Each time I do my bulk grocery and every time my happy pantry smiles back at me, I do this favor to myself — of ceremoniously adding a little of this and a little of that into my mixing bowl and making this happy, cheerful, colorful salad for me. For a good couple days after I go shopping veggies and fruits for my kitchen, I have an abundant supply of my salad ingredients. I love them in my mornings and in my lunch-box at work. And thankfully, so does my Mr. Man.
Although the process of this salad-making does involve quite some washing, peeling, chopping and shredding…but what you get at the other end is SO much more giving, that it makes all the effort every bit worth. This salad can be had as a side or just as is as a supplement to our usual calorie and carbohydrate rich meals. This no-guilt, delightful, nature fresh, nourishing and filling salad beats anything else in it’s nutrition and goodness quotient. Most days, I make it because I cannot think of a better alternative to pamper my body with a more healthful option. Or may be to drain my body and soul (at least in mind) of the sinful indulgence at a restaurant the previous evening. Or on other days, when I simply want to excuse myself of curry making!
They say more colors on your plate the better — it indicates more nutrition. Each color from a vegetable or a fruit has something good to impart to our bodies. And that we must aim at filling at least half of our plates with these colors at each meal-time. This salad recipe blesses me with a plate-full of them! Five types of colors that are generally recommended for intake on a daily basis are:
- The deep Reds, Blues & Purples that provide anthocyanins and antioxidants. The strawberries are classic examples from this group.
- The Greens that pumps in more enzyme production in our bodies and detoxifies. Like Spinach enhances our beta-carotene vigor.
- Yellow sunshine, that have the phytochemicals to greatly help our eyes. Yellow bell peppers (capsicum) as well as lettuce from this category provides this wealth to our bodies.
- Brilliant Orange boosts our alpha and beta carotene plus Vitamin A and releases lots of the good free radicals. Carrots are key members of this group.
- Powerful Reds like the Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene that wonderfully improves our immune systems.
I have made sure that at least one from each of these categories find their way into this salad. It is a complete soulful salad that boosts my energy on lazy times. A must try if you haven’t yet. And once you have, you’re sure to try this again. This salad is so addictively good! om nom nom…
- 2 Strawberries
- 1/4th of an Yellow Bell Pepper (Capsicum) – or any bell pepper/capsicum
- 1/4th of a fresh and crunchy green Cucumber
- 8 Cherry Red Tomatoes (I almost always used NatureSweet’s Cherubs — can’t do without it!) or 1/2 of a medium tomato
- 6 Baby Carrots
- 8 – 10 fresh baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 flesh of an Avacado
- 1 handful of shredded Lettuce
- 1/4th of a medium onion (preferably white)
- 1 tender stem of Celery
- 2 red European Radish or 2 inch piece from Asian white Radish (Daikon)
- 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
- 0.5 tsp or more fresh ground black pepper
- About 1/3rd cup reduced fat Mozzarella cheese cubes or fresh Indian Cottage cheese (paneer)
- A few fresh Pomegranate Arils (*Optional)
- Salt (*Optional) — I do not use salt in this salad
- Wash all the vegetables and fruits.
- Chop the fruits and vegetables and place them in a mixing bowl
- Add Mozzarella, Lime juice and pepper.
- Mix and serve the salad fresh!