Friday, December 12, 2008

Colourful and Healthy Salad

These days I have been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce the intake of rice and roti (wheat), especially in the evenings. Being a South Indian who is used to typical Idli/ Dosa/ Puttu/ Appam/ Upma breakfast menu and a minimum of 2-3 dishes served with rice for lunch, I decided to stop eating anything heavy for dinner. Also, I have been eating more dry fruits and totally avoid fried food stuffs, including packeted chips/ biscuits and anything sugary.

For the first time in my life (it is never too late!), I actually prepared a salad without just slicing cucumber, carrots, cabbage, and beets, and also used sprouts and a fruit! Below, you can see some of the ingrediets.



Now, let me get to the recipe.


To make the salad seen in the picture above, you will need:

Mung bean sprouts - 1 cup
Cucumber - 1 medium-sized
Carrot - 1 large
Beetroot - 1 medium-sized
Pomegranate - 1 medium-sized
Lemon juice - to taste
Coriander leaves - chopped
Pepper - to taste
Salt - to taste
Extra virgin olive oil - 2 tbsp (optional)



Method:

  • Peel and chop all the vegetables into tiny cubes and keep aside
  • Cut the pomegranate into two halves and squeeze each half into a small bowl to separate the arils from the internal white pulp membranes
  • In a mixing bowl, add the sprouts, then add the chopped cucumber and carrot pieces and toss
  • Mix the pomegranate and then add the beetroot pieces
  • Add the olive oil, lemon juice, coriander leaves and mix well
  • At the time of serving, season to taste with salt and pepper
R loved it and asked to make salads more often, though A just played around with her portion for a while and gave up. Guess it really will take some time for her to eat salads.

30 comments:

Cham said...

That is very colorful and delicious your salad!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh very healthy salad.. looks yum.

SriLekha said...

wow! looks colorful and healthy!

Cynthia said...

I love colourful food.

sowmya said...

very colourful..nice healthy salad

Uma said...

Yes, definitely a healthy and colorful salad! Yummy.

sra said...

It's a most colourful mess - I mean it in the nicest way!

Daily Meals said...

Lovely salad...

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. lovely & colourful... looks perfect..

Sunshinemom said...

I love the poms best:) I am not very fond of sprouts but just the same eat them half heartedly!! Maybe I should just add some poms next time:)

Jeena said...

This sure is a tasty and very healthy salad. :-)

Nags said...

very colorful indeed :) welcome back shreya!

Suma Rajesh said...

looks nice and colourful...

notyet100 said...

thats nice way .....to eat sald,..

Kalai said...

Delicious and colorful salad! Love the use of pomegranate... Looks like jewels in the salad! :)

Valarmathi said...

Very colorful and healthy salad

Laavanya said...

Kudos to you .. i always have a tough time with most salads - but that does look colourful & good!

farida said...

Your salad looks and sounds colorful and healthy indeed. I like it that it has my favorite fruit in it - pomegranates.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Such a colorful and healthy salad, yummy :)

Andhra Flavors said...

nijam gaane chalaa colourful gaa vundi. parties ki bavuntundi kadaa

Nithya Praveen said...

This is so colorful....a great recipe for a healthy meal!

Rajani said...

i make this too - but no oil,pepper - and i add roasted peanuts and sometimes sprouted peanuts. adds a nice crunch.

VG said...

Hi Shreya

Thanks for visiting my blog.

What a lovely salad and what will power. My weakness is rice - if I don't eat it after two days, I get very cranky!

Purva Desai said...

Shreya join the gang, I ve this sprouted moong salad everyday....way to go gal....Its better to intake light dinner...
and I manage to shed few extra pounds which I had gained in few weeks time...

Bharathy said...

Colourful, healthy, homely and simple..
Love the salad :)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow, what a mouth full! It is beautiful!

DEESHA said...

that looks soo yumm

Sharmila said...

The salad does look colourful and good. :-)

Usha said...

Very healthy and colorful salad,love it :-)

Shreya said...

Cham, Mahimaa, SriLekha, Cynthia, Sowmya, Uma, Sra, Daily Meals, Srikar's, Sunshinemom, Jeena, Nags, Suma, Notyet100, Kalai, Valarmathi, Laavanya, Farida, Gita, Andhra Flavors, Nithya, Rajani, VG, Purva, Bharathy, JennDZ, Deesha, Sharmila, Usha - Thank you all so much for the lovely comments:-)