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AMPALAYA SALAD

WHILE VACATIONING AT MY SISTER'S HOUSE, I WHIPPED UP A FRESH BATCH OF THIS SALAD THAT I INVENTED BECAUSE OF MY NEED TO INCLUDE THE AMPALAYA OR BITTER GOURD SOMEWHERE IN MY DIET. TO GIVE IT A NEW FACE, I HAD TO ADD INGREDIENTS THAT ARE ACCEPTABLE TO THE PALATE AND AT THE SAME TIME MASK SOME OF THE BITTERNESS OF THE GOURD WITHOUT COMPROMISING ITS HEALTH BENEFITS. I RUMMAGED MY SISTER'S PANTRIES, LOOKING FOR ANYTHING I CAN USE, PICKLES, PINEAPPLE TIDBITS, HMMMN, NO BEANS..., TOMATOES, CHECK, RED ONIONS, TWO CLOVES OF GARLIC, CANNED TUNA, OOOPS.... THERE YOU ARE, APPLES... LOTS OF APPLES.

WHILE WORKING ON THE SALAD, I WAS LAMENTING THE FACT THAT DESPITE THE DRIZZLING OF ORANGE AND CALAMANSI JUICES, THIS PRETTY LOOKING BUT UNUSUAL DISH WILL NOT HAVE AN AUDIENCE ON OUR DINING TABLE. I WAS WRONG, EVEN MY NIECE LIKED IT. IT WAS A HODGE PODGE OF A SALAD, ANY FRUITS YOU CAN THINK OF, NEVER LEAVE THE AMPALAYA, YOU CAN OMIT THE TUNA IF YOU PREFER THE VEGETARIAN STYLE, BUT ADD PLENTY OF S…