It started with steamed corn. I put corn in a microwave safe bowl, added a little water and cooked on high for 2 minutes. With the corn done steaming and now cooling, I looked into the fridge for other ideas.
To me, a salad needs a green leaf. I do salads without greens sometimes but nothing feels as fresh as a heap of lettuce. My favorite type is the iceberg and that's the one that goes in this salad. To washed lettuce torn into bite sized pieces, I added the corn, a chopped tomato and some cubed paneer.
Then I made vinaigrette. Now my salad dressing is very different from the traditional recipes. Most people will tell you to make it with three parts oil to one part vinegar. But I just like it tangier. So I poured a tablespoon each of olive oil and white wine vinegar in a bowl. Added a large pinch of sea salt and a sprinkle of pepper, then beat everything with a fork to emulsify the dressing.
Once I'd poured the dressing onto the salad and tossed everything, I felt that the salad needed another texture, maybe a bit of crunch. So what you see scattered around on top of salad is a small bag of mixed nuts. Add it after you toss the salad with the dressing, in fact just before eating, so it keeps crunchy to the end.