When one thinks of Salads – the first thing that rings in your mind is the green salad. But if you close your eyes and think of salad, it conjures in the mind, images of a dish rich in veggies and mixed with a lot of other things. Quite likely that if two or more people close their eyes they would come up with a different image of a salad.
But today you have salad recipes using nuts, various kinds of sauces, curds, mayonnaise, fruits, meats, veggies, cheese, olives, kinds of vinegar, herbs and the list goes on and on. Your salads could have more than half of the ingredients other than veggies. Salad making today has evolved into an art by itself involving presentation, taste and delicate play and balance of ingredients.
Traits of a Good Salad
To each to his liking. It’s quite difficult therefore to say, which is the most popular or good Salad. A good salad, in my opinion, should have some key attributes –
- Looks – should be colorful and have an inviting look
- Ingredients – Should have a good amount of veggies and these should be fresh and seasonal.
- Dressings and Herbs – These are a very important part of a salad and lends the distinctive taste, smell, and character that a salad possesses. Remember the aroma enters the nostrils first before the food that enters your mouth.
- Crunchy – Try and add one nut, be it peanuts or walnuts or pine nuts or any other, as it makes it not only nutritious but also the crunchy effect it lends, is awesome. Without the crunch, it would give a look and feel of being soggy. You could also use fried bread chunks.
It is also important that the ingredients are properly diced and cut into appropriate sizes to enhance the look, feel and taste.
For me, salads along with shakes n smoothies n desserts are the best thing to go for in summers.
Apart from the huge health and nutritional benefits, what I like about salads is that they don’t involve much cooking and can be made in advance.
One can eat salads at any time of the day, as a snack or in lunch or at dinner time or to curb hunger pangs at odd hours.
Here, I am sharing 3 of her Summer Salads recipes… Tabbouleh, Som Tam and Pasta Salad.
Feel free to play around with the ingredients as per your taste, preferences and their seasonal availability.
Remember the Golden Rule for Salads which says…
“A Slight Deviation From The Fixed Ingredients Gives A Nice Variation”
Over to our Summer Salads recipes…
Pasta Salad is Colorful, Beautiful to look at, Presentable, Healthy, Delicious, Quick to make, Easy, Ideal for Summers.
Green Papaya Salad called Som Tam is of Thai origin but is liked in all parts of the world.
Som Tam is an all-season salad. When chilled, it is very refreshing in summers. This 3 ingredient salad is extremely simple to make.
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