Let me tell you that I am a big fan of salads, if you don’t know that already. I love fixing up a salad with our meals, or in between meals. Sometimes, these salads are healthy, sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes, they are mostly healthy, but have some fun (read: unhealthy!) element thrown in. This Apple, Pear & Cheese Salad happens to fall into the category of ‘mostly healthy, with one or two unhealthy ingredients’ salads. 😛
This salad was inspired by the number of fruit-based salads I keep reading about on the Internet. I just threw together a few things from my kitchen for this salad, and the end product turned out to be delish! I know, for sure, that I am going to be making this salad, as well as other permutations and combinations of it, over and over again.
Here is how I made the salad.
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 1 medium-sized apple, cored and chopped into small cubes (I used a juicy Fuji apple)
- 1 medium-sized pear, cored and chopped into small cubes (I used one of those light green pears, with a smooth, thin skin)
- 1 cube of processed cheese (I used Amul), chopped into small cubes
- 8-10 roasted, salted almonds (I used Rostaa)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper powder, to taste
- 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon jeera (cumin) powder
- About 1-1/2 tablespoons dried cranberries (with sugar syrup – picked them up at Ajfan)
Mix everything in a large mixing bowl. Serve immediately.
- There’s no need to peel the pear and the apple.
- You could skip the cheese if you want to make the salad healthier, but I felt it added a nice flavour to the dish.
- Feta would be a better cheese to add to this salad, actually, but I added processed cheese since I didn’t have any.
- You could replace the roasted almonds with roasted walnuts, too.
- If you don’t have dried cranberries on hand, you could add raisins to the salad instead.
- An orange – peeled, de-seeded, with the strings removed, chopped into small fragments – could be added to the salad as well.
- You could use vinegar instead of lemon juice, but I prefer using the latter as it is natural.
You like? I hope you will try this out, too!
Here are some other salads that I have made and loved:
- Thai green mango and moong sprouts salad
- Thai raw mango and onion salad
- Thai green papaya salad
- Maharashtrian beetroot-onion raita
- Moong sprouts and pomegranate salad
- Kappa kizhangu/ tapioca salad
- Thai-style moong sprouts and pineapple salad
- Mexican nacho salad
- Simple carrot salad
- Thai-style water chestnut salad