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Avocado & Strawberry Salad

14 Jun

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp cider vinegar

1 tsp goat cheese

some sliced strawberries

1 pitted avocado – sliced

some parsley leaves

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, olive oil, honey, vinegar, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Place the salad greens and top with sliced avocado and strawberries. Drizzle dressing over everything. Refrigerate for upto 2 hours before serving.

 

 

 

 

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Mango Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

5 Jun

I often love to experiment with the salads. So i thought of including MANGO, this season to my salad. Believe me, this turned out to be actually great. It was highly refreshing and the flavors in the salad really coagulated very well. This is very easy to make and also very refreshing.

We often avoid mangoes because they are high calorie fruit. But I actually found a lot of benefits for this fruit, especially for you, so that you could indulge into the fruit guilt free. I came across 10 Benefits for eating mango:

  1. Fights and Prevents Cancer – Mangoes are full of anti-oxidants which prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. It also helps in prevent leukemia.
  2. Improves Eye Sight – It contains high dosage of Vitamin A or Retinol which helps protect eye sight.
  3. High amount of Fiber and Vitamin C – It contains high amount of fibre and Vitamin C which helps to eliminate the Low Dencity Lipoprotein thereby bringing cholesterol levels down.
  4. Maintaining the Alkaline balance of the Body – This is an amazing fruit which helps to maintain the alkaline balance of the human body because it contains elements like malic acid, tartaric acid and also a very good amount of citric acid.
  5. Increases Metabolic rate – Like papayas, mangoes also help in improving digestion because it is very rich in fibres. Fibres help in good bowel movement and this inturn helps increase metabolic rate. Increased metabolic rate helps in cutting down excess stomach flab.
  6. Boost Immunity
  7. Enriched with Anti oxidants – Mangoes are enriched with antioxidants and this helps in cell rejuvenation and cell repair.It helps detoxify skin from inside and also prevents occurrence of acne.
  8. Increases Fertility – Mangoes are rich in folate or folic acid which helps in improving fertility. It is a form of Vitamin B and folic acid deficiency that can cause miscarriage in women.
  9. Trace Minerals – Mangoes contain trace elements like copper, selenium, zinc and potassium which are essential for human well being. Absence of these trace minerals can cause a lot of health problems. So start including mangoes in your regular diet.
  10. Vitamin E – Mangoes are rich in Vitamin E, which helps increase and improve the sex drive in humans. Mango fruit benefits also include reducing cholesterol and preventing diabetes. I know you would be surprised reading this, but it is true. Mangoes contain natural sugar, and each has nearly 31gms of sugar, but at the same time it is low on glycemic load, this means that it the blood sugar is not affected.

Serves: 4

Time required: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Mango finely cut

1/2 Cucumber finely chopped

1/2 Red Bell Pepper finely chopped

1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper finely chopped

Some lettuce

some sweet corns

Dressing:

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp chopped parsley

ingredients mango salad

Method:

  1.  Cut mango, cucumber, bell peppers and put them in the bowl.
  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and let it chill in refrigerator.
  4. Before serving, arrange the lettuce on the plate and place the salad on top. You can decorate with some cherries.

mango salad

 

 

 

 

Apple & Tomato Sprouts Salad

18 Feb

Often we look around for healthy dinner options. If you are on a diet then this sprout salad is an ideal thing to try. Sprout is not only recommended as a diet food but it is nutritious for the young children too. This salad is filling and serves as a complete meal.

Recently, I read something really interesting about the nutrient value of sprouts. When the seed starts to sprout, the proteins break down into amino acids, carbohydrates into simple sugar and fats into fatty acids. Also, sprouting increases the vitamin content especially vitamin B. All these organic compounds can be easily assimilated by our body.

So here is a simple and healthy way to start sprouting. Sprouts are not only delicious to eat but also it is a great activity to do with your kids. To make sprouts at home is relatively simple. For this you would need:

  • Green/ Brown lentils 2 tbsp
  • Closed Jar or Muslin Cloth

How to Sprout:

  1. Take 2 tbsp of the green/ brown lentil seeds, remove stones, sticks, weeds etc.
  2. Rinse seed (if seed is small and clean, can skip this rinse)
  3. Soak seed in water for 8 hours.
  4. Rinse soaked seed, put in a jar or a damp muslin cloth for 2 days.
  5. Important: After 12 hours seeds must be washed and kept back into the jar or the cloth.
  6. After 2 days, the sprouts will appear and can be eaten. These can be stored in refrigerator for further use. If not used within 12 hours, seeds should be rinsed every 24 hours in refrigerator. Best is to eat FRESH!

TO MAKE APPLE AND TOMATO SPROUT SALAD:

Ingredients:

1 apple chopped

1 tomato deseeded and chopped

1 onion chopped

2 cups sprouts

salt and pepper to taste

Juice of 1 lemon

1 lemon for garnish

coriander (cilantro) for garnish

Method:

  1. Put apple, tomato, onion and sprouts in a bowl. Toss until uniformly mixed.
  2. Season the lemon juice with some salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the seasoned lemon juice on the salad.
  4. Garnish with some cilantro and lemon wedges.
  5. Eat Fresh!

 

 

Greek Salad

14 Sep

Last night, JS and I both felt like having something light. So again we had salad for dinner. One thing great about salads is that they are not so time-consuming and yet very filling. Both of us are really fond of mediterranean food, so I thought that I should try out a Greek salad this time. Something I like about Greek Salads is that it has some tinge of sour taste to it.

While I went last week to Citywalk (my favourite hangout), I picked up some feta cheese from my favourite cheese store, Passion Cheese. Being a cheese lover myself, I see their cheese is fresh and tasty.

Nowadays all sorts of dressings are available in the market but I usually prefer to make at home. As everyone in my family likes to eat fresh. Trust me, dressings are not at all time-consuming. Also, Ingrediets of this salad are easy to find at home.

Salad

1 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage (I used green one!)

1 cup lettuce

100 gm Feta cheese

8-10 green/black olive cut into half

1 tomato

Dressing

4 tbsp Hung curd

4 tbsp cream

1 tbsp mustard sauce

1/2 tsp salt and pepper

To Garnish

1 slice bread (cut into cubes)

Oil for frying

1/4 tsp oregano or mixed herb

In a bowl, mix cabbage, and tomatoes.

Tear in some lettuce!

Some olives pitted. Chill the veggies in the fridge.

Now prepare the dressing. Mix all the ingredients.

Bring back the salad and pour the dressing.

Put the feta cheese and chill in the fridge. Now prepare for garnish.

You can use a stale bread.

Heat the oil.

Fry the bread cubes.

When they change color remove from the skillet (mine are very brown because I used a brown bread).

Immediately add mixed herb and a pinch of salt.

To serve salad, top up the salad with fried croutons.

 Opinion:

Bell peppers taste really nice in a salad. I missed on that. If you want you can add.

Also, feta cheese was cubed in this salad. You can actually crumble it.

I usually avoid the fried bits in the salad but this is just to give authenticity to the salad. It sometimes is comforting to replicate the dish that you just ate at a restaurant.

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