Foodie Feature – Colours on a bed of Lettuce from Sahar at Oryx Land Life

A fellow lover of beautiful colourful salads, ma shaa Allah. 

Read on for her interview and the recipe for her dazzling salad!

Interview with Sahar 

I see on your blog, you confess to having a bit of a salad obsession (ahem… like me, lol). Why do you love salads so much and what’s your absolute favorite?

Salad obsession is not something new to me. Growing up my Mum used to serve a simple salad of lettuce, cucumber, tomato and onions every single night for dinner. Lettuce leaves were my favorite since childhood. I was also introduced to Iranian cuisine at a very young age and this leaf called ‘Jarger‘ (arugula) that is eaten with their lamb kebabs. I was so used to eating this that even now when I eat arugula I can taste those yummy kebabs. My absolute favorite is arugula mixed with Tabbouleh, a typical Middle Eastern salad.

Do you like mixing sweet and savory?

I love sweets over savory and a mix of sweet and spicy/ savory is the way to my heart!

Are there foods that you don’t really like eating?

I dislike some foods that are served raw. Like I cannot eat a carpaccio or sushi. I cannot even stand Miso either. Sometimes seafood gives me allergies so I dislike a few varieties.

We all have bad days in the kitchen. What’s your biggest ‘Oh, that did not go as planned’ kitchen/meal disaster?

Oh yes! I have had the worst kitchen disasters. I remember once I had put some sugar to caramelize and went to watch something that popped on the TV and totally forgot about the sugar. There was complete smoke for hours and the Fire Alarm wouldn’t stop. And the smell of burnt sugar! Don’t even ask me how long it took to get that smell off.

What’s the one kitchen tool you couldn’t live without?

My favorite kitchen tools are my knife and food processor. I cannot live without the two.

Where do you see yourself and your blog in the next few years? 

As a serious blogger now, my aim is to collaborate with food brands/houses to create healthy halal recipes. I would also like to team up with gadget companies when something new comes up. These are my near future plans. I am also planning to up my game in food photography and learn gourmet plating. I hope I reach my goals soon!

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Colours on a Bed of Lettuce

‘The only thing I like about the end of winter in Doha is the abundance of fruits as spring arrives. There are clementines, mandarins, berries, and figs and you can start imagining all sorts of salad combinations while grocery shopping. I love colors.
For me, nature is so inspiring and full of colors waiting to be used by humans for God has created everything for human consumption. So why not get lost in the beautiful wonders of nature and get inspired to create something your friends and family will love!
Here is a beautiful salad recipe that can be rolled up and can be eaten like a tuille.’

 Colors on a Bed of Lettuce Recipe

  • Strawberries         – 6 cut into halves
  • Figs                        – 3 cut into quarters
  • Romaine Lettuce – 6 leaves
  • Clementines         – 1 peeled and cut into pieces
  • Avocado                – 1 thinly sliced
  • Pumpkin seeds    – a handful
  • Raw Honey           – 1 tbsp
  • Orange juice         – 2 tbsp
How to prepare:
  1. Wash and cut all the fruits and tear up the lettuce leaves to the size of your palm.
  2. Arrange lettuce leaves on a plate and add the fruits and avocado.
  3. Mix honey and orange in a bowl and pour over the arranged salad. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and serve.
  4. Roll up each lettuce leaves as you eat so that you can get everything in there. Clementines and lettuce is a match made in heaven! Enjoy!!

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