On a hot humid day, a fresh crisp plate of salad is all one wants. It is not only about the nutrient profile but the cooling effect it has that makes one crave it. Salads contain essential nutrients and a wellness profile that makes the right kind of noise.
Salads need not be boring and dry. There are many excellent ways to mix, blend, and combine to make you drool and feast on these summer favourites. Here are some lifesaver recipes for those hot lazy days which will make you sway.
Cucumber Balsamic Salad with Olives
How can we begin any summer salad recipe without saying cool cucumber and olives? You guessed it right Cucumber Balsamic Salad with Olives is like a Sunday surprise that you can have any day. With just 10 minutes to prepare and a short five minutes to cook, this dish is classic and worth all the hype. The sliced black and green olive give their crunch to the cool iceberg lettuce also making this dish look wonderful. While cucumber lends its freshness, the capsicum adds its crispness, and the dressing of balsamic vinegar lends its irresistible tanginess to this dish. Prepare to be amazed as you begin to serve two. Sharing? Good…
Asian Carrot Salad
Carrot, for all its goodness, is not everyone’s favourite, yet we are sharing with you a recipe for a carrot salad that is too good not to eat. Asian Carrot Salad is full of the goodness of carrots. With lime and white vinegar dressing giving this salad a wonderful kick, there is no way you can pass this bowl. Seasoned with ground cumin, ginger, coriander leaves and sliced onions you have got a new favourite salad. If this is going to make all your summer salad dreams come true then here is the recipe.
If you are in the mood for a classic salad, we say out loud Caesar Salad. It is a meal in itself, creamy and just a bit tangy. With fulfilling boneless chicken pieces thrown with crunchy salad leaves, it’s the grated cheese and mayonnaise that brings the ultimate creaminess. The croutons finally tie everything together. This combined blend makes the salad a winner every time. If you are inviting your friends over, this salad will catch their attention. Here is the recipe to make a delicious Caesar salad.
Sprouts & Mango Salad
Summer and mango are indeed a match made in heaven and in walks Sprouts & Mango Salad. The vibrant orange-yellow fruit mixed in a bowl of sprouts with the drizzle of lemon makes it perfectly crazy for hungry tummies. As you toss in sliced cucumber and cherry tomatoes for the added measure you also dial up the healthy levels of this salad. This is the best way to enjoy the otherwise boring sprouts. With just a quick 15 minutes to prepare and cook this serves four. Offer this satisfying and also healthy summertime staple to your team.
Watermelon Salad with Feta
Watermelon is most people’s go-to during the hot summer season. Watermelon Salad with Feta is healthy and delicious too. The delicate crunch and crisp texture of the watermelon remain intact when it is sliced. Not just that it looks stunning with the attractive translucent red balls of watermelon lying side by side with the cut apple pieces. The grated feta cheese makes it irresistible while the seasoning of coriander and mint brings in the fresh fragrance of the season. With the favourite dressing of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, this is what we call a spellbound finesse.
Greek Chickpea Summer Salad
Last but not the least, Greek Chickpea Summer Salad is one of our favourite salads whose praises we are now going to exalt. A celebration of all things crispy-crunchy just fits the bill when you are in the mood for this summertime salad. A great bowl which can satisfy your hunger pangs at any time of the day, this salad will be wolfed down on repeat. The red crispy watermelon and green cucumber are mixed well with boiled kabuli chana to give it the wholesomeness of a meal. The wonderful drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt, pepper, lime juice and 1/2 tsp lemon zest over the salad, all blend well together with the feta cheese that gives it the Greek twist. Are you already wowed? Take this recipe and thank us later.
Why have salads in summer?
- A bowl of healthy salads keeps the body cool.
- It helps in maintaining your ideal weight.
- Veggie and fruit salads are a natural source of fibre therefore healthy.
- Salads strengthen the immune system.
- As salads are full of nutrients it improves eye health.