ROASTED BEETROOT AND ORANGE SALAD

Today I am sharing the recipe of this vibrant beetroot salad which bursts with flavour. Soft beets teamed with fresh oranges, mint leaves, paneer and topped with a delicious simple dressing. This salad is a total winner!

Apart from having a beautiful pink colour, beetroot has numerous health benefits too. Beetroot is a rich source of antioxidant, lowers blood pressure and it’s almost fat-free. Beetroot is also high in fibre, iron and potassium. Beetroot is usually perceived as a boring vegetable but it can be used in so many different ways. Try it in soups, salads, cake, stews for not only its gorgeous colour but also sweet earthy taste.
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INGREDIENTS:

3 beetroots
segments of two oranges
1 Chopped  Cucumber
1/2 cup pomegranate kernels
few mint leaves
Crumbs of paneer

Dressing:
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp orange juice
salt to taste
black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place beetroots in aluminium foil and drizzle some olive oil, salt and black pepper. Fold it up and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Once done, peel off the skin and cut in small dices.
  3. To serve, add diced beets on a plate and top with Cucumber, pomegranate, orange segments, mint leaves and paneer .
  4. For dressing,  whisk together olive oil, honey, lemon juice, orange juice, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour 2-3 tsp of dressing over the salad and serve.
  6. You can also throw in greens like baby spinach, lettuce and nuts for better texture.
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SPROUTS AND MIXED VEGETABLE SALAD

One of the easiest and healthiest of all the salads- sprouted green gram salad. Sprouted green gram is rich in protein, easy to digest and when combined with some colourful vegetables and Indian spices make for a very fulfilling healthy evening snack.

You need to slightly plan ahead for this salad, as soaking and sprouting can take around 2 to 3 days depending on the temperature of your place. The recipe is very flexible, add or replace any vegetables of choice. You can also do multiple sprouted salad.
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INGREDIENTS :

1 cup sprouts

Soak one cup of green gram (moong) overnight insufficient water. Drain the excess water in the morning. This step is common for both the methods mentioned below.

*Using sprout maker
I have a sprout maker, so I put soaked moong along with water in it and they are ready in 12-15 hours.

*Using cloth
Take a cotton cloth/cheesecloth and tie the soaked moong in it. Then place it in a warm place and check for sprouting in 1-2 days.
Depending on the temperature at your place, it may take more or less time.

OTHER INGREDIENTS :

Peanuts, pressure cooked for 1 whistle/ boil in water for 10 minutes- 1/2 cup
Finely chopped yellow/red pepper- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped onions- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped tomatoes- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped coriander- for garnishing

OTHER FLAVOURINGS AND SEASONINGS :

Chaat masala- 2 teaspoons
Salt- to taste
Roasted cumin powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Chilly flakes/green chillies chopped/red chilli powder- according to taste preference
Lemon juice- from 1 big lemon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a microwave on high power, cook the sprouted moong for 3 to 4 minutes, tossing once in between. This removes any unwanted odour and bacterial growth from the sprouts.
  2. You can also saute the sprouts in 1 teaspoon oil in a non-stick pan.
    Allow the sprouts to cool down, transfer it to a big bowl.
  3. Add boiled peanuts.
  4. Add all the chopped vegetables except coriander.
  5. Mix in lemon juice, salt and all other spices. Toss the sprouts well.
    Garnished with coriander.
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HEALTHY CHICKPEA SALAD

My hubby dear & I are both in love with salads. Every day I wish to try some new salad combinations and chickpea is my favourite ingredient.
Chickpea Salad is such a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy fresh summer veggies and is perfect to make ahead and enjoy for lunch!

I love fresh summery salads filled with a huge variety of products and this recipe contains so many wonderful, fresh ingredients! Refreshing cucumbers, juicy diced tomatoes, black olives and Lemon dressing are the perfect complement to chickpeas! Not only is the combination of colours and textures beautiful, but it is also loaded with flavour for a totally irresistible meal ready in just minutes.

What I love most about this chickpea salad is that you can customize it to your own preferences.  If you don’t like olives, leave them out….want something a little spicy, throw in a little bit of chopped jalapeno. It’s your salad your way.
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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup  Chickpeas soaked  and boiled  well
1  Cucumber Chopped
2 cups  chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint optional

FOR THE DRESSING:
2 tsp  olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp lemon zest
2 cloves garlic minced
kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, basil and mint until well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, zest and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  4. Cover the salad and transfer to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

    NOTES:

    This Chickpea Salad can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container

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WATERMELON BLUEBERRY COTTAGE CHEESE SALAD WITH CUCUMBERS

I wanted to create a refreshing salad that would cool you off without the need for ice cubes.  It’s starting to get hot and steamy here which makes me crave all the watermelon and cold cucumbers I can find.

It’s been so hot here the only thing I’ve wanted to eat is my Watermelon salad.
Did you know that Watermelon is 92% water and eating it keeps the body hydrated? This Watermelon and Cucumber salad with basil Lemon dressing are perfect in this hot weather as light lunch/ dinner. It’s simple, refreshing and big in flavour

My husband and I love salads. And I always try to make a new combination of salads every time. So here I present a cool combination of salad to beat the heat.

Refreshing and easy, Watermelon Blueberry Cottage cheese  Salad with Cucumbers is the side dish you’ll want at every meal.
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INGREDIENTS:
2 cups large diced watermelon
1/4 cups blueberries ( Here I used dried blueberries )
1 English cucumber cut into chunks
1/2 cup Cottage Cheese ( paneer) diced
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup olive oil
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, add the watermelon, blueberries, cucumber, Cottage Cheese and basil. Toss to combine.picsart_06-09-058282747625511571277.jpg
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the Lemon juice, honey and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
    Serve immediately.

    NOTES:

  • Salad can be made up to 8 hours in advance. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  • You can use fresh blueberries, cranberries and cherries too.

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STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD

This simple recipe is a celebration of summers bounty in the most amazing salad you will ever eat. Fresh crisp spinach salad is taken to another level with bursts of sweetness from fresh strawberry.

It is tossed in Lemon dressing and topped with crunchy walnuts and crumbled paneer.

The sweet taste of strawberry pairs perfectly with the tangy lemon dressing. I have used lemon dressing in this Strawberry Spinach Salad, but you can use a salad dressing of your choice.
You can use balsamic vinaigrette dressing too.

Perfect for everyone also for any time of the day. You can have this crunchy in your lunch.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup chopped Spinach
1/2 Cup Sliced strawberries
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
¼ Cup paneer 1/ 2 tsp seasme seeds

LEMON & HONEY DRESSING:
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

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INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Whisk together Lemon juice, honey, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.
  2. Toss the spinach leaves and strawberries with ¼ cup of dressing.
  3. Divide the spinach and berries amongst two plates and sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons Walnuts and 2 tablespoons Paneer Enjoy!
  4. I used a small fondant cutter to cut paneer and strawberries in a heart shape.
  5. Makes 2 small or One large salad.
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NOTES:

You can also use nuts of your choice, try Almonds in place of walnuts, also you can use a combination of almonds and walnuts too.

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RAW PAPAYA SALAD

I never believed raw papayas could ever be used in a salad, let alone such a tasty and flavourful one.

I tasted this salad first at Palithana Tirth .We ordered a thali in which this salad was served as a side dish. It was really delicious and left an indelible impression{on my tongue } So when I saw raw papaya in the market, I bought it and made this dish.

Raw papayas are very commonly used in Thai cuisine.This is a slightly Indianised version.

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INGREDIENTS:
Grated papaya- 1 cup ( roughly from half too small papaya)
Roasted peanuts- 2 tablespoon
Green chilies (finely chopped)- 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander (finely chopped)- 2 tablespoons

FOR DRESSING: 
Olive oil- 2 tablespoons
Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon ( from half lemon)
Salt- to taste
Roasted jeera (cumin) powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Black pepper- 1/2 teaspoon
Roasted sesame (til) seeds- 2 teaspoons

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take finely grated raw papaya in a bowl. You can either thinly cut papaya or use a grater, you can squeeze and remove excess water, but I used it as it is. Place it in the deep fridge for 5 to 10 minutes so that they firm up.1510235303381
  2. In a small bowl prepare the dressing by mixing olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic. roasted jeera (cumin) powder, salt, and black pepper. Keep the dressing aside.
  3. Lightly dry roast sesame seeds, keep aside.
  4. Take out the papaya bowl from freezer, toss in coarsely crushed roasted peanuts, finely chopped green chilies, chopped coriander.1510240133988
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the papaya, mix well.
  6. Transfer it to a serving bowl, sprinkle sesame seeds and serve chilled.

 

NOTES:

  • You can pep up the taste by adding fine juliennes of colored peppers or cherry tomatoes, though I highly recommend not to do so, the raw papaya tastes great as is!
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