Some days are salad days. Your system is literally lusting for some greens. Generally when I’ve had too many night outs and take away days – I’ll whip myself a salad. It’s like I’m absolving myself of the excesses – even if for one meal! It’s winter though (Bangaloreans shiver at 16 degs, #truestory) and the idea of a cold salad gives me the heebie-jeebies. So my easy out is to make a warm one 🙂
Ideally baby spinach would make the best possible base for this salad – but Namdhari’s almost never stocks that and I refuse to pay 300 bucks for the imported variety in Foodhall. (Cries bloody murder!). So I’ve substituted it with green Leaf Lettuce. I assume mixed green leaves would make a great base as well.
The star here of course, is my most amazing dressing that came to me as an epiphany on a long winter afternoon. (Stops for dramatic pause). I made a basic Balsamic vinaigrette and I knew this salad needed a hint of sweetness. I didn’t want to use honey and I really didn’t want to use sugar. So I took out my bottle of maple syrup and that’s where the magic happened. The balsamic-maple syrup combo is now on my favorite list. Let me know if it makes it to yours as well.