KR is a fan of salads. He needs to have a bowl of veggies once a day and I am totally averse to having raw salads. Don’t mind me, but I prefer to cook the veggies than enjoying them raw. At-least that is the case for now. But I enjoy making salads for him. Thankfully he is not a very picky eater when it comes to vegetables. He lets me mix and match with them and make different kinds of salads for him. As Indians, traditionally our meals always consisted of a side of salad in a thali. We use cucumbers, carrots, beets, tomatoes and onions in our salad.
Naturally each one has their own way of cooking even if it is a salad. Even the dressings differ. We normally add lime juice and green chillies along with salt to give it a distinct flavor. Occasionally we add peanuts to it to give it the extra crunch. When do our weekly grocery shopping, we mutually decide on the salad veggies and then I make it for him for the week. He takes it along with his lunch box. I can eat these salads only if mixed with yogurt. Yup, that is how I can gulp down salads!
My aversion to salads goes a long way. In college, me and my friends decided to go on a diet to lose weight (of course). One of my girl friend suggested that we go on a salad diet. Yes, we decided to eat salads all through the day and nothing else for a week. Imagine my plight. I despised it but had to put through with it since it was a girls pact. So I religiously tried doing this. Every one at home was super surprised. It was so unlike me to do so. My mom kept offering to prepare something else instead of salad but I was adamant to budge. All this drama went on for whole 3 days. And then my belly gave in. I just stopped having salads and asked my mom to make something delicious instead. I devoured that meal. My friends were unaware of this act. Towards the end of the week when we were cross checking on how much weight we all lost, my best friend secretly whispered in my ears, ” I didn’t follow the diet. I gave up the 2nd day itself!” I was appalled to hear this.
Well such scars don’t go away easily. In retrospect, when I look back, I think we overdid it. We should have decided to substitute one meal a day to salad. That would have been a more practical approach. Having studied Foods and Nutrition extensively, we did know that including raw veggies in our diet is very good for the body. Specially, incorporating protein rich ingredients in salads make it more nutritious for the ageing body. Remembering that, I decided to add mixed sprouts to his salad for the first time today to make it protein rich.
This raw salad recipe is very easy. Using a chopper, cut all the veggies. I swear by this chopper as it reduces my work by half. In a salad bowl, add cucumber, carrots, feta cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Mix it well.
Salad is now ready. You can pack them in lunch box and get set go!
I did taste this salad and liked it, however KR loved it! As he came back from work, he told me that I should now include more salad recipes on my blog. So, yes, starting with this Easy Sprouts Salad, you will now get to see more interesting salad recipes here. Keep checking this space.
Easy Sprouts Salad
- 1 cucumber - chopped
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 cup boiled mixed sprouts
- 100 gms feta cheese
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp chaat masala
- 1 to mato - chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Salt and pepper as required
- In a salad bowl, add cucumber, carrots, feta cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Mix it well.
- Next add chaat masala, salt, ground pepper, tomatoes, boiled mixed sprouts and lime juice. Toss the salad well.
- Salad is now ready.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post and would try this salad recipe out. All i can say is that, I am entering a whole new world of salads now and this time I am surely enjoying it! 🙂 You can serve this salad as a side with any main course meal like Green Peas Pulav, Beetroot & Edamame Fried Rice, Veg Kolhapuri Gravy, Achari Aloo Capsicum/Pickled Potato Bell Peppers, etc.
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