This unusual salad uses both sweet and tart fruit with cashew nuts to add colour and interest to pretty cauliflower florets, blanched just for a moment to retain their crispness. Roasted cumin seeds and fresh thyme marry the ensemble with their full, delightfully savoury flavours. Serve with a green vegetable or salad and bread.
For a cauliflower, banana and walnut salad, use walnuts instead of cashews and omit the cumin seeds and sharon fruit. Add ¼ tsp ground mace, 1 spring onion, finely chopped, 100 g (3½ oz) seedless green grapes, halved, and 100 g (3½ oz) ready-to-eat dried mango, diced, with the chives in step 4.
In addition to the vitamins and minerals provided by this delicious combination of fruit and vegetables, the nuts provide some protein and essential fatty acids. * Although cashews and other nuts contain a lot of fat, most of this is of the unsaturated ‘healthy’ kind. * Bananas are a carbohydrate-rich fruit, popular with athletes who need to maintain muscle stores of glycogen. * The potassium bananas provide is important for the regulation of fluid balance in the body. Getting the balance right between sodium and potassium in the diet is important in preventing high blood pressure, stroke and coronary heart disease.
B1, B6, copper * B2, E, niacin, potassium, zinc
- 08 Jan 2013