Friday, 11 May 2007

An Interesting Salad


The Organic bag arrived yesterday, and as I tipped it onto the table, a product I had not used for ages fell out - Mixed Bean Sprouts. Mung beans, lentils, aduki beans, chickpeas. A superb and healthy array of green, orange and brown little sprouts. All lovely to look at, but what could I do with them?

Bean sprouts are so lovely. Fresh and crunchy and with a taste of a freshly podded pea, they are perfect to pick up any old dull salad. Health experts reckon we should be eating more of them, and after sampling the ones that arrived at my house, I'm happy to take them up on the offer. Delicious and different with the added bonus of being rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins.

I had a little thin rump steak left which I guessed could be cut into strips and briskly fried. I also had an abundance of greens such as rocket, spinach and baby red chard leaves. An interesting salad was on the cards. And that is what I did.

An exciting chilli, honey and orange dressing was quickly made up using the bottom of my orange juice carton, a little drizzle of honey, a pinch of chilli powder and some olive oil. It was then just the simple matter of slicing a few tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, a shallot and combining it all with the leaves, bean sprouts and dressing. Hot beef on the top and within 5 minutes, we all had a very tasty and healthy salad for lunch. Beautiful.

Mixed Bean Sprout and Hot Beef Salad
Feeds 2

100g Mixed Bean Sprouts
Mixed seasonal leaves, such as spinach, baby chard, rocket and watercress
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 sun dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
A handful of olives of choice
3 large tomatoes, sliced
100g rump beef, thinly sliced

For the dressing
3 tbs orange juice
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs honey
A pinch of chilli
Salt and pepper

1 - Make up the dressing by thoroughly combining the ingredients.
2 - In a pan, heat up some oil and briskly stir fry the beef.
3 - In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients then toss with the dressing.
4 - Pile onto plates then scatter with the hot beef.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where did you purchase the mixed bean sprouts. I eat them at my Salad Loop but have not been able to find them in a grocery store that are as fresh as the Loop.