Thursday, May 13, 2010

Healthy Inspirations Event-Salad Roundup Part 2

Here is round two of the roundup of the healthy inspirations salad event.....

Umm Razeen makes Tofu and Sprouted Bean Salad , that is very simple to make and does not need a long list of exotic ingredients, and yet is packed with both taste and nutrition

Sowmya finds it difficult to ignore broccoli when she shops and decides to use it in this Broccoli with corn and peas salad, this salad is flavored with a very unique combination of tomato puree, ginger, garlic, soy, pepper and cumin.

My last contribution to this event is this Southwestern Style Pasta Salad . This simple and hearty salad has bell pepper, celery, corn kernels, red kidney beans and black beans in addition to pasta and is flavored with lime, paprika and a generous amount of cumin.

Akila Ganapathy says she is not much of a salad fan, but inspired by a salad on this site, she made a salad recently and decided to share it with us. Akila's salad combines crushed peanuts, lime and yogurt to form a versatile dressing which can be used with any combination of vegetables. Since she is a does not have a food blog, I am reproducing her recipe here entirely....

1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/4 cup roasted peanuts crushed
1/4 cup plain yogurt
lime juice - as needed
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in pan and put mustard seeds, asafoetida and fenugreek seeds. When mustard splutters, remove from heat and pour into salad bowl. Add yogurt, salt and pepper and mix well. Add peanuts and lime juice to this dressing. Pour this over salad mix (I used a store-bought mix of red cabbage, carrots, lettuce and added jalapenos, olives and tomatoes) and enjoy!

Salads are an eternal favorite with Ramya and she comes up with this Vegetable Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette, that  is inspired by a recipe on Food Network.

Kiwi makes a surprising appearance in this simple, yet exotic Kiwi and Sweet Melon salad created by Umm Razeen

Chickpeas appears in yet another salad,this one is called  Minty Mixed Veggies and Chickpea Salad . This salad created by Priya, uses a touch of chaat masala and sesame seeds to lend the salad some flavor.

Vidhya makes this simple and colorful Salad with lettuce, broccoli, red, green and yellow bell pepper, carrots and flavored with a touch of lemon often.

Vaishali comes up with a very unique and one of a kind, Strawberry Avocado and Black bean salad . With a combination of fruits and some protein, this hearty salad is pretty complete.

Indrani shares four delightful and healthy salads with this event. The first, a Greek inspired Barley and Veggie Salad that combines vegetables and barley and has a simple dressing made of greek yogurt and lemon. The second a low fat Red Cabbage and Red Kidney Beans Salad that combines wholesome vegetables with some protein to complete it.

Indrani's third contribution is this Mixed Fruit and Vegetable Salad with Thai Dressing , a very colorful salad that combines fruits like watermelon, apple and oranges with vegetables like carrot, cabbage and spinach and is flavored with a very unique dressing made with coconut milk and finally this very Indian Green Moong and Tomato Kachumber that combines various vegetables with soaked green mung beans.

After discovering that jicamas are juicy and tender, Kalyani and Gayatri decide to use it in this Jicama Salad along with cucumbers, onions, bell pepper and giving it an intriguing twist by adding in some oranges as well.

Jyoti salad with cucumbers, onions and tomatoes is perfect for summers. It is light, quick and healthy. Check out her Cucumber Bhurji Salad

Summer fruits come together to form a beautiful colorful medley in Harini's Tropical Summer Salad shared with us by Srivalli and the Beyond curries group

Priya from Mharo Rajasthan Recipes sends in a super healthy Sprouted Moong Salad with sprouted moong, onions and tomatoes and flavored with chaat masala and lemon juice

Kiran sends in two very versatile salads for this event. The first, Red radish and chickpeas salad which very uniquely combines red radish and chickpeas. Kiran mentions that it can quickly be converted into an entree just by adding rice to it. The second Quick Vegetable Pasta that can be served as a salad or even an entree.

Here is the link to part 1 of the roundup for the salad event.
I will announce the winner of the giveaway tomorrow, so do remember to peek in then :-)
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