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 Top 10 Healthy Vegetarian Salads

  Last Updated : Oct 26,2018

Top 10 Healthy Vegetarian Salads

Salads are as close to nature as our food can get! Usually made of fresh fruits or vegetables tossed with flavorsome dressings, salads are not only healthy but tasty too. You can even add handful of millets or pulses/ dals to make them more filling. They come handy when you don’t have time to prepare a full meal, or when you don’t feel hungry enough, but still need to have something to double up as a meal. Check out our article of healthy vegetarian salad recipes that are also, great salad recipes for diet and good option for dinner.

All things ‘beany’, a combination of kidney beans, chickpeas and broad field beans , the Three Bean Salad tossed in a lemony basil dressing is not only healthy but also, provides with good amounts of nutrients like iron, protein and fiber and also makes a perfect side dish. Also, if you do not like so many beans , you can try this Rajma Cucumber and Carrot Salad with fiber rich ingredients that help reduce bad LDL cholesterol making it a hearty salad. Rajma/kidney beans combined with quinoa to make Black Bean Quinoa Veg Salad is another appetizing treat that you will want to make and enjoy quite often.

Sprouting increases the nutrient content manifold, thereby topping the list of nutritious foods. Masala Mixed Sprouts Salad with Coconut with basic Indian flavours from chaat masala, coriander and lemon juice with the natural, raw flavours of the ingredients used makes a lip-smacking snacking option! Vibrant kale is rich in fibre and iron with soothing apple tossed in a lemony honey dressing, makes Kale and Apple Salad a quick and easy winner in all aspects.

If not beans, you can even munch on this Whole Masoor Salad, with wholesome ingredients like whole red lentil, an assortment of vegetables in a tangy dressing of lemon juice and green chillies.

Don’t restrict yourself to dals and pulses, put together your favourite veggies, cereal grains like cooked barley and healthy fats, to make a superb salad like Barley Feta and Spinach Salad. Similarly, you can make Chick Pea, Mushroom and Barley Salad with Balsamic Dressing with an assortment of textures from the juicy crunchy cucumber, barley and mushrooms for chewiness.

We don’t recommend potato salad or sweet potato salad as part of a healthy meal as they will push up your blood sugar levels and stop the fat burning process. However, Greek Salad and Salad with tomato works well as they are healthy.

top 10 healthy vegetarian salads

 by Tarla Dalal
Here is another lip-smacking way to enjoy wholesome masoor. In this irresistible Whole Masoor Salad, this nutrient-packed lentil is combined with assorted veggies and a tangy dressing of lemon juice and green chillies. A dash of olive oil in the dressing rounds off the flavours well, while a sprinkling of pepper adds to the excitement. Indeed, this tongue-tickling salad is a great way to top up on protein, fibre, iron and B-complex vitamins.
The Three Bean Salad features an excellent combination of different beans tossed in a tantalizing lemony basil dressing. The beans offer an ideal low-cal way to consume protein and fibre, which help to keep cholesterol under check. The addition of lemon juice provides vitamin C to protect the arteries against harmful oxidative damage, as well as to improve the absorption of iron from the beans. Iron is essential to maintain normal blood flow to the heart and in turn to all parts of the body. In short, this lip-smacking Three Bean Salad is a zesty path to good health!
 by Tarla Dalal
Munch your way to a healthy heart! A lip-smacking combination of carrots, cucumber and cooked rajma beans dressed in mint, honey and a dash of lemon juice as well. This tangy dressing is not only healthier but also much tastier than many an oily, fat laden dressing! All the key ingredients in this salad are fibre rich, and so help reduce bad LDL cholesterol. If you are planning to make the Rajma, Cucumber and Carrot Salad, soak and cook the rajma earlier, so that you can toss it up in a jiffy.
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Red and green salad with peanut dressing, a horde of ingredients make this salad a nutrient rich munch. Rich in vitamin a, c, iron and zinc, all required for healthy skin and hair growth. The peanut dressing is a must try! chose veggies of your choice to suit your palate.
Name the texture, name the flavour, and you are sure to find it in this exciting salad. From cucumber for a juicy crunch, and kabuli chana for a mealy touch, to barley and mushrooms for chewiness and sun-dried tomatoes for tang, this Salads features a wide assortment of ingredients, further enhanced with a tongue-tickling dressing of peppy vinegar, refreshing lemon juice and olive oil – which does the balancing act. Enjoy the Chick Pea, Mushroom and Barley Salad with Balsamic Dressing chilled, to relish an exciting crunch and to avoid sogginess.
 by Tarla Dalal
Kale is a tasty variety of cabbage, which is commonly used in salads and sandwiches across the globe. Nowadays, it is available in specialty stores and supermarkets in India too. This delicious Kale and Apple Salad combines the unique flavour and texture of kale leaves with crunchy strips of apple, shredded cabbage and melon seeds. A tangy dressing of honey and lemon adds to the spectrum of flavours that this salad offers your taste buds! Serve it immediately upon tossing to enjoy the bubbly, fresh flavours. Check out for many more Fruit Based Salads on
Simple, fuss-free and delicious: the best way to describe this salad. It is a crisp and tangy salad with basic Indian flavours from chaat masala, coriander and lemon juice. Serve this as a salad, or serve this as a snack if you are watching your weight. It is extremely filling and healthy. However ensure not to overcook the sprouts.
Salads are a boon for health conscious people. Easy and quick to make, they are tasty and bursting with good health. A scrumptious salad like the Barley Feta and Spinach Salad is filling enough to make a healthy snack. Cooked barley is combined with feta cheese cubes, juicy greens and crunchy veggies, not to forget a dash of lemon juice and olive oil for a flavour boost. We have thrown in some black olives to give the salad an exotic touch and a memorable taste. Serve the salad immediately upon tossing. Have a go with other salad combinations with barley, like Barley and Corn Salad and Chick Pea, Mushroom and Barley Salad with Balsamic Dressing .
 by Tarla Dalal
This Black Bean Quinoa Veg Salad is a super tasty and exciting way to consume power-packed ingredients like quinoa, beans and veggies. It has ingredients of various textures, which gives you a wonderful mouth-feel. The Orange Vinaigrette Dressing, which combines orange juice with honey, herbs and spices causes a burst of flavour when you munch on this salad! This multi-textured, multi-coloured, multi-flavoured salad is a truly appetizing treat that you will want to make and enjoy quite often. It is grand enough to be included in a party menu too. You can also try other interesting recipes using quinoa like Quinoa Muthia , Quinoa and Ragi Pancakes with Beet Cheese Sauce , Coconut Quinoa with Coconut Curry , Blueberry Quinoa Coconut Pancakes with Eggs and Lemony Quinoa and Baby Spinach Soup .
Ready in a whiz, this healthful and refreshing salad is a great addition to your meal. Serve it as it is, stuff it into a bun, or roll it in a chapati, and voila you have a tasty meal ready in minutes. With the goodness of three beans, crunchy spring onions and tangy tomatoes, not to forget a peppy lemony dressing, the easy three bean salad is a winner in all respects – be it taste, convenience or health.
 by Tarla Dalal
Greek Salad is a popular choice, all over the world. Made with Romaine lettuce, cheese and veggies dressed in a lemony and herby olive oil dressing, this salad is a multi-textural treat with myriad flavours packed into a bowlful. The use of feta cheese gives the salad a unique texture and taste, and the veggies are also chosen such that the salad has a good balance of juiciness and crunch. Serve the salad immediately upon tossing before the veggies lose their crispness. Try other salad recipes like the Papaya, Peanuts and Capsicum Salad , and the Paneer and Corn Chatpata Salad .
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