I admit, I can be picky when it comes to food. Especially take-out food. Usually, I feel the price is too high for the quality and I end op thinking: “I can do this better myself”. But there are exceptions to the rule. Like the pizzeria around the corner. Because even though I wish it wasn’t so, I can’t fit a stone oven in my kitchen… And secondly Venkel, where Elnaz serves delicious salads. Like this bittersweet spring salad with grapefruit, rhubarb and grilled tuna. In this case, I probably won’t be able to do it better myself, but thanks to this recipe, I can give it a try!
The sweet rhubarb and the bitter grapefruit pair up great on your plate. You can eat this salad as a light lunch or make it a fulfilling evening meal by adding amaranth, cooked in vegetable broth. Although the seeds look like grains, amaranth does not belong to the grain family. It contains no gluten and is packed with vitamin B, vitamin E and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Raw cane sugar
To reduce the sourness of the rhubarb a bit, Elnaz adds two teaspoons of raw cane sugar to the recipe. This type of sugar, called oersuiker in the Netherlands, is made from unrefined dried sugar cane juice. The juice is filtered, evaporated, and then ground into small grains. Unlike refined sugar, it still holds all natural nutrients and minerals.