Beautiful, Bountiful Salad !

Beautiful Boutiful Salad!
Beautiful Bountiful Salad!

Serves 4

I love the colors and flavors of the fall season.The breath taking beauty and bounty in nature all around us, at Thanksgiving time, is so inspiring! Mother Nature motivated me to create this salad,that I feel is rich in color, taste and texture. And of course it is healthy too with the wheat berries, vegetables, fruit, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, avocado and turmeric.

” You use turmeric in Indian cooking right? How do I use it ?” I have been asked that question so many times. A lot of people want to incorporate turmeric powder in their recipes and do not know where or how to. Well how about using it in a salad….like this one? I use it in many of my recipes like Festive soup for Thanksgiving, Touchdown chili , Kheema Calzone and the Rice Bowl with Potato curry ,to name a few.

In this recipe I used it three times! To infuse the wheat berries and the dressing and also on the grilled carnival squash. I  know what you are thinking….carnival squash again? Yes because it is so easy to use! Plus I loved its mellow, sweet taste. Sprinkled with turmeric powder, salt, chili powder and  grilled, it gets a party going in your mouth!

The wheat berries are a favorite of mine for their nutty taste and chewy texture. Also they seem to ‘soak up’ the flavor of the spices used in cooking. I get the wheat berries at Whole Foods. I wash and soak the berries in warm water, preferably  overnight, so they area breeze to cook the next day. I just boil them in water with a touch of sea salt and drain them.

Indian spice infused citrusy salad dressing
Indian spice infused citrusy salad dressing

The carnival squash and fruit juice salad dressing with the combination of the Indian spice tempering is just blissful! I always wanted to get a photo of the salad dressing as it is being poured. I asked my husband to pour the dressing  so I could take the picture. He wants you all to know that he was the hand model:)

Ingredients-

  • 1 medium sized carnival squash
  • 1 teaspoon oil plus 1 teaspoon butter . I used extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 to 5 fresh curry leaves, washed and dried on a paper towel
  • 1 green chili, slit lengthwise, leaving stem end intact
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  •  1 cup cooked wheat berries
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice

For grilling the carnival squash-

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • sea salt to taste

For the dressing-

  • 1 teaspoon oil. I used extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup of the cooked squash. I used the two ends of the cooked squash left after cutting the rings.
  • 1 cup orange peach mango juice
  • sea salt to taste

Other vegetables, fruit  and nuts I used for the salad-

Baby spinach leaves, red cabbage, apples, avocado, mandarin oranges ( I used the Dole fruit cup),pomegranate arils,

dried cranberries (I used Ocean spray craisins), walnuts.

To make the salad-

  1. Cook the carnival squash as directed in Festive Soup for Thanksgiving but cook it for 8 minutes instead of 12 minutes. Set it aside to cool.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Add the curry leaves, green chili, mustard seeds, asafetida, chili powder and turmeric powder. when the mustard seeds start to sputter, add the wheat berries and toss to coat the wheat berries with the spices. Add the sea salt and let the mixture heat through.
  3. Remove from heat, sprinkle the lime juice and set aside to cool.
  4. Cut the carnival squash into slices, about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle both sides of the slices with the turmeric, chili powder and salt.
  5. Grill both sides of the rings over medium heat. I used a grill pan.
    Grilling Carnival squash
    Carnival squash rings

     

  6. For the dressing-Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, asafetida, turmeric powder and chili powder. When the mustard seeds start to sputter,add the cooked squash flesh and toss to coat it with the spice mixture. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.
  7. In a blender add the cooked squash mixture, juice and sea salt and blend to make the yummy dressing!
  8. Arrange the salad in the squash rings and serve with the dressing on the side.

    yummy salad dressing!
    Indian spice infused citrusy Salad dressing

Enjoy the splendor of the fall season! Have a great weekend!

Love,

Sandhya

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Mitzie Mee says:

    I see..that’s what you use turmeric powder for:) As a matter of fact, I bought a sachet 6 month ago. It’s still in my cupboard as I had no idea what to do with it:)

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Mitzee. You will see turmeric powder used in so many of my recipes. Let me know how you use yours in the sachet:)

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  2. Gorgeous colors, the essense of the fall season! I will try the rub on some squash I purchased at the farmer’s market yesterday. Thank you for the idea.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Hi Liz, Thank you! I love the colors and tastes of the fall season. The rub will taste good on squash. Let me know how you like it.

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  3. reocochran says:

    The invention of this salad should be published in a magazine. See if you may enter a contest with it, Sandhya. I love your beautiful flavors described here and the lovely photos are so colorful. Perfect presentation!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Robin for your encouragement and confidence in me! I am so flattered!

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  4. Loretta says:

    Wow, how did I miss this colorful and flavorful post? The pictures just pop right out and the healthy ingredients as always, just so right. Today I bought a pomegranate for a garnish for Thanksgiving, your red berries def look like it, but I don’t see it mentioned in your recipe? Just a perfect seasonal dish Sandhya. This really should have been entered in a competition, you’d have won, hands down~

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you my dear friend for your sweet words! I would win hands down if you were the judge:)
      The berries in my recipe are wheat berries and the ones you see on the salad are pomegranate arils.
      I want to check out the sweet potato tacos you mentioned. I love sweet potato recipes. How are your Thanksgiving preparations going? Grocery stores are so crowded that I want to make a detailed list so I don’t have to go in again because I forgot something 🙂

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