Sep 28, 2010

Cool off with a hot and sweet summer salad :spinach-pear-salad with nuts, raisins and chili flakes

Its very hot in southern California...and hence time for loose T shirts and simple dinners. 

Yesterday, I came up with an impromptu simple salad that balances the heat with heat. Chili flakes in a summer salad. 

Spinach-pear-scallion salad. With Chili flakes

But fun is the dressing does not have ANY oil/vinegar in it. And me thinks that is what it made so ultra fresh. You know, if you haven't grown up with the concept of a dressed salad, * like me*, then the flavor of oil becomes almost redundant in some cases. So, here is a thought.

Try salad dressings without the oil/ butter. Especially citrus, summery and veggie ones. I think there is something about the bright flavors that makes those salads ' only betah'.

  • Lay down a bed of baby lettuce. If you don't have some on hand, feel free to use Arugula or even chopped up regular lettuce.
  • Cut up pears coarsely and lay them over the bed of greens. You can also use any green fruits. I suggest honeydew or guava, if you are looking for something exotic
  • Chop up 3-4 stalks of green onions and sprinkle them on top.
  • Sprinkle in a half a palmful of raisins
  • Followed by little nuts. You know those available for topping cakes. Contains a great mixture for a low price. I got mine for 88 cents and its lasted me three dishes and still going :)
  • mix together the juice of 1/3rd fresh lime with 1/3 tsp of chili flakes. 
  • Drizzle on the salad
  • Season with tons of black pepper and little salt. You can use some balsamic vinegar too. Bet will be great
  • Toss and serve :)

You are so ready to cool off..and have a trillion tons of it. It will only do you good and you will feel fresh and good. My promise :)

Happy eating and healthy living


My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely healthy salad. I'm not ready for summer to end so this is a wonderful transition into fall.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Have an abundance of fresh pears right now. Looks good!

Reeni said...

This is so fresh and delicious sounding! I do a lime with a touch of honey dressing that would be wonderful on here too!

Chow and Chatter said...

great salad I need to add pears to mine more

Sanjana said...

Sounds gorgeous- what a great way to cling on to the fading summer :)

Jhonny walker said...


glad you all like my idea of holding onto vanishing summer.

Reeni..a touch of honey would be lovely. I will try that the next time :)

theUngourmet said...

It's unusually warm here is Oregon right now too. Your salad looks like just the thing! :)

Jhonny walker said...

Hello ungourmet

Its been the same way here in San diego. And hence that salad :)

Bridgett said...

It has been incredibly hot here too in Northern California, so I feel your pain! This is the perfect salad to cut the heat. This is very creative.

Jhonny walker said...

:) Thanks Bridgett