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Roasted Cherry Tomato Quinoa bowl

Abundance supply of fresh farm produce of slender cherry  tomatoes, motivated me to try making this salad. Although, they were not absolutely red in color but they were thin skinned and sweet in taste. I roast them and added caramelize onions. To Quinoa, I  thought to use up and stir in mascarpone cream cheese. Final topping of cranberries, almonds and dressing of hot & sweet sauce; gave this fresh salad a sweet and crunchy taste. Continue reading Roasted Cherry Tomato Quinoa bowl

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.


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

Require: Large mixing bowl


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.


  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

Cottage Cheese Stuffed Watermelon Sandwich #healthysalad

Watermelon Cottage Cheese Sandwich

This is my favourite summer salad. It is colourful, healthy and easy to make twist to the traditional Watermelon Feta salad. I switched feta cheese with cottage cheese and rocket leaves with iceberg salad leaves. Reason – these ingredients have more shelf life and are easy to sourse; so you are more likely to be ready to put this together.

Feel free to be creative with your presentation – you can make discs, triangles and even simple slabs.


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