Sunday, February 22, 2009

1001 Simple Veggie Salads


Salads – A Primer : Salad (from Latin salata : Salt) is usually a mix of various vegetables / fruits with seasonings. Almost anything can go into a salad. With a few simple rules, you can easily create delicious salads.
1. Choose fresh fruits/leaves/ veggies / sprouts.
2. Shake off excess water after washing fruits / veggies to avoid watering down your salad. Use a tissue to mop off excess water.
3. Mix in the dressing just before serving as dressing makes salads soggy after a while.
4. If you plan to store the salad, do so without dressing.
5. Cut fruit / veggies into uniform, bite sized pieces.
6. Always tear leaves, as cutting them would cause them to wilt.
7. Dipping chopped apples / banana / avocado in lemon juice prevents discoloration.
8. Avoid over stirring the salad, which makes it soggy. Instead add everything to a closed container and toss well to mix.
9. Hollowed out Fruit / vegetable halves, bowl shaped cabbage leaves, etc make great salad serving bowls .Palm sized cabbage leaves / grape leaves make spoons.
A handful of chopped fruits / veggies have only about 25 calories. Salad dressings with oil, however can have almost 100 calories per spoon. If you are weight watching, go in for low cal dressings like lemon juice / yogurt / vinegar and replace the nuts with croutons (toasted bread pieces) as a garnish.

Salad varieties :
Garden salad (# 010) has fresh seasonal vegetables as the base.
Green Salad (# 211) uses fresh leaves as the base.
Lentil Salads (#611) use soaked lentils as a base.
Bean Salads (#704) used cooked beans as the base.
Sprout Salads (#856) are built on sprouted beans.

Full meal Salads :
When you add the following to any of the salads above, the salad becomes a full meal.
1. Half a handful of cheese ( paneer, feta etc) >> Cheese Salad
2. Half a handful of cooked rice or half a handful of cracked wheat soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes. : Grain Salad
3. A handful of cooked couscous / pasta / : Pasta/ Couscous Salad.
4. Half a handful of chopped and boiled potato: Potato Salad
5. Half a handful of chopped bread: Bread Salad

Classic Salads :
Caesar Salad - Greens (romaine lettuce) with garlic and vinaigrette dressing. (recipe # 208)
Coleslaw – Shredded cabbage mixed with mayonnaise. (recipe # 186)
Panzanella - Italian salad in which chopped up stale bread is mixed with tomatoes, onions and vinegar.
Salad Nicoise - Italian salad with potatoes, olives, beans with vinaigrette dressing.
Waldorf Salad – American salad with apples, lemon juice, celery, walnuts, and mayonnaise.
Indians are not big fresh salad eaters. However, two unique Indian salads stand out – the Karnataka Kosambari ( soaked mung dal mixed with cucumbers, pepper and lemon juice) and the North Indian Kachumber ( A finely chopped mix of onions, tomatoes, chilies and lemon juice)

Classic Dressings : Soy sauce, oils, vinegar have been used as dressings for thousands of years. Creamy emulsions like vinaigrette & Mayonnaise are some of the more popular dressings.

1 comment:

Madhumathi said...

I'm not aware of these many info about salad..Will keep each and every tip you have mentioned while making salad :)

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