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A Few Healthy Salad Recipes in Your Platter to Chill out in Summer!

15 March 2011 62 Comments

Healthy vegetable salad

When summer is here, how can Salads be far! Chilled and colorful Salads become a staple food for me during the sultry hot summer months. Nothing can be as refreshing and nourishing than a bowl of fresh salad with a perfect dressing to match with. And salads become wholesome if there is a hint of wholegrain, lentils and vegetables in it. If you get to know the correct formula for making the salad dressing than you have won half the battle, rest is just selection, mixing and serving the salad.

I posted a few salad dressings which I often use to pep up my salads. These are easy to make and can be stored for a few days in refrigerator. Selection of vegetable depends upon the place you live, as I don’t get many exotic veggies that are commonly used in an English or a French salad. But I make do with my indigenous veggies and, believe me, they taste heavenly. Moreover salads are the only recipe which does not require preset rule just as baking or any other forms of cooking. You just need to select your veggies, make dressing of your choice and Voila’! – you are done with your recipe 🙂 You can always adjust the dressing and the veggies according to your taste.

Following are some of the salads I made during the last few days.

1. Easy & Colorful Gherkin Salad

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Colorful eat!


(serves 2)

Method; Wash and slice the bell pepper in thin slice. Add the pickled Gherkin. Refrigerate for 1 hour to get crisp and chilled veggies. Pour the Vinaigrette just before serving the salad.

Arrange the lettuce leaves on a plate and put the salad over it.

Quite easy and refreshing salad. The pickled Gherkins give a tangy touch to this salad.

My kids don’t like the raw bell pepper, so I sometimes roast it on direct heat and take out the charred skin. Slice the pulp and proceed as the same above.

2. Sprouts & Sweet Corn Salad with Thai Dressing

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Sprouts and veggies!


(serves 2)

  • 1/2 cup Thai dressing
  • 1 cup green gram sprout
  • 1/4 cup of Color bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup Sweet corn kernel
  • lettuce leaves

Method: Wash and slice the bell pepper. Mix sprouted green gram, sliced bell pepper and sweet corn in a large salad bowl.Refrigerate the veggie till use.

Spread the lettuce on a plate and put the chilled veggies in it. Drizzle the prepared Thai dressing and toss lightly. Serve chilled. The sweet and hot  Thai dressing gives another dimension to this simple salad.

3. Lemony Broccoli Salad

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Broccoli and corn salad!


Method: This is another simple and two ingredient salad which can be made in a jiffy. Wash and ready the veggies, add the Lemon cilantro dressing and serve chilled.

If you don’t like raw Broccoli, just saute it for a few seconds in a tsp. of butter or steam it for a minute, before adding the dressing.


4. Baby Corn Salad in Mayonnaise

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Baby corn and broccoli in Thousand Island dressing!


Method: Slice and make the vegetables ready for the salad. If the baby corn is tender you don’t need to cook or steam it. Add the Mayonnaise and serve chilled. Simple and quick to make, this salad is a great way to  add healthy Broccoli in your diet.

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Steam the Broccoli and sliced baby corn for a few seconds, if you dislike the raw taste of the veggies.

5. Tofu Salad in Thousand Island Dressing

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Tofu and bell pepper salad in Thousand Island dressing


(serves 2 )

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Top the salad with fresh spring onion..

Method: Cube the Tofu into small squares. Shred the spring onion and slice the bell pepper into stripes. Add the Thousand Island dressing and serve chilled.

The flavors and spices in Thousand Island dressing makes it a favorite dressing of my family. The ground onion in the dressing gives a slight pungent and lovely taste to this salad.

6. Braised Mixed Veggie Salad

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This version of salad may not count under healthy category, since it is braised and half cooked but taste scrumptious! My kids still have not reached the stage where they can enjoy the benefits of eating raw veggies over the cooked ones. And for the same reason I sometimes braise or steam the veggies before adding them to the salads.


  • 1/2 cup of Tangy Tomato Dressing
  • A few pickled Gherkins
  • 1 carrot
  • Bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cabbage
  • 1 Baby corn
  • A few Broccoli heads
  • 1 tsp butter/oil

Method: Wash and slice the veggies. Heat  oil in a wok on high flame and add all the veggies. Cook for 1 minute stirring continuously and take off the flame. Cool it a little a add the dressing. Serve chilled on the lettuce leaves.

Lemon Cilantro/Sweet & Hot Thai/Thousand Island dressings go well with these braised vegetable salad.

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  • vaishali sabnani said:

    simply love these…let summer come ..surely will go on a salad diet!!

  • vaishali sabnani said:

    awsum salads…lets all go on a salad diet!!

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Vaishali, Salad diet will surely make a healthy & wealthy Nation!

  • Ekta said:

    I can have all of them!! 😉

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Ekta, if you were near I could have made all for you 😉

  • Joanne said:

    Everyone one of those salads look delicious. I’m such a salad fanatic. It seems to be my go to dish when I can’t think of anyting else to eat.
    AS for the dressings, homemade tastes so much better but I get too lazy to make my own. It’s crazy really because it doesn’t take long to make a salad dressing.
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  • sweetlife said:

    thanks for sharing so many great options, flavors and wonderful ideas for our summer salads


  • Pachecopatty said:

    Wow Sanjeeta, you weren’t kidding about being on the same wave length about salads today! I could live on salads but my hubby is a meat eater so I always have to provide meat or protein with his salads. He would love the salad with corn so I will give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration and some lovely pictures;-)
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  • Dewi said:

    Gorgeous salad Sanjeeta! I love that sprouted green mung beans.
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  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    These are some beautiful salads. I love these healthy options.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. Hope you’ve entered my contest daaaaahling, there is a shiny Amazon gift card to be won with your name on it 😀

  • Panchpakwan said:

    Wow Sangeeta, all the salads are so healhty and delicious..Loved thelemony brocoli salad.Bookmarked!
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  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    They look lovely and colourful!

  • sangeeta said:

    Loved all of them…lovely.
    I am literally living on broccoli and greens these days 🙂
    Thanks to my garden…
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  • Jay said:

    Omg…salad makes me droooooooool…wanna relishh now the whole..

  • Cham said:

    I love all ur colorful salad. Each one looks gorgeous!

  • claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend said:

    Wow these all look fabulous!
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  • pavithra said:

    Looks so refreshing and perfect for summer… love it on the whole. absolutely treat to eyes and taste buds.

  • Suman Singh said:

    Healthy and delicious salads.

  • Reeni said:

    You make such delicious salads! It’s hard to pick a favorite! They all look so fresh and vibrant. Thank you for sharing such loveliness.
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  • Kiran said:

    Nice, delicious, healthy and colorful salads. Love it 🙂
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  • Pushpa said:

    All the salads look refreshing and delicious,absolute feast to the eyes.
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  • prathibha said:

    Lovely array of salads..very healthy n yummy salad…can have it any time …
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  • chitra said:

    Love this salad. want to have tat plate.. Very colorful 🙂
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  • Sra said:

    Beautiful, really!
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  • Raji said:

    WOW Sanjeeta..all the salads are looking gorgeous..and if we eat them regularly we too will surely become gorgeous 🙂 loved broccoli and corn salad the most.
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  • Nishi said:

    These Salads look so scrumptious and colourful Sanjeeta. Lovely!!!!

  • biny anoop said:

    wow thats a lite bite sooo colourful and healthy

  • Dimah said:

    wow! those all look amazing and delicious!

  • Deepa said:

    So many healthy options here…Just waiting to beat the summer now

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  • FOODESSA said:

    I’m a huge salad fan ;o)
    Just the wonderful colors alone would get me to your table Sanjeeta.
    Everything looks so appetizing.

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,
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  • Hari Chandana said:

    Wowwwwwww.. Awesome and healthy salads.. Gr8 job dear !!

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  • sonia said:

    Gorgeous platters of salad, difficult to pick one and I just want to have all. Loved the wide array of variety and styles by which you have presented. Thanks for stopping by my space.

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    I am looking forward to warmer weather. All your salads look so colorful and refreshing!

  • Kairali sisters said:

    wow,, thats a great array of healthy salads..

  • elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds said:

    Sanjeeta, I love all your salads…so colorful, delicious, healthy, and refreshing.
    Thank for sharing!:DDD
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  • cool lassie said:

    They all look delicious. But I want #6.
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  • Mary said:

    One of these is prettier than the other and they all look delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Lyndsey said:

    You have some great salads here. I am going to bookmark this so I can come back and make them!
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  • Rosa said:

    Very healthy indeed! They all look fresh and delicious. Perfect when it’s hot outside.



  • aipi said:

    Whoo..loved all of them but my fav is the the sprouts n corn salad with Thai dressing 🙂

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  • Priti said:

    Yummy salads …as you saying perfect for summer ..gud post dear
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  • pigpigscorner said:

    So colourful! Can’t wait for Summer to come!
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  • Swathi said:

    Your salads are colorful and delicious home made dressing. always want to make home made dressing, but gets lazy and use the store bought ones.
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  • Kothiyavunu said:

    Simply superb!! Healthy and tasty salad!

  • torviewtoronto said:

    healthy looking wonderful salad
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  • Monet said:

    What a great collection of light, summer salads. Can I try one of each? Thank you for sharing this delicious collection. I’m hungry now! I hope you have a blessed and peaceful day tomorrow. Hugs from Austin!

  • sreelu said:

    Sajeeta, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Added you to my reader so will keep in touch, looks like you have quite a few healthy options on your blog, exploring now 🙂
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  • Raks said:

    Love this one,though I am not a salad person,i am loving this! Lovely clicks and the green colour of the lettuce is pleasing to eyes!
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  • Joanne said:

    It’s definitely getting to be salad season and these are some fabulous options!
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  • sharmi said:

    very tempting pics! very nice space and recipes!
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  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    Heard from sis about the heat waves hitting hard how refreshing and smoothing this is! love the way yo presented it in cabbage 🙂
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  • nisha said:

    ah summer..im soooo looking fwd to it..lovely salads
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  • sanyukta said:

    salads looks yummy n mouthwatering..

  • Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said:

    I love the name of that dressing.Sound so summery.I love cold and green salads a lot.
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  • Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said:

    Thanks for sharing all these great ideas. Great post!
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    These are all gorgeous! I love Spring and Summer salads…
    just fantastic 🙂

  • Priya said:

    Awesome click on the salads…u captured the real colors of the veggies..

  • Joyti said:

    Ah, I was thinking of a salad for dinner tonight myself. Yum….
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  • bunkycooks said:

    These are beautiful! I can’t wait for warmer weather when we eat salads so much of the time.
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  • El said:

    Sanjeeta- what beautiful salads. I wish it were summer here but I think they’d be great at any time of the year!

  • mahimaa said:

    wow.. that’s a huge collection of salads. lovely clicks.

  • Nidhya said:

    Totally love all the salad bowls..what a colorful and healthier platter!

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