The chickpea and lettuce salad was a talking point for many of my friends when I asked them if a picture of such green salads makes them want to try the recipe. Most of them honestly said no. Some said may be sometimes when it has a nice dressing.
But it's the baked muffins and cakes and cheesecakes that attract more foodies and lure them to try the recipes. Those beautiful pictures look irresistible.
Please tell me again. Don't you find pictures with attractively arranged greens tempting?
I always do. My husband doesn't. Although he loves some of the salads I make but if seeing pictures he never would be tempted to a green salad. I find it strange.
Coming to this salad. I know this would be another of those recipes which get repeated again and again and a head of fresh lettuce on the shelves would remind you of this salad. And you would pick up one.
(one meal serving)
a dozen medium sized leaves of curly lettuce (or 6 large ones torn into halves)
3 boiled eggs (soft or hard as you like them)
1/2 cup onion slices pickled in 2 tbsp white vinegar and salt to taste for 10 minutes
spicy cheese spread (recipe below) 1/4 cup or a little more
Tabasco sauce (hot pepper sauce) for drizzling
Spicy cheese spread recipe...
2 tbsp grated cheddar cheese (or processed cheese)
2 tbsp full fat milk
1 tbsp fresh cream ( I used malai)
1 tsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp red chilly powder( or less if you can't stand this hot)
salt a pinch
mustard powder a pinch (optional)
crushed garlic one clove
Mix everything together and microwave for 30 seconds. Mix well and microwave again for 10-15 seconds. Let it cool as you assemble the salad.
Assembling the salad...
Lay out the lettuce leaves on a plate, smaller and medium ones as whole and bigger ones halved.
Place quartered boiled eggs in each of the 'lettuce bowl' and top each quarter of boiled egg with a tsp of the spicy cheese spread. Place a few of those pickled onion slices over them.
The lettuce bowls are supposed to be wrapped around the egg quarters and popped into the mouth. Be ready for an explosion of flavors and textures.
This is something you can place on the table and your guests or kids can assemble on the spot.
This is a tingling hot salad which is quite filling thanks to the eggs and cheese. Crunchy fresh.
A refreshing summer meal. Mostly taken as a lunch for me....