Garden fresh salad

Posted on September 10, 2009. Filed under: pasta, Starter | Tags: , |

Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : 5 mins.

Serves 4.

1 cup torn mixed lettuce (frisse, iceberg, lollo rosso etc.)
3 tomatoes
10 to 12 deseeded and sliced black olives
1 cup cooked kabuli chana (chick peas)
1 cup cooked penne pasta
1 cup chopped spring onions
½ cup paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
For the dressing
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ tablespoon sliced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
1 teaspoon dry red chilli flakes
Salt to taste
For the dressing
1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the garlic and sauté till it is browned.
2. Strain the garlic out of the oil and discard. Add the chopped basil and salt to the olive oil and keep aside till it cools. Add the chilli flakes and mix well.
How to proceed
1. Marinate the paneer in the prepared dressing, mix well and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Put the tomatoes in a vesselful of boiling water for 2 minutes.
3. Peel, deseed, chop them finely put in a serving bowl.
4. Add the lettuce, olives, kabuli chana, pasta, spring onions and refrigerate till use.
5. Just before serving, add the paneer and the dressing to the salad and toss well.
6. Serve immediately.

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