Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Healthy Salads for Summer


Capture the sunny taste of summer with some light and healthy vegetables and tangy fruits.The salad recipes that i will share with you today will delight your taste buds.These recipes are full of antioxidants,vitamins and calcium and are also easy to make.

1.Tangy Vegetable Salad
Ingredients
Cucumber-1
Onion-1/2
Carrot-1
Tomato-2 small
Green chilli-1
Lime juice-2 teaspoons
Peanuts- 7-8 roasted
Cilantro- 1 teaspoon finely chopped
Salt to taste
Method
-Finely chop the onion,green chilli and tomatoes.
-Peel the cucumber and carrot and grate it.
-Heat a pan and slightly roast the peanuts.Allow it to cool and pound it.Keep aside.
-Take a bowl and add all the vegetables and salt.Toss it properly.
-Cut the lime into half and squeeze the juice out and keep in a separate bowl.
-Add lime juice to the tossed salad and mix well.
-Sprinkle the roasted peanuts and chopped cilantro on top.

2.Chick Peas Salad 
Ingredients

White chick peas(kabuli chana)-1.5 cups
Onions-1
Tomato-1
Green chilli-1(optional)
Shredded Coconut-2 teaspoons
Chaat masala-1 teaspoon
Lime juice-1 teaspoon
For tempering 
Oil-1 teaspoon
Curry  leaves-3-4 leaves
Mustard seeds-a pinch
Method
-Soak the chick peas for 7-8 hours and boil them in a pressure cooker by adding a little salt and 5 cups of water.Cook for 3-4 whistles.When cooked, allow it to cool completely.Take out in a separate bowl.
-Finely chop the onions,green chillies and tomatoes.
-Heat a pan and add oil.Add mustard seeds and curry leaves.Let it splutter.
-Add chopped onions,green chilli and tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
-Add the tempering to the cooked chickpeas.
-Add lime juice and mix and sprinkle shredded coconut.

  3. Sweet Corn Salad
Ingredients

Fresh Sweet corn-1
Salt-a pinch
Butter-1 teaspoon
Processed cheese-1 small cube
Black pepper powder-1/4 teaspoon
Method
-Boil the sweet corn till it's properly cooked.
- Hold the stem end of the corn cob and cut the corn kernels by using a sharp knife.
-Mix the corn kernels with salt and black pepper.
-Add melted butter and toss again.
-Add shredded cheese on top and serve.

4.Bell Pepper salad
Ingredients 
 Red bell pepper-1
Green bell pepper-1
Yellow bell pepper-1
Sweet corn-4 tablespoon
Black olives-4-5
Fresh basil leaves-3-4
For the Dressing
Extra virgin Olive oil-1 tablespoon
Vinegar-1 teaspoon
Castor sugar-1/2 teaspoon
Method

Dressing
-Mix all the ingredients for dressing together in a bowl and stir thoroughly.The sugar should blend completely in the dressing.Keep aside.
-Cut all the above ingredients except the basil leaves and keep in a bowl.
-Add the dressing to the salad and toss.
-Put the basil leaves on top.

5.Green Moong Sprouts Salad
Ingredients
Green Moong dal-1/2 cup
Tomatoes-1
Carrot-1
Onion-1/2
Green chilli-1(optional)
Chaat masala-1 teaspoon
Method
To make sprouts

-Soak the green moong dal overnight.Take a clean muslin or thin cotton cloth and put the soaked moong dal on it.Tie the cloth by taking two opposite sides at a time.Make a tight knot.Sprinkle a little water on the tied cloth and keep it in dry and dark place.You can see sprouts coming out the next day.
-Finely chop the green chilli,onion and tomato.
-Peel and grate the carrot.
-Mix all the vegetable with the moong sprouts and mix with a spoon.
-Sprinkle chaat masala on top and toss again.

6.Green Salad
Ingredients
Cucumber-1
Radish-1
Carrot-1
Beetroot-1
Tomato-2
Onion-1
Lime -1
Salt to taste
White pepper powder-1 teaspoon
Method
-Wash the vegetables thoroughly and peel the beetroot,carrot,radish and cucumber.
-Cut all the vegetables into thin rounds.
-Cut the lime and make thin slices.
-Place all the cut vegetables on the plate and sprinkle slat and pepper on top.
-Add the lime slices on top.


















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