Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring salad with ginger-cumin dressing

This is a very refreshing salad flavored with ginger and cumin. Once you taste this salad dressing, I am sure salads will replace any gourmet meals.

Serves : 4

·         5 ounces baby lettuce mix
·         8 ounces mini heirloom tomatoes, cut into two
·         ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
·         ½ cup sliced almonds
·         Ginger - cumin dressing(recipe follows)

In a salad bowl layer lettuce and tomatoes. Top the salad with parmesan cheese and sliced almonds. Drizzle the salad with ginger-cumin dressing and serve.

Ginger-cumin dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey or blue agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Transfer all the ingredients except olive oil to the blender and blend until smooth. While the machine is running add olive oil in a slow stream. 
* This recipe is adopted from my new cookbook, Trader Joe's Simply Indian.

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes), please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website


  1. Sounds delish. I don't think of cumin and ginger in my salad dressing, but I will have to try this.

  2. The dressing sounds great. Happy Pink Saturday!

  3. Oh I must try this wonderful recipe, it sounds so delish, love the ingredients so I know it will be good, can't wait to try that dressing too...

  4. I tried your srikhand recipe this week for a party at home and it was fab and my guests loved it. I am posting on the art of entertaining later today and will link to your recipe.


  5. Komali,

    I tried your recipe for srikhand and it turned out fab. I posted on the"art of entertaining today" and linked to yourrecipe in my post.



    1. Hi Deepa,
      your table and food looks fabulous. I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the pictures. Congratulations! Great job. One question. Where is my invitation?

  6. This sounds so delicious! Cumin and ginger are both so good for you. I might even add some chopped chicken to this salad for a scrumptious meal! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. This does look refreshing!

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  9. I always like home made dressing better as they don't have vinegar and other preservatives. I have to try this one soon! I tried the spicy one with sriracha sauce here and it's a hit with my family: