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Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing

Posted Feb 15 2011 12:10am
Valentine's Day brings with it a whole gamut of giveaways on blogs - mostly chocolate. I even commented yesterday that chocolate has milk and hence is off-limits, in that I don't buy it myself. But if its offered to me for free, I figure its fair game. In that chocolate state of mind, this salad was born. My chocolate was not vegan, but I just used a couple of pieces, so don't have that much of a negative karma.
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing
I've also used elaichi kera (cardomom bananas) that I think are unique to India - They're half the size of a regular banana, but much sweeter and aromatic as compared to regular bananas.
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing

Ingredients:
  • 1 head of baby/lolo lettuce (approx 4 cups chopped)
  • 3 elaichi keras (or regular bananas, if you can't find them)
  • 2 pieces of dark chocolate, more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
To make:
Peel and chop your bananas into 1/2 inch round discs, and your lettuce fairly finely.
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing Using a knife, chop shards of chocolate - not too fine. Preferably, have your chocolate in the refrigerator beforehand, so its easy to cut and doesn't go all soft in the salad.
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing Combine the vinegar, olive oil, and chilli flakes in a bowl.
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing Add the chocolate pieces to the dressing.
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing Pour the dressing over the salad.
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing Garnish with leftover chocolate shards.
Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing Banana & Lettuce Salad with a Chilli-Chocolate Dressing  Serve immediately or the banana will start to get mushy or smelly.
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