Thursday, March 25, 2010

Red cabbage, kidney beans and Tomato salad with a zesty salad dressing

As Summer is approaching quite fast towards us, our meal should be light but nutritious and at the same time should fulfill our hunger pangs. Salad is one such sort of meal which fits these criterions. In summer, I don't feel like having a heavy lunch, instead I would love to have some simple homemade soup and a plate full of crispy salad with a simple light dressing. Same time, salads are also good for your health. Fresh, raw vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and fiber in their full form. You can eat as much as you want until you're satisfied with minimal calories and salads are almost fat-free, unless you're adding some heavy cream in your salad dressing.
To make your salad low in calories and fat free, buy fat-free salad dressing or make your own mixing little Olive oil, flavorful vinegar, honey and lime juice. Add some nuts, fresh fruits, dry fruits, cooked barley in it to make it more nutritious. Choose dark colored vegetables for your salad, as they contain more vitamins and minerals compared to light colored veges.  So adding all these, you can make a perfectly balanced meal.....remember, the right amount of nutrients per meal is what you want.

Here is one Simple but crunchy, crispy salad idea for you.....this salad is very easy to put together and crispy and goes well as a side dish with any meal.

Ingredients :
Red cabbage (shredded) : 1/2 head
Tomato : 2(chopped)
Cucumber : 1(chopped)
Corn kernels : 1/2 cup
Red onions : 1(finely chopped)
Soaked and cooked red kidney beans : 1/3 cup(optional but recommended)
(You can see how colorful salad is it from the colorful ingredients, right?)

For dressing :
Vegetable oil/Olive oil(preferably) : 2 tblsp.
Fresh lemon Juice : 2 tblsp.
Vinegar : 2 tblsp.
Fresh cilantro/coriander leaves : 2 tblsp. (chopped)
Oregano : 1 tblsp. (optional)
Sugar : 1 tsp.
Salt and pepper to taste

Method : 
  • Chop all the vegetables. You can add any vegetables of your choice. 
  • Make dressing by putting all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together to mix well.
  • Add dressing in your salad bowl and combine well. Your zesty salad is ready to serve.

Reposting my older salad posts for the event :

Sending all 3 of these salad to Healthy Inspirations Event - Salad, hosted by Usha @her place, Veg Inspirations
And to Madhuri of Cook-curry Nook on her event : Serve me some-Salad


Aruna Manikandan said...

Salad looks colourful and healthy dear:-)

sowmya's creative saga said...

so colourful..looks good..

Tina said...

Sooooo colourful...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

absolutely colorful, healthy and looks yummy too.

Kamalika said...

thats a grt colourful combination of heathly ingredients....very nice....

Priya said...

Thats a catchy and colourful Salad Indrani..

RV said...

I like the color of red cabbage, but TH doesn't like it much so I end up not buying it. The salad looks really zesty and delicious.

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Suparna said...

looks cool!

Indrani said...

Thanks, Aruna, Sowmya, tina, priya, kamalika, Priya, RV, SS and Suparna

Usha said...

Salad looks fantastic and inviting! Thanks for sharing it with healthy inspirations event, look forward to getting the details through the email soon :-)

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