Monday, 5 January 2015

Warm Salad with a Creamy Blueberry Dressing



When the weather is grey I always crave something colourful for lunch or dinner. Usually I love salads, but when I'm a little cold I don’t always want to eat cold foods. In those cases a warm salad is the perfect answer. This salad gets a little more exciting with a good, creamy and colourful blueberry dressing with a distinct flavour of tahini. I don’t use blueberries in cooking very often, but in this dressing they work very well. And a little change from your usual routine is always nice.

It's always good to try to eat foods in all
colours of the rainbow since they will give you lots of different nutrients and antioxidants. This salad also contains my favourite vegetable kale, which is a real super food and one of the healthiest things you can eat. Eat up!



Warm salad with a creamy blueberry dressing

 
Salad
(Amounts to taste)
Sweet Potatoes
Beets
Oil
Herbal salt, dried paprika, mixed dried herbs
Beluga lentils (or other lentils)
Kale
Broccoli
Goji berries

Dressing
(Serves 2)

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons tahini
1 small lime, squeezed

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 F). Let the blueberries thaw while you prepare the salad.
2. Slice/chop the sweet potatoes and peeled beets. Place them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper and drizzle them with a little oil. Top the sweet potatoes with herbal salt and paprika, and the beets with herbal salt and some extra dried herbs. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes.
3. Boil the lentils in salted water according to the instructions on their package.
4. Tear kale leaves from their stems and chop the broccoli. Steam/boil them for a few minutes until desired softness.
5. Mix the blueberries with the tahini and lime with a hand held blender or in a food processor.
6. Put the kale and broccoli on a plate. Top with the roasted vegetables, lentils, goji berries and blueberry dressing.

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