My favourite Greens | 2 bonus tried & tested salad recipes

Vegetables and me are not best friends. Especially if they are raw.

Only few types of salads excite me and if I'm really into them I would shamelessly ask for the recipe.

One of them, need no asking as it's pretty easy to do. I had it first at Bateel - a Dubai-born cafe specialising in dates. It uses very simple ingredients and 6 years old Dates Balsamic vinegar which I purchased at Bateel. I love halloumi that is served with it. Halloumi cheese makes it chewy and tasty and it makes me think I'm eating chicken hehe.


All you need are :

A bunch of arugula salad leaves (known here as gerger and comes cheap)
Cherry tomatoes sliced into halves
Halloumi Cheese (sliced and pan fry with a little olive oil so it doesn't stick to the pan)

For the dressing
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
6 years old Dates Balsamic Vinegar

Just toss them all up. Served chilled.


Next is another type of salad but this time, the leaves doesn't come cheap. But it was sooo good when I first tasted it, I couldn't wait to make it to have it again! It has few new ingredients I never had before so off to Spinneys I went for them. I don't regret it. The Quinoa which costs an arm and a leg is good for several servings so I forgive myself for that. Yesterday I got my very first box of organic supplies - how wonderful to receive a package of locally organically grown vegetables right at my doorstep! Check out if you are in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. They gave me a few pieces of kales leaves and I was so making this salad. They also gave me a few new vegetables that I never bought before - reminds of those masterchef cooking competition - the surprise box with odd ingredients? What am I going to do with radishes and turnips? I have yet to figure out yet, but anyway here is the recipe -

Kale & Quinoa Salad recipe :



A bunch of Kale (Sliced thinly)
Quinoa (1/2 cup washed and cooked with water like you would with rice)
Walnuts (optional)
Dried Apricots (this is the teaser, it is a key player for the outcome of this salad)
Spring onions (sliced just a few strands)
Pomegranate (optional)
Feta cheese (crumbled)

The dressing goes like this 

Wholegrain mustard (1 teaspoon)
Avocado (Very ripes ones, 2 tablespoons)
Lemon juice (to taste, a wedge or two would do it)
Olive oil
A bit of apple cider vinegar (optional)
Honey (1 tsp)

Mix all the dressing together and give it a good whipping. Add the kale, quinoa and the rest of the ingredients and toss it around. Chill it for a bit before serving. You'll love it :D It's almost a full meal with the Quinoa acting as the carb agent. I love this with just bread and butter served on the side.

There you go. Some healthy recipes for the win!


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