It’s getting colder and that means you’re starting to lust for hot but not-so-healthy comfort foods.
Still, your memories of a wholesome summer are fresh – seawall strolls, cycling, marathons, swimming, and more. Given this, you’ve also spent some time scheming for different ways to get a nutritious but yummy salad on your plate.
This represents an everlasting challenge – to opt for foods rich in nutrients and low on fat quickly feels like an ironically sacrificial responsibility. The sad truth is that it’s futile to place a dish on your dinner table if all you want to do is toss it out your window.
But as an interesting twist of fate, one evening you’re at your friend’s place for dinner, spying your eye on some cool recipes as you sample spoonfuls of her yummy creation. You ask her for her secret and she says that making one little change to your cooking routine can have your nutrition soaring off the charts, changing your lifestyle just one dish at a time.
Daily Hive got its hands dirty by teaming up with Philips to find out what its Airfryer is all about. The Airfryer lets you eat your favourite foods but with less oil, making each dish guilt-free. This recipe is courtesy of Chef Gordon Ramsay for the Philips Airfryer.
Vegetable Salad with Chimichurri Vinaigrette
- 1 white cauliflower, cut into small bite-size florets
- 1/2 head yellow cauliflower, cut into small bite-size florets
- 1/2 head purple cauliflower, cut into small bite-size florets
- 3 small red beets, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch (6-mm) wedges
- Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
- 1 head frisee, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cups (4 oz./125 g) baby arugula
- 6 breakfast radishes, thinly sliced
- 1 small bunch mint, thinly slivered
For the cilantro chimichurri vinaigrette:
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
- 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 bunch fresh chives
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) red wine vinegar
- Juice of 1 lemon, plus more as needed
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat a Philips Airfryer to 360°F (182°C).
2. Place the cauliflower florets in three separate bowls, one for each color. Put the beets in a separate bowl. Season the cauliflower and beets with salt and pepper and drizzle all the vegetables lightly with olive oil. Toss to coat.
3. Arrange the white cauliflower in a single layer in the fry basket and insert into the air fryer. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring the cauliflower once halfway through the cooking time. Transfer to a baking sheet to let cool. Repeat with the yellow and purple cauliflower.
4. Arrange the beets in a single layer in the fry basket and insert into the air fryer. Cook, turning once halfway through the cooking time, until fork-tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet to let cool.
5. While the beets are cooking, make the vinaigrette: Coarsely chop the cilantro, parsley and chives and place in a blender. Add the garlic, shallot, vinegar, lemon juice and red pepper flakes. Turn the blender on high speed and, with the motor running, slowly add the olive oil. Puree until the mixture is smooth and emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add more lemon juice, if desired.
6. To assemble the salad, in a large serving bowl, toss together the cauliflower and beets. Add the vinaigrette to taste and toss to coat the vegetables. Add the frisee and arugula, drizzle with a little more dressing and toss again to coat. Garnish with the radishes and mint and serve immediately. Serves 6.
After cooking and tasting this dish you’ll see that the Philips Airfryer does most of the work for you since it’s so user-friendly, meaning you don’t need any advanced cooking skills to make your meals.
Another plus is that thanks to its rapid air technology you don’t need to use a large amount of oil since an ideal amount of heat is used to make your dish tasty. This means you usually only need about a tablespoon or less of oil.
The Philips Airfryer retails from $249.99 to $299.99. It’s sold at major retailers including Amazon.ca, Costco.ca, Home Outfitters, London Drugs, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and much more.