groat, its healthy and crunchy.
Renu Agrawal Dongre
January 13, 2020 at 8:05 pm
This is such a feeling and comforting salad I would say. I am loving all the ingredients in this and few are my favourites such as Pomegranate, bean sprouts and pine nuts. They would add such a nice crunch to the salad. The garnish of Dil looks super delicious, feeling like grabbing the plate and having it.
January 14, 2020 at 1:31 pm
Thank you so much Renu, it is a hearty salad.
January 19, 2020 at 7:37 am
This super healthy salad looks so tempting.I liked the use of buckwheat groat I am bookmarking this recipe. Your pics are making it so irresistible.
January 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm
Thank you so much Preethi, a healthy and filling meal.
February 24, 2020 at 8:47 pm
Such a colorful, healthy and nutritious winter salad. Looks so delicious and crunchy. Loved the way you have used all nutritious ingredients to make this salad.
February 26, 2020 at 11:09 pm
Thank you so much Narmadha.