Thursday, March 3, 2011

Orange- Mint Cucumber Salad

Okay! Here we are, Day 1 of my big fat MakeOver!

Of course, i wanted something super-special for the first day... So, ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the superbly cool, incredibly charming...

CUCUMBER! (Drumroll, please!)

Oh! no, no, please don't go deflating like a balloon on me, you really have no idea how cool a vegetable this is, both literally and metaphorically!

I've heard cucumbers being praised to the heavens and then dragged down to the pits by nutritionists and weight watchers, and I do admit it that its more or less just plain H20 in there, with limited nutritional value, but what I adore this cutie veggie for is that it is the perfect blank canvas to just load the flavours on! Stack it up between two slices of bread or stir it up with some thai peanut sauce, anything and everything goes well with the humble Mr Cucumber!

And while we are at it, why don't we dress him up with some orange juice? A dash of mustard for spice? And of course, a sprinkling of mint to keep it fresh and clean.

Now, how bad can that be..

Pair it with spicy curry, rich meat or flavoured rice- But for weight-watching me, its going to be a huge bowl of it for dinner tonight! :D

Orange-Mint Cucumber Salad
Medium Sized cucumbers - 2
Orange Juice* (Fresh juice or bottled) -1/4 cup
Yellow Mustard -1 tbsp.
Honey -2 teaspoons
Salt -I tsp.
Pepper -1 tsp.
Mint leaves –I bunch
Chop cucumber into thin even slices and keep aside
Mix rest of the ingredients well together and add salt and pepper to taste.
(To make this a vinaigrette, drizzle extra virgin oil slowly into the dressing while whisking in quickly with the other hand so that an emulsion is formed)
Pour the dressing into the bottom of the serving bowl and add sliced cucumbers on top.
Finish off with a good amount of fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
Mix well and serve! :)

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