Grilled Chicken, Brussels Sprouts Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
So the kitchen garden is flourishing knock on wood and I can't even begin to explain the joy in plucking a vegetable and cooking with it, Most vegetables taste soooo much better when cooked with the vegetables from the garden but it is a different high all together to pluck vegetables that can be eaten raw. Freshness in salads is mindblowing.
I have a patch of lettuce growing in the garden and the freshness and crunch from in the salad is unbelievable and the joy of plucking that lettuce and using it in your salad incomparable. If you see too much of excitement here please excuse, my garden usually evokes that in me ;) Here look at the beauty growing in my garden :)
Last week I plucked some of these and then looked at my fridge to see what salad could I whip up. My salad making is usually that a little unplanned and putting together by what is available in the pantry. Making a simple quick dressing and one is ready for a filling, healthy and tasty meal. One day I will do a salad 101 post but till such time here are the salad recipes for you :)
Here is one with chicken, brussels sprouts and a fresh asian style orange and ginger dressing
For grilling brussels sprouts
For assembling the salad
For the dressing
- Pre heat the oven to 200C for 20 mins. While the oven is heating. Clean and slice brussels sprouts in two. Pour the oil and mix with the rest of the grilling ingredients and grill in the oven for 12-15 minutes till softy but not mushy. Keep aside for cooling.
- In a small old jar mix together all the dressing ingredients.
- Clean, tear and dry lettuce leaves either in a salad spinner or by lining up in a newspaper. Wet leaves will make the salad limp, so this is an important step. I prefer to use the salad spinner, it makes my life easier.
- De seed and chop cucumber into small pieces.
- Mix together all the salad ingredients i.e cucumber, brussels sprouts, lettuce, chicken (I prefer to use left over grilled/dry chicken, any other protein like boiled eggs, tofu and paneer also works) gently along with dressing. Be gentle with the mixing and don't crush your leaves.
- Serve as a quick meal or an appetiser to a longer sit down meal.