Have you tried paneer in a salad? Healthy and tasty, this marinated paneer salad is a different way to serve paneer but just as tasty. It makes a delicious healthy midweek recipe.
I often make salads with cheese and I often cook Indian food. Although I often marinate the meats I am using, I forget to treat the vegetarian options with as much care. Therefore, I decided it was time to try paneer again and give it the type of marinade I might use on a piece of chicken.
The inspiration for this salad came from a SaveraPaneer recipe card. I adapted this paneer salad from their chermoula marinated paneer, apricot and rocket salad.
I hate food waste and the ingredients for the marinade go quite a long way. After I'd taken the cubes of paneer out to cook them, I didn't want to waste the remaining marinade. It was really delicious stirred into the yoghurt with some cucumber to make a raita.
What was the verdict on my first paneer salad?
I hadn't cooked paneer like this before and I found it was slightly dry if I ate it by itself. However, eaten with some of the raita it was so so tasty. I've since experimented with cooking marinated paneer and found that the trick is to cook the paneer quickly on a high heat. This stops it from drying out.
Can you adapt this paneer salad?
Feel free to vary the spices in the marinade. You can also use different salad leaves instead of rocket (arugula) and add tomatoes, cucumber and sliced onions.
I know this is a vegetarian recipe but this marinade works equally well on chicken.
This salad makes quite a light meal by itself so I love to serve it with some kind of bread to make it more substantial. It's especially good stuffed into a pitta bread or rolled up in a flatbread.
What should my next paneer recipe be?
Paneer is often an ingredient I forget about but after making this, I'd love to have a go at some more paneer recipes. I have also made paneer stuffed peppers which are another great option for a light meal. I also quite regularly make a spinach and paneer curry as my little boy loves it! After all, it is the classic paneer recipe for a reason!
Marinated Paneer Salad Recipe
Marinated Paneer Salad
- 225 g paneer
Ingredients for the Marinade
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 2 cloves garlic
- 10 g fresh coriander (cilantro)
Ingredients for the Salad
- 50 g rocket leaves (arugula)
- ⅓ cucumber diced
- 250 ml yogurt
- 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
- Put all the ingredients for the marinade into a food processor. Blitz. Add extra olive oil if it is too stiff.
- Coat the paneer in the marinade and refrigerate for a few hours.
- Heat a tiny bit of oil in a frying pan and fry the paneer, letting it brown slightly then turning it over. I cooked it on about 3 sides.
- While the paneer is cooking, mix the cucumber and the remains of the marinade into the yogurt to make a raita.
- Serve the paneer on top of the rocket leaves, with a sprinking of pomegranate seeds and with the yogurt and cucumber raita on the side.
More easy cheesy salads
If you like this marinated paneer salad you might also like one of my halloumi salads. I've got a halloumi, vegetable and pomegranate molasses salad as well as a halloumi salad Mexican style! I hope you like them.
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