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The -35% salad

11 May


I’m taking a cooking class on coursera.org. It’s a course on Child Nutrition and Cooking which is not necessarily a course about advanced cooking techniques or anything of that sort. The content of the course seems mostly tailored on preventing Americans from exploding by providing an alternative to fast food, which is a bit of a downer because I do not think the problem is so big outside the USA, but the course is still fun and that’s enough.

The course also requires to hand in some assignments, which, for this particular week, required to make a salad containing at least three vegetables. At the beginning of my project I was bit struggling with deciding what I should do for salad because there are so many different varieties of salad one can do that I could not decide what or which ingredients to use. Plus I did not want to use the recipe of a salad from, I don’t know, Yottam Ottolenghi, Bill Granger, or whoever. While thinking on a plausible solution I had a revelation: I’ll combine my two passions (1) cooking (2) prevent supermarket food from going to waste. I will make a salad which contains only products which are sold in discount. This discount policy is adopted by some supermarket chains in Europe who apply a discount on food which would otherwise be thrown away at the end of the day. It might sound gross, but it really is not. It isn’t that supermarket sell food that is gone off, it’s just before the expiring date. The ‘expiration’ indicator with vegetables, which don’t have an expiration date, is their fresh look or the fact that in a pack of six tomatoes, for example, one is gone off. Anyway, because the supermarket I go most frequently apply a 35% discount to these products, I named my `project’ salad: The 35% off salad.

Obviously, the ingredients which go in a 35% discount salad change depending on season and daily availability, but what I found today were: 400g of cherry tomatoes, 1 iceberg lettuce, 300g of spinaches, 1 yellow pepper, 1 red onion, and a small bunch of radishes. There was also some Greek feta in discount so I bought that one as well.

First I cleaned and washed all the vegetables and removed the rotten leaves and tomatoes I broke the big leaves of the lettuce and spinaches. Then I cut the yellow pepper, crumbled the feta and sliced finely the radices. I then halved the cherry tomatoes, and transferred everything into a mixing bowl.

For the dressing I wanted to make something with yoghurt, but I then defaulted on the red onion. I sliced it finely, and marinated with the zest and juice of an orange. To given it even more body I added two spoons of white balsamico and a spoon of ginger juice. I then plucked and chopped finely some fresh parsley and chive, mixed everything nicely together and seasoned with freshly ground salt and pepper.

Well, among the other things the salad had to appear appealing and with a nice colours combination. What do you think, will I pass?