Indian Vegetarian Salad Recipes
Salads are as close to nature as our food can get! Made of fresh, fibrous and nutritious ingredients tossed with flavoursome dressings, salads are not only healthy but tasty too. Ingredients like fruits, sprouts and veggies come in varied flavours and textures, and when they come together in intelligent combos they kindle one’s appetite and give an instant sense of wellness.
Low Cal Salads
Low-calorie salads are eaten by many on a regular basis as they provide abundant nutrition without the risk of gaining weight. Being rich in fibre, salads keep you full for a long time and avoid snack sprees. Plus, the fibre also helps lose weight if the rest of the person’s diet is also conducive to it.
Although most salads contain a bundle of fruits and veggies, what often compromises the calorie count is the dressing, if made with oil, cream, and other such rich ingredients. So, when making low-cal salads, it is important to pay attention to every ingredient. You must go for low-cal curd, low-cal paneer, low-cal dressings, etc. In this Fruit and Veg Salad, for example, we have used low-calorie Thousand Island dressing instead of a fat-loaded dressing made of mayonnaise.
It is also wise to pick fruits and veggies that are low on the calorie count, such as carrot, bell peppers, orange, apple etc.
1. Sprouts and Veggie Salad
2. Zucchini, Bell Pepper and Sprouted Moong Salad
You will find dozens of low-cal salad recipes at - so many that you can lunch or snack on a different salad every day of the month and thereafter too!
Light salads are accompaniments enjoyed with a regular meal. These are not too heavy, but are made with vibrant ingredients and flavour-givers, which add a splash of colour and flavour to the meal. These salads must ideally be quick and easy to make, because you will be preparing them in addition to other dishes.
Within minutes, you can make a lovely salad of beetroot and garlic, which adds abundant energy to your meal.
You can transform a seemingly regular vegetable salad into an attention grabber by using a peppy dressing, such as in the Vegetable Salad with Lemony Apple Dressing
If you are looking for ideas to make light and colourful salads that instil energy into a meal, head straight to Light Salads Recipes.
In general, everyone knows about the health benefits of salads and agrees that they must be consumed every day as part of our regular diet. However, many people do not have time to prepare salads and skip it. These Quick Salads, made within minutes with easily available ingredients, will be handy for these busy bees. The busier you are, more important it is to consume healthy foods like salads to bust your stress and keep healthy. So, do not compromise at all – start right from today and make yourself a salad every other day!
We always have ingredients like cucumber, tomato and apple at home, so you can make this salad without much ado any time you wish - Cucumber, Apple and Tomato Salad. Likewise, you can also make the most of seasonal fruits and veggies. When orange is in season, go for something like this easy but exotic Lebanese salad - Orange Sesame Tabbouleh. When you feel indulgent, go for something like the Creamy Beetroot and Corn Salad, a rich and creamy salad that can be made without any difficulty.
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Salads with Dressings
Some salads can be eaten plain with just a simple seasoning of salt and pepper, but most salads require a dressing to improve their taste and texture. The dressing has the power to make or break a salad. Even simple ingredients can be converted into an exotic salad fit for a party by using the appropriate dressing!
Check out the peanut dressing on this Thai Veg Salad with Peanut Dressing and the lemony, garlicky olive oil dressing in this bean salad Kidney Bean Salad. And here, we have used olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar to give the vegetable salad an unusual twist - Beetroot, Peppers, Carrot Healthy Salad for Work.
Note how the dressing transforms the salads into tongue-tickling delights. For more salad recipes with dressings, check out Salads with Dressing Recipes
Best of all are the recipes that require no cooking – and these salads are typical examples. Resplendent with the natural, raw flavours of the ingredients used, these salads rely on the combination of ingredients to bestow a mouth-watering impact on the diner! Absolutely no cooking is required, which makes these quicker and easier to prepare too. You can enjoy them every day!
This Lebanese salad is usually served with falafels, but it tastes so good that you can enjoy it just by itself - Tabbouleh, Lebanese Tabbouleh.
Here is a colourful salad that is easy but tasty, with a fabulous lemon juice and olive oil dressing - Cucumber Bean Sprouts and Apple Salad.
As simple as any salad can get, this Cabbage Salad is so tasty that you and your family will crave for it.
A whole lot of mix and toss, no cooking salads are featured on Toss & Mix Salads (No cooking) Recipes, to increase the goodness quotient of your meals without sweating in the kitchen!
Salads that make a Meal
It is now becoming increasingly fashionable to have salad meals – and it’s nice to see a healthy trend for a change! Known by names like lunch salads, Buddha bowls, etc. these are really sumptuous salads that can be had in place of a meal like lunch or dinner. These usually combine veggies and fruits with grains and possibly other ingredients like cottage cheese, tofu or mushrooms.
The best part is that most of these salads can be carried to work also to have for lunch. You need to pack the dressing in a separate container, and toss everything together just before eating. Try this healthy lunch salad that’s colourful and vibrantly flavoured too - Beetroot, Peppers, Carrot Healthy Salad for Work.
By paying some attention to the ingredients and dressing, you can also make loads of vegan salads like this - Vegan Healthy Lunch Salad
Put together your favourite veggies, pulses and healthy fats, to make a superb salad like this - Masoor, Beets, Zucchini , Peppers Lunch Salad
Game for a salad meal? Take your pick from here - Wholesome Salads Recipes.
The best thing about salads is that you can mix-and-match your ingredients, and come up with an endless variety of salads. Peep into your fridge, pick up all the ingredients that tempt you, and put them together with a peppy dressing to make a bowlful of good health! There’s nothing to hold you back from making a salad. Snacking on salads is a healthy habit that you will be thankful about all your life because it’s healthy, versatile and creative - no holds barred, and available in plenty anywhere in the world, so you never have to go hungry ever again.