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Baby Spinach, Mandarin Orange & Dried Cranberry Salad

Farm fresh organic produce of baby spinach, tempted me to try making this healthy green fruity salad. A Colorful combination of green baby spinach, cranberries and mandarin oranges, with crunch of roasted almonds and pungent sesame seeds gives it an irresistible taste and flavor. Drizzle of vinaigrette; makes it a perfect sweet n savory salad.
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Minty Grapefruit and Orange Salad

Very easy low calorie recipe of two citrus fruits. Grapefruit has very distinct tart taste and tangy flavor. It is mildly sweet and makes refreshing colorful salad when combines with orange. I prefer using pinkish grape fruit. The peppiness of mint leaves, with orange dressing enhance freshness. Garnish of crushed peanuts brings crunchiness to the salad.

Minty Orange Grapefruit Salad is full of fiber and other healthy nutrients. It is super doze of vitamin C. A bowl full of this salad is quite filling and is perfect as anytime snack or can be served as an appetizer. Plus, it is sweet enough to satisfy our sweet cravings without feeling guilty.  Continue reading Minty Grapefruit and Orange Salad

Quinoa Avocado Salad with Cranberry & Pomegranate in Lime Vinaigrette

This salad recipe is healthy eater’s dream. It is easy to make with available ingredients. It is high in protein, full of fibers, healthy fats and other important nutrients. I added dried cranberry & pomegranate to have juicy, sweet & sour taste to it. All these ingredients makes it a flavorful satisfying salad and equally light lunch. Make it a meal in itself by adding grilled cottage cheese steaks or herb rice to the platter or serve it alongside with main course.

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Serving: Prepare portion according to the course of the meal.

Require: Large mixing bowl

Ingredients:

I used 3 cups of cooked quinoa.

Other ingredients and it’s quantities are as per individual taste and availability. I used – avocado, finely chopped tomato, red green yellow bell pepper, fresh basil leaves, fresh mint leaves, dried cranberry & pomegranate.

Dressing: 2 tablespoons vinaigrette for 3 cups of quinoa or adjust as per taste. Make extra and store

Ingredients for vinaigrette:

  1. Lemon juice – 3 tablespoons
  2. Honey – 1 tablespoons
  3. Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  4. Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  5. Paprika – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  6. Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Salt as per taste

Whisk all the ingredients together and store in refrigerator.

Method:

  1. Cook quinoa as per the instruction given on the box
  2. Mix all the ingredients softly in a large bowl. Keep it in refrigerator and toss vinaigrette just before serving. Garnish with mint leaves and pomegranate

Tips & Tricks:

  • Serve cold
  • Garnishing is important as it gives colorful appearance to the salad
  • Garnishing with finely chopped almonds gives crunchiness to the salad
  • You can use any available or choice of veggies; important is Vinaigrette. It should taste sweet & sour and little bit spicy
  • I have not mentioned quantities here since it totally depends on personal choice and availability
  • Add avocado only on the day you are serving salad since it looses it’s color and texture
  • But for avocado & vinaigrette, rest everything can be stored in the air tight container

 

 

 

 

Arugula Leaves Apple Salad With Sesame Dressing

Simple, easy to make salad with very distinct peppery flavored arugula leaves and juicy sweet apples. I added some candied walnuts for crunchiness. And in dressing; I used roasted sesame seeds. Although, this was my first try but It turned out quite tasty with perfect sweet and sour taste. Continue reading Arugula Leaves Apple Salad With Sesame Dressing

Watermelon & Tomato Salad Topped with Caramelized Onion, Cottage Cheese & Walnuts

Combination of ingredients are very unusual in this salad. I just worked with fruits & veggies available with me….and the result was quite satisfactory. My all time ready salad dressing came handy here and made my work easier. Fortunately, salad turned out quite tasty, crunchy and colorful. (For salad dressing please check my recipe for – Pear, Candied Walnut & Green Leafy Salad ) Continue reading Watermelon & Tomato Salad Topped with Caramelized Onion, Cottage Cheese & Walnuts

Pear, Candied Walnut & Green Leafy Salad

It has been long since I last put up my post….actually it seems like starting new. Got quite tied up with Diwali festivities, vacations and other activities focusing home and family. So I thought to start with simple salad with beautiful mixture of colours and textures. I had all the ingredients ready with me including dressing. I only had to caramelise walnuts to give crunchy and sweet taste to salad. Continue reading Pear, Candied Walnut & Green Leafy Salad

Fig Treats

I am writing this post after a gap of almost fifteen days. Got tied up with Diwali preparations…shopping, cleaning, socializing etc etc.

Still got time to venture in to trying few new finger snacks at this time of Diwali. Unfortunately, my mind was preoccupied and I forgot to click pictures. Luckily, I remembered to take a picture of my last try – Fig Treats...the easiest one. Although, it is not a new appetizer. I vaguely remember having it before….very tasty but very moist, it was topped with fresh mozzarella cheese. I didn’t like the texture and I wanted to try my way with readily available cheese and other ingredients. Surprisingly, it turned out quite tasty with least of the efforts. Continue reading Fig Treats

Mint & Pear Dip

Very easy to make minty dip….fresh & fruity. It can easily replace our all time favourite green chutney.  Serve it with wafers or crackers as a dip and with samosas, kebabs or any  snack item as chutney. Or, just mix with any salad as a dressing….it taste great.

 

Making time : 7 minutes

Ingredients :

  1. Fresh Pear – 1 1/2 washed & chopped with skin
  2. Fresh Mint leaves – 1/2 cup washed & chopped
  3. green chilly – 1 medium size chopped
  4. Ginger – 1/2 inch finally chopped
  5. Lime juice – 1 teaspoon
  6. Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  7. Poha (flattened rice) – 1 tablespoon washed (for binding)
  8. Salt – to taste

Method :

  1. Mix all the ingredients and grind smooth by adding one tablespoon of water.

Dip is ready. Serve chilled it taste better.

Tips & Tricks :

  • Add water for grinding as per usage… With savoury items dip should be thick and for dressings etc add little extra water.
  • We can easily replace poha with roasted peanuts ,cashews or dalia (roasted gram dal)