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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Plum Corn bread Salad with Cider Vinegar Dressing
A salad as good as a meal
Inspired by the Louisiana style corn bread salad, hearty corn bread,dry and fresh fruits,nuts,seeds ,baby greens and cherry tomatoes - this is the splendid low-calorie salad ,rich in essentially healthy ingredients.I skipped all the cheese and mayo and used the reduced cider vinegar dressing instead.The vinegar soaked bread gives a nice tart kick to the salad.One could also replace the cider vinegar with balsamic or rice vinegar.
Besides the other ingredients in the salad,the ancient acidic condiment - vinegar also has several health benefits unknown to many of us:
*Vinegar is good source of potassium,an essential nutrient.
*Aids in digestion,considered a good detoxifying agent
*Neutralizes the harmful substances in food when taken as drink before meals
*Helps in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.And also maintaining blood glucose levels.
*Diluted vinegar drink ,taken twice a day can aid in weight loss and arthritis.
All convincing reasons to use it often in every day cooking.
Recipe : Plum Corn bread Salad with Cider Vinegar dressing
3 cups Jalapeno Buttermilk corn bread,cubed
2-3 fresh plums,seeded and sliced
2 cups baby kale or arugula
6-8 cherry tomatoes,quartered
3-4 dried figs,quartered
1 tablespoon pumpkin and sunflower seeds
1/4 cup dried nuts(cashews,almonds,pecans,pistachios or walnuts)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Heat the vinegar in a small saucepan,reduce to half its original quantity.Cool it.
Toss all the other ingredients in large mixing bowl.Pour the vinegar all over and toss again.Keep cool in fridge until time to serve.
The salad is my entry for WHB #248 ,hosted this week by Astrid of Paulchen's Foodblog