A New Way to Think About a Common Food: Bananas
Bananas are so common in the United States that it’s easy to forget they’re a tropical fruit. The yellow, crescent moon shaped Cavendish banana is America’s favorite. It’s a simple snack, works well added into breakfast (in hot and cold cereals, pancakes, on top of waffles), adds moisture and sweetness to baked breads and muffins, and finds its way into desserts, too – but when’s the last time you saw it in a salad?
Baby Greens Salad with Banana-Curry Vinaigrette
A bed of baby greens, tossed with ribboned carrots, diced bananas, slivers of red onion, English cucumbers, toasted pistachios, in a creamy dairy-free curry-banana vinaigrette
Banana Curry Vinaigrette Dressing:
To make the dressing: Toast curry powder in a small pan over medium heat until fragrant, 1-2 minutes, remove from heat and transfer curry powder to a medium bowl. Wipe pan clean. To the medium bowl, add olive oil and vinegar and whisk to combine. Puree 1/2 small banana until completely smooth, and slowly add to curry-oil-vinegar mixture, stirring vigorously to fully incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine. Set aside. Dressing will be creamy. While not necessary, the dressing can be made ahead of time to allow flavors to develop more thoroughly.
To prepare the salad: Using same pan that toasted the curry powder, toast pistachios over medium heat until fragrant or toast marks start to show, 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl, and set aside to cool. Prepare and measure the baby greens, cucumbers, carrots, red onions, and bananas, and add to a large bowl. Top with toasted pistachios. Using a spatula, add just enough dressing to salad to coat (there may be extra). It may be helpful to toss by hand, wearing plastic gloves to reduce mess. Garnish with remaining banana slices if desired. Enjoy.
Nutrition: 230 calories, 18g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 3g protein, 18g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 8g total sugars, 0g added sugars.
Daily Value for vitamins and minerals: 20% Vitamin A, 25% Vitamin C,160% Vitamin K, 20% Vitamin B6, 20% Folate, 10% Iron, 10% Magnesium, 15% potassium.