Filling Winter Salad With Balsamic Ginger Dressing

Winter Salad 1When we think about winter foods we think of soups and heavy meals, but where are the salads? There are so many amazing winter ingredients that can be used to create a  filling salad. 

Personally I love eating salads all year round, but I never really added things like red cabbage and kale. Mostly I just go for the mainstream things like cucumber, iceberg lettuce and tomato. However today I totally felt like using new ingredients and that wasn’t a mistake. It is such a different salad that I normally have and that is perfect as I really want to add in more diverse meals to my diet this year.

Ingredients ( 2 servings):

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup chopped pumpkin
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 2 cups kale
  • 2 cups lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • cherry tomatoes
  • paprika powder
  • cumin
  • pepper
  • lemon juice
  • ginger
  • balsamic vinegar

Winter Salad 2Directions:

Start by cooking de pumpkin for a few minutes just till they are a little soft. When they have a good consistency, grill them in a pan till they turn a little brown.

Now add some paprika powder, cumin and a tiny bit of pepper to the chickpeas and mix well. Divided the chickpeas into half and put it on the bottom of the two jars or glasses.

In a bowl add the shredded red cabbage and lemon juice. Let the cabbage absorb the juice, so it becomes a little softer and place the red cabbage on top of the chickpeas. When the pumpkin pieces are nice and golden brown add them on top of the red cabbage. On top of that you can place some kale.

Now cut the apple into cubes, place them on top of the kale and finally add a some lettuce, I used lamb’s lettuce. I cut the cherry tomatoes into small pieces and added them on top of the lettuce too.

For the dressing I mixed a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. I diluted it with some water. I put some ginger cubes into the water so the water could absorb the ginger flavour. I took out the ginger pieces and mixed the water into the balsamic and lemon mixture. You can add as much water as you want, depending on how strong you like it.

In the beginning I had so much trouble styling this meal for the photo’s, I thought I could never post it on my blog because it would turn out boring. However, I kept adding more props and I am absolutely in love with the photo now! Something I learned from that: ‘Never give up!’

I wish you all a beautiful start of the week and I will talk to you soon!

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