Salads

Vegetable salad

Salad

My paternal aunt who prefers to have raw vegetables and fruits more than anything for her supper time, had prepared this salad at home when we visited her last month. This salad is so refreshing and I love the way how she used so many vegetables into one salad. I was full after having this salad and felt wonderful. I usually make salads or soups everyday before having dinner, so this salad made a new entry into my list and I prepare this most often than any other salad!

Serving-6 people

Ingredients:

Baby carrots -5

Baby radish -4

Yellow, orange, red bell pepper– Quarter of each

Cherry tomatoes– 1/4 cup

Spinach- 1 cup packed

Lettuce- 1 cup packed

Sweet corn- 1/4 cup

Tofu– 1/4 cup chopped into cubes

Cranberries-1/4 cup

Honey roasted groundnuts -1/4 cup (optional)

Toasted walnuts – 1/4 cup chopped

Dressing:

Any italian dressing

or

Honey- 2 tbsp

Freshly squeezed orange juice – 3 tbsp

Olive oil– 1 tbsp

Balsamic vinaigrette– 1 tbsp

Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Chop all the vegetables into small cubes.

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Finely chop the leafy vegetables. Mix everything in a bowl. Add chopped tofu, cranberries and mix well.

Mix the dressing in a small bowl. Sprinkle salt, pepper and dressing according to your taste. Finally add the toasted walnuts and honey roasted groundnuts on top and serve immediately.

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Raw mango salad

I am always inspired by dishes that I eat at a restaurant and have the habit of mimicking it at home, of course with a little help from search engines from the web. This is one such recipe which I absolutely fell in love with when I had it in a Thai restaurant. It takes less ingredients and time to prepare this salad.

Ingredients:

Raw mango -¼ of a mango chopped into matchstick size pieces (choose a mango which is a bit firm)

Bean sprouts- 1 handful

Lettuce- 4 leaves

Peanuts/groundnuts- 1 handful roasted and ground coarsely

Shredded dry coconut- 1 handful roasted lightly (optional)

Spring onions- small bunch, chopped

Coriander/cilantro– ¼ finely chopped

Fresh basil- ½ Tbsp

Dressing:

Soy sauce– 2 Tbsp

Sugar-1 ½ Tbsp

Chilli garlic sauce- 1 Tbsp

Preparation:

In a bowl mix soy sauce, sugar, chilli garlic sauce and keep aside. Mix chopped raw mango, bean sprouts, peanuts and spring onions in another bowl.

Take a lettuce leaf. Add the mango mixture in the centre and sprinkle the dressing as per your need.

Garnish with cilantro, basil leaves and roasted coconut. Now wrap the lettuce so that the mixture do not fall from any openings and enjoy!. We can make four lettuce wraps with the above given measurements

Optional:  If you do not have lettuce, you can have the salad by itself.

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Spinach Salad

I love to make this salad in summer, it’s so juicy and tasty. Sometimes my husband and I do not feel like having heavy food for dinner and that’s when salad comes into the picture 🙂

Ingredients:

For dressing:

Olive oil-2 tsp

Seasoned rice vinegar-1 tsp

Soy sauce-¼ tsp

Juice of orange-3 tbsp

Honey-1 tsp

Fresh ground pepper-for seasoning

Oregano- for seasoning (optional)

Salt-to taste

Salad:

Orange -3 to 4 slices halved

Baby spinach leaves-2 cups

Dried cranberries-2 tsp

Pecan/walnut-2 tsp halved

Wonton strips- few

Preparation:

Combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk until it is well combined. Add to the salad and mix well. Before serving add a few wonton strips and serve.

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