Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tender Cucumber Salad with Red Wine dressing

The summer has set in with full violence but the good news !!! it has brought on melons, tangy sweet mangoes and of course tender cucumbers in abundance. Cucumber is a perfect cooler for the season and what is best than making a refreshing salad with a simple red wine dressing. Sounds yum na!!! That’s what I made when I got a half kg of tender cucumbers.
Huss always wants mayonnaise to be added to the salads which I didn’t prefer for this salad. I just wanted a mouthful of freshness. So pan-fried some paneer cubes and topped off his salad with this. And he loved it!!!

~*What U Need*~
Tender cucumbers / Vellari Pinji – ¼ kg
Lettuce Leaves – a bunch

Capsicum(julienned) – ½ cup

Salt – to taste

Pepper – a pinch
Chaat masala – a pinch


For Salad Dressing

Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
Red Wine – 3 tbsp

Apple Cider Vinegar – ½ tsp


Optional

Paneer cubes – 10-12

Ginger Garlic Paste – ½ tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Pepper – to taste

How I Made it
Slice the cucumbers thinly. Cut the lettuce leaves. Add the julienne-d capsicum and mix well.

Add the salt and pepper and combine well.
To this add the ingredients in the salad dressing and give it a stir.

Lets prepare the paneer now!!! Heat oil in a pan. Add the ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes off.
Add the salt, give it a stir and add the paneer cubes.
Allow it to cook to brown on every sides.
Add the pepper and toss it. Don’t use spoon to work on the paneer, just gently toss it around.
This step is purely optional. I skipped this for my salad.

Add the sautéed paneer cubes on top of the salad. Sprinkle some chaat masala and serve immediately.

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35 comments:

  1. healthy way to hv paneer.....looks yummy

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  2. Salad looks so fresh and green... I love it:)
    Reva

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  3. This looks so delicious. Nice and healthy bowl.

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  4. so healthy n refreshing salad....nice way to sneak paneer...

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  5. Adding paneer with salad looks very nice!!

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  6. Delicious and healthy....

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  7. this salad looks yum! love the salad dressing :)

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  8. Salad looks refreshing and awesome, fantastic salad dressing..

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  9. Love salad( who doesn't, correct). that looks perfect for summer..loved those paneer cubes on top..YUM!

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  10. I will have no complaints in eating this kind of salads..lovely !

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  11. i love red wine and this dressing sounds fun to me ! gotta try next time in salad.

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  12. lovely, the dressing keeps me hooked !

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  13. Looks so yummy Vimitha .. refreshing.

    Vardhini
    VardhinisKitchen

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  14. Very delicious and wonderful salad !!

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  15. Fresh & healthy salad :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  16. healthy and delicious salad .......

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  17. Like the dressing shall make it pretty soon!

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  18. Nice dressing recipe, and salad is full of flavors.

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  19. i love wine in cooking so much...seriously healthy recipe

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  20. What a refreshing salad! Glad the husband loved it!

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  21. Sounds crunchy and refreshing.. Can always relish a fresh salad..

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  22. Wonderful salad. Healthy and perfect for summer season.

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  23. Refreshing salad ... simply awesome.

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  24. Nice salad with an interesting dressing.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  25. I love tender cucumber,this is a great recipe using it!

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  26. lovely salad Vimitha... I love salad in any form ...yumm !!

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