Creamy Potato Dried Fig Salad
For me the best feeling in the world is breaking bread with friends and family over laughter at the dinner table. I would happily spend the entire day in the kitchen preparing dishes and if my guests like what they are served that does make me happy but at the same time it gives me equal pleasure to prepare a dish for myself alone.
As a freelancer who works from home I am not required to step out of my home unless for that trip to the market or a quick visit to the bank or courier service . Then there are times when I want to go out and enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend.
Anyway the point is I would put in the same amount of effort when I am cooking for myself as I would when I cook for 8 guests.
So on a mundane Wednesday afternoon with Lana Del Rey's songs to keep me company I made this salad for myself which includes some of my favourite ingredients. I somehow like a sharp tart taste more than anything else . Hence I used hung curd for this salad and its not just to make the salad healthy. Another favourite ingredient is the humble potato. The softness of the boiled potato alongside the crunch of iceberg lettuce and the sweet taste of dried figs with the creamy dressing made this mundane Wednesday a little less mundane. I do not like overcrowding my dishes with too many flavours hence I used one herb alone.
My father did take a small serving and he liked it mostly for the yogurt which is quite cooling for this sultry weather.
Here is some absolute random thought from my end :-
"Just because I appear to be a blank page
Do not take the liberty to think that you may scribble all over it
For I have written all over it with my invisible ink "
Makes 2 servings :-
Cup used holds 210ml liquid
1.5 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
2 large boiled potatoes
6 to 8 dried figs
For the dressing :-
200gm curd which you make into hung curd by tying it in a cloth and letting the excess liquid drip away for 2 hours
1 tbsp finely minced fresh parsley
Salt as per taste
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Boil the potatoes but take care not to over boil the potatoes because if its over boiled it breaks easily and you would be unable to chop them up to a shape of your choice. Cube the potatoes. Chop the figs.
Shred the lettuce and chill the lettuce , figs and potato cubes.
Just before serving make your dressing by whisking the hung curd, EVOO, salt and finely chopped parsley and pour over your salad and enjoy a healthy meal.