Strawberries are in season right now. They are all over Bangalore at the moment, packed in big and little boxes. More often than not, you get the small strawberries here, which tend to be slightly sour and not all that juicy. Once in a while, though, you come across big, fat strawberries from Mahabaleshwar, which are supremely juicy and sweet, with no sourness to them. And when you come across the latter, you grab them by the cartload (OK, I am exaggerating! You buy them by the boxfuls!). This Strawberry & Grape Salad was an attempt at using up some of those lovely fruits – after all, just how many of them can you eat by themselves? – before they faded away into oblivion.
Now, this Strawberry & Grape Salad isn’t the healthiest of salads ever, I’ll tell you that. It has store-bought preserved red paprika and cheese in there, albeit in very little quantities. This surely is a delicious salad, though, I’ll tell you that too, the ingredients blending together to create layers of flavours and textures. I used the ingredients I had on hand at the moment, to make this salad, but you have the option of substituting them with healthier alternatives.
Let’s now see how I made the Strawberry & Grape Salad, shall we?
Ingredients (serves 1-2):
- 4-5 big strawberries
- A handful of grapes
- 1 cube of cheese
- 5-6 almonds
- Salt to taste
- Slices of red paprika in vinegar, as needed + 1 teaspoon of the vinegar
- A drizzle of honey
- A few fresh leaves of basil
- Remove the tops from the strawberries, and chop them into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the grapes to the mixing bowl.
- Chop the cube of cheese into bite-sized pieces, and add to the mixing bowl.
- Sliver the almonds and add them to the mixing bowl too.
- Add in salt to taste, the red paprika slices, honey and vinegar from the red paprika as needed.
- Roughly tear the basil leaves and add to the bowl.
- Mix everything together well. Serve immediately.
- Use big, ripe, sweet and juicy strawberries, for best results.
- Use only seedless grapes to make this salad. I have used purple grapes here, but you can use any variety that you prefer.
- I have used a cube of Amul processed cheese to add flavour to the salad. You can substitute this with any other type of organic/hand-made/zero-chemical cheese to make the salad healthier.
- To add a hint of spiciness to the salad, I have used store-bought red paprika, preserved in vinegar. You can use very finely chopped green chillies, in place of the paprika, too.
- Lemon juice can be used in place of the vinegar I have used in this salad.
- You can add in any other fruits of your choice to the salad too.
Did you like the recipe for this Strawberry & Grape Salad? Do tell me, in your comments!