Grilled paneer and mango salad with ginger dressing

Grilled paneer and mango salad with ginger dressing

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Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast
Serves
4
Photographer
Emma Lee

This is a really fresh, vibrant and fruity salad with the grown-up edge of ginger and chilli. A good, ripe mango is important as it will add vibrancy and set off the crumbly, creamy paneer. I make my own paneer as it’s easy and much creamier than shop bought. You can substitute mozzarella (don’t grill it, of course). Lastly, find good-quality sun-dried tomatoes. I buy mine from a deli; they are more sun-blushed than dried and are moist and fresh.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

For the ginger dressing

Quantity Ingredient
6-8 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
6 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the paneer
salt, to taste
2 teaspoons caster sugar, or to taste
20g root ginger, finely grated, (peeled weight)

For the salad

Quantity Ingredient
300g Paneer, cut into long flat rectangles or other shapes
freshly ground black pepper
4 large handfuls baby spinach or mixed salad leaves
110-120g sun-dried tomatoes in oil
2 large ripe mangoes, cheeks cut off and diced into 1.5 cm pieces
1/2 small red onion, finely sliced
1 mild red chilli, finely sliced, (optional)
handful coriander leaves, chopped
handful roasted cashew nuts
or handful roasted peanuts

Method

  1. Put the grill on. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Make sure the sugar and salt have dissolved and the whole thing emulsifies.
  2. If your paneer is not fresh, soak in boiling water until it softens, around 10 minutes. Then toss it in a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on an oiled rack and grill until it has browned on the edges, around seven to 10 minutes. (You can also griddle the paneer in a hot griddle pan.)
  3. Meanwhile, toss the remaining salad ingredients with the dressing, either all together or separately, depending on how you want to present the salad. When the paneer is done, place on top. Serve immediately.
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Indian
vegetarian
Anjum
Anand
Asian
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