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Beat the heat with summer salads

india Updated: May 22, 2011 00:28 IST

What better than a crunchy salad on a hot day. City chefs share their favourite recipes.

Oak ash chevre’ + grape + orange salad
Ingredients
60gm Oak Ash chevre’
30gm grapes
1/2 an orange (segments)
10gm pinenuts
10gm walnuts
40gm iceberg lettuce
30gm lollo rosso
30gm romaine
100ml passion fruit juice
100ml vinegar
10ml olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preparation
Wash all the leaves well.
Dip them in ice cold water, take out and set aside.
Reduce passion fruit juice and vinegar together until syrupy.
Cut and deseed the grapes.
Roast the pinenuts and walnuts until golden brown.

Method
Mix lettuce, half of passion fruit juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, together in a large bowl.
Mix the leaves well so that each leaf is coated with the dressing.
Then, cut roundels of Chevre’ and keep on a plate.
Next, place the lettuce on top of the Chevre’.
In the same mixing bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and the remaining passion fruit reduction.
Now, place this on top of the lettuce and serve chilled.

(Recipe by chef Shamsul Wahid, Smoke House Grill and Smoke House Deli)

Raw white asparagus salad with mesclun lettuce
Ingredients
4pc imported green asparagus
4pc imported white asparagus
100gm rucola lettuce
20gm frisée lettuce
20gm imported iceberg lettuce
20gm imported lollo rosso lettuce
20gm imported radicchio lettuce
8pc strawberry

For the Vinaigrette
60ml raspberry vinegar
0.5pc lemon juice
50ml extra virgin olive oil
120gm ham Prosciutto di Parma
Salt and pepper

Method
Peel the lower part of the green asparagus, discard the last 2cm.
Cut off the asparagus tips about 5cm down the stem diagonally and quarter lengthwise
Thinly slice the remaining stems lengthways, repeat the same with the white asparagus
Wash, pat dry and quarter the strawberries
Prepare the vinaigrette and marinade the asparagus.
Just before serving, toss the greens and strawberries with the asparagus vinaigrette and arrange neatly on a serving platter
Garnish with the prosciutto and raspberry vincotto (reduction of raspberries and white wine to thick syrup).
(Recipe by chef Jan Seibold, San Gimignano, The Imperial)

Yoghurt and spiced apple salad
Ingredients

1/4th cup plain curd
1/4th cup apple juice
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp mustard seed
3 gms red chili flakes
1 tsp coconut slices
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 red apples
20 gm iceberg lettuce
15 gm cherry tomato

Method
In a mixing bowl, combine yoghurt, apple juice, raisin, mustard seeds, lemon juice and cinnamon powder.
Now, core the apples and cut into thin wedges or bite size pieces. Toss them in the yoghurt mixture and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Arrange lettuce and place the salad on top. Garnish with cherry tomato and thin coconut slices.
(Recipe by executive chef Tarun Kapoor, The Metropolitan Hotel)

Marinated watermelon salad
Ingredients
Sun dried tomato vinaigrette (for 2 portions)
200gm tomato
2-3 gm salt
120ml olive oil
5gm dijon mustard
30ml white wine vinegar
For the salad
500gm watermelon
20gm feta cheese
10gm pine nuts
50ml balsamic reduction
20ml extra virgin olive oil
2-3gm salt
2-3gm crushed black pepper
100gm rucola leaves (washed)

Method

Cut the tomatoes into wedges without seeds and marinate with 20ml olive oil and salt. Roast at a temperature of 120C for 30 minutes in the oven.
Then, cool the tomatoes and blend them with vinegar, dijon mustard and olive oil.
Take a watermelon and cut it into rectangular pieces — six inches long and three inches thick.
Marinate the watermelon with the vinaigrette, salt and crushed black pepper. Put the balsamic reduction and the vinaigrette on a 12 inch round plate in criss- cross manner.
Arrange the watermelon on one side of the plate
Marinate the rucola with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, crumbled feta and pine nuts.
Arrange the rucola on top of the water melon on the plate.
(Recipe by Sandeep Kalra, executive chef, Trident, Gurgaon)