Aesthetics is such an integral part of food that it’s hardly surprising that most of the big trends to make a splash in the culinary world are rooted in it. Whether a fad decrees that you work with a particular type of ingredient (for example, different varieties of millets), a platter of gourmet cheese samples paired with just fruits and nuts, or chomp your way through the colours of the rainbow in a day – be it in a buffet spread with green salads, yellow curries and brown beans, or a mishmash of a one-pot-meal, with a little bit of red and a little bit of white, we know better than to neglect the nutritive value of our food.
Monochrome food is one such novelty that we’ve embraced in this recipe – and obviously not just for the ring of hype around it. Does that mean it shouldn’t look appealing? Of course not. It is definitely a comely little bowl of salad from the word go. But it’s even better that it’s made with locally grown vegetables, and that it is merely a palette for bigger possibilities. Our Red Salad is a wonderful mix of sharp and sweet tastes, held together by a tangy dressing. The textures in it are just as lovely, too – crunchy, chewy and everything in between. This is a salad that not only looks great, but tastes terrific too, and it’s won many raves in our homes.
Monochrome Red Salad
For the salad –
- 2 large red carrots, also known as Delhi carrots
- 1 pink radish
- 1/4 red capsicum
- 4 cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons cooked red kidney beans (rajma)
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils
- 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts with skin
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
For the dressing –
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli garlic sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Scrape and then wash and shred the carrots in a food processor. You can also grate them by hand. Spread them out on a shallow salad plate.
- Slice the radish, capsicum and cherry tomatoes into strips and arrange over the carrots.
- Sprinkle the kidney beans, pomegranate, peanuts and cranberries all over the salad.
- To make the dressing pour all the ingredients in a glass jar and shake well.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.
Note: To add a fruity twist and more sweetness to this salad mix in some sliced strawberries and watermelon chunks.