A wholesome salad that is perfect as a starter or a light lunch. I love crunchy foods…. something about it is just satiating. This salad is just that, with the crispiness of the fresh broccoli and the crunchiness of the almonds. Pack that with smooth creamy white beans and the sweet spicy chutney and you will find yourself on a flying carpet to the Taj Mahal.
1 broccoli head, cut into florets
2/3 cup plain non fat yoghurt
1/4 cup mango chutney
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 (15 ounce) can of cannellini beans *
1/3 cup slivered almonds
8 large lettuce leaves (for garnish)
* If you don’t have a can of cannellini beans soak 3/4 cup of dried beans in a large bowl of cold water overnight. Drain. Place the beans in a large sauce pan of water, bring to a boil, and cook for 20 minutes. Drain. Return the beans to the pan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil again. Cook until the beans are tender, 1-2 hours.
- Place a steamer tray in a saucepan, pour about 2 inches of water into the pan, and bring to boil over medium high heat. Place the broccoli in the steamer tray, cover the pan and cook until barely fork tender (about 5 minutes). Transfer the broccoli to a colander, rinse with cold water and stop the cooking.
- Meanwhile, place the yoghurt in a small bowl and whisk in the chutney and curry powder. Set aside.
- Drain the beans in a colander and rinse. Pay them dry with a paper towel. Transfer the broccoli to a large bowl and add the beans and almonds. Pour in the yoghurt dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt.
Line 8 salad bowls with a large lettuce leaf and mound the broccoli salad on top.