Fall salad dressing

Fall Salad

And a talk about focusing attention
Fall salad vegan idea

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 Val Venosta Pinova apple
  • 100g mixed baby greens
  • ¼ purple cabbage
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 10 walnuts, shelled
  • 1 Tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • ½ Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • ½ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ lemon, juiced
    a handful of onion sprouts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • salt

For the dressing:

  • 1 ½ cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 fresh chili pepper
    salt

Method

Make the salad:

→ Wash the carrots, cut them in half lenghtwise and place them in a lined baking tray. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the tray in the top part of the oven and turn on the grill. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the carrots are lightly roasted.

→ Thinly slice the purple cabbage, then sauté In a medium pan with olive oil, salt, garlic and a splash of water for 10 minutes.

→ Thinly slice the apple and drizzle with the lemon juice.

Make the dressing:

→ Blend all the ingredients until you get a creamy – but not too thick – sauce.

→ Adjust with salt and water if needed.

Arrange the salad:

→ In a serving plate place the baby greens, purple cabbage, carrots and sliced apple.

→ Sprinkle the walnuts, pomegranate seeds, sesame seeds and onion sprouts on top of  the salad.

→ Drizzle 3-4 tablespoons of the dressing sauce and serve the rest of it on the side.

Creative talk

I struggle to concentrate. I love jumping from one thing to another in a matter of seconds and constantly moving. There are advantages, like coming up with many ideas per day, and disadvantages, like not following through with a single one of those ideas. Sometimes, it feels like having superpowers, being in so many places at once. But, TBH, having to endure my constant streams of thought ends up exhausting me and those around me, expecially at work. To rein myself in, I focus on the role of habits. At work, it means trying to plan everything meticulously, a perfectly organized system between one task to tick off and the next one. I need the reward of feeling like I’m making progress. But as I move up in difficulty, I always end up stuck on something. Here the chain breaks and the mind starts to wonder again. The list grows longer, my mind becomes overcrowded with thoughts, and the whole system collapses.

 

At this point, I need a break. Being alone for a while. I must engage in activities that force my thoughts to match the speed of my body.

 

Retreating to the kitchen is one of these activities. I get to work, focusing on the details, like the dimension of the vegetable slices or the creaminess of sauce, while excluding everything else.

 

I’m preparing a Fall Salad, a quick preparation that celebrates all the smells and colors of the season. It seems like my thoughts start falling, too. I take the cooking time to tidy up everything around. Finally, I sit down at the table and eat, trying to keep my focus on the food. Now I’m ready to go back to that checklist.

 

P.S. Actually, when I sit down at the table, I always like to imagine variations of the recipe in terms of ingredients, spices and pairings, never truly able to put a hold on my imagination.

 

— Leo

 

→ If you are interested in learning something about how your attention span works and how nutritions and habits can affect it, try this episode from Dr. Huberman’s podcast.

→ If you prefer reading: McLachlan, S. (Dicember 22, 2021). The science of habit.

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