Delicious Party Salad

Dinner parties are a regular part of the Navy Way of Life. We invite and get invited to NUMEROUS such parties, and since Goa is a rather small base its almost always the same group of people you meet at every party.
Although this has helped forge some great friendships ; most parties CAN and DO get BORING BORING BORING. Just imagine having to discuss how much the maid gets paid at 3 parties in a row!!!!

So it was an understandably refreshing change when we had friends from out of town visiting us. Since we were in any case cooking for 4, I added 2 more families to the list and it was only after all the invites were sent out that I realized that we had 20 people in all !!

The menu was the regular fare- a chicken curry and a Paneer curry and a cauliflower bake which my cook made. I made a Palak Kofta(I shall post the recipe later..It was really good) and the Apple Cake with Ice cream( which ALWAYS earns me praises and gushes and oooh’s and aaah’s and wows!!!

I also decided to try out this wonderful salad that I found on Aparna’s blog. She in turn adapted the recipe from here. Aparna is a fellow Palakkad-ite and a fellow Goa-dweller whose fantastic blog I often turn to for delicious vegetarian fare. Try this colourful scrumptious absolutely delicious salad..It will earn you praises…..

Ingredients:

125 gm paneer
1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 ½ tbsp honey
1 tbsp water
½ tsp garlic paste
80 gm uncooked penne or anyother chunky pasta
1 medium sized red bell pepper, chopped into fairly big cubes
1 medium sized yellow bell pepper chopped into fairly big cubes
1 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
8 green bean, cut into ½” pieces
1/2 cup frozen sweet corn

Dressing:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil

Mix up all these to make a dressing.

Method:
Cut the paneer/tofu into 1/2-inch cubes, and dab using paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Mix the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, water and the garlic paste. Marinate the paneer in this mixture for at least an hour or even overnight. Keep tossing the paneer so it gets all marinated.

Place the paneer on a greased tray and bake at 200C for about 12minutes or till the paneer cubes start to brown at the edges.

In the meanwhile boil water with a pinch of salt.Throw in the beans, carrots and sweet corn and blanch for about 2 minutes.Drain but keep the water.
Now in the same water cook the pasta.Be careful not to over cook. Drain.
Add to the blanched veggies and also add the paneer and bell peppers and tomatoes. Pour in the dressing and season with salt and pepper.Mix well and serve at room temperature…or chilled if you prefer it that way. YUMMMMY!!!!

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