By Mallika Bhatia
When taste and health are married, they give birth to this awesomeness. This salad is perfect for the fall: it has the colours, flavours and mood of fall. It is crisp, yet mushy, exactly when you need it to be. It is cold, yet warm and it is delicious, yet healthy. If you are a salad lover, you have to try this one. The sweetness and warmth of baked vegetables combined with the crunch of lettuce creates magic in your mouth. Yet, this salad is simple to make. Here’s how:
Iceberg lettuce, washed, dried and hand torn: 1 large bowl
Eggplant/brinjal/aubergine slices: as many as you like
Zucchini slices: again, as many as you like
Bell peppers of your choice, sliced. I usually put a lot of red, a little less of yellow and even less of the green)
Bread for croutons
Walnut or olive oil
For the dressing:
Walnut or olive oil
Garlic flavoured or plain salt
In an oven-safe dish place all the sliced vegetable, splash oil, salt and oregano. Toss, then bake at 220 degree C for about 30 mins.
Stir the vegetables every 10 mins.
For the croutons, I usually just put in a slice of whole wheat bread during the last 4 minutes in the same dish. Once done, cut the re-baked bread into cubes of your desired size. (If you have ready made croutons then skip this step.)
Now place the lettuce in the serving bowl and dress with balsamic vinegar, walnut or olive oil and salt (I prefer garlic salt here). Toss well. Add the baked vegetables and croutons and serve immediately.
Once the lettuce is placed in the serving bowl, keep it in the fridge for a few minutes for that cool crunch.
You can also add shredded grilled chicken or boiled eggs to the salad for protein.
Mallika Bhatia is Life Coach with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a Diploma in Hypnotherapy, with more than 13 years of experience in this field. She is a writer, a blogger, and a published author with regular dedicated columns in two National Dailies in India. She also manages The Hope Tribe, a platform to share true stories of people who overcame obstacles and became real heroes. She practices in Munich at her office in NeuHarlaching or over Skype/FaceTime. Her website has more details about her work & for regular doses of wisdom, like & follow her on Facebook.