Colourful salad on ricotta cloud with apple craisin dressing

Who needs Picasso? Add beauty to the everyday by turning your food from the pantry and fridge into a work of art.

Pretty, cheap, and unique, that’s what you will get when you spend a little time personalising your food with your own imaginations and combinations. It doesn’t take much to learn how to do it, and it’s a wonderful project to do in lockdown. Use a favourite story, theme of the month or put your heart into it.

You will find yourself thinking up excuses to whip up a tart or salad dressing every other day once you own a Nutri Bullet.

It will inspire you and satisfy your family the whole month through to Christmas. I needed a warm and healthy lunch on a wintry cold day. I filled my plate with colourful food made in 30 minutes: multi-tasking.

Christmas is just around the corner and that means plenty of entertaining at home with family. I have come up with a beautiful balanced menu for the festive season that’s healthy and delicious kicking off with a warm vegetables and fruits platter.

My salad is light fantastic, healthy, delicious just like the movie made in Heaven. The story ending is she came back to life and he make her a beautiful garden. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful garden on a cloud? Let’s put the garden on a cloud in your plate!!!!

Cloud Ingredients

300 g ricotta cheese
3 Tsp oil
1/8 Tsp salt

Apple and craisin dressing

2 1/2 small apples, cored
100 g craisins
3 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1/2 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp chili flakes
5 Tbs oil
water (OPT) if too dry

Vegetables and fruits salad

6 cherries medley, halved diagonally
6 snap peas, string removed, cut end both side
4 broccoli, florets
4 strawberries, cut into flower shapes
2-3 strawberries halved
1/2 apple, cut to bite size
65 g blueberries


Place broccoli and snap peas in a microwave safe bowl with water, microwave for about 12-14 minutes until softened and cooked. Drain and set to cool aside.

Next put ricotta, oil and salt into blender. Blend until light and smooth 30 seconds. Remove to a bowl. Refrigerate until needed.

Then cut apple to bite size and place in the blender together with craisins, vinegar, salt, chili flakes and oil. Blend till you get a smooth dressing. If too dry, add a bit of water.

Once the vegetables cooled. Put it in a bowl toss together with cherries, apple, strawberries, and blueberries with the dressing.

To assemble on plate, spread ricotta in the middle of plate. Place the dressed salad on top of ricotta leaving some ricotta cheese expose around the plate.

Drizzle some dressing over the salad, if it drip down onto the edge of ricotta is ok. Serve with a glass of white wine. Enjoy!!!

Note: You can use any vegetables, salad, nuts of your choice. Instead of herb dressing you can make fruits dressing. You can use apricot, mango, avocado. You can use mascarpone or cream cheese instead of ricotta cheese. You may omit chili flakes. This salad is for one person. If you are making for your family increase the ingredients amount.



One thought on “Colourful salad on ricotta cloud with apple craisin dressing

  1. mayurisjikoni

    Somehow I’ve never thought of using ricotta for salads. Your fruity flavored salad with broccoli and snap peas looks very inviting. Love the use of apple to make a fruit dressing.


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