Make your Salads Super Delicious With These 10 Innovative Dressings
Super interesting and delicious, these 10 power-packed salad ideas will help you get your daily dose of nutrients.
We know you like your daily crunch, but no matter how exotic the ingredients, the flavours come alive only once you’ve tossed them in the right dressing. A dose of greens and rainbow-coloured leaves and fruit slices also provide a shot of nutrients you require every day. After you try these 10 salad recipe ideas, take your salad recipe up a notch with a wholesome and flavourful dressing. Here are our top 10 salad dressing ideas to build a power-packed salad.
1. Tahini Yogurt Dressing
How To: Whisk 2 tsp of tahini paste (sesame seeds), 1 cup yogurt, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 crushed garlic clove and salt.
Best With: Cucumber + Lettuce + Tomato + Roast Chicken
Shot of Health: Tahini is made of sesame seed paste which is heart-healthy, has anti-cancer properties and is good for the skin. Go here for more recipes that use sesame as an ingredient.
2. Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette
How To: Whisk 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1/4th cup extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
Best With: Leafy greens + Cranberry + Walnut + Goat Cheese
Shot of Health: Balsamic vinegar is rich in antioxidants that strengthen the heart and the immune system.
How To: Whisk 1 cup of low-fat mayo (or hung curd if you’re not a fan of mayo), 2 tsp mint paste, 2 tsp coriander paste, ½ tsp chilli paste and salt. Check out how you can make mayonnaise at home.
Best With: Baby Potato + Avocado + Celery
Shot of Health: While yogurt is rich in potassium, calcium, proteins and vitamin B12, mint aids digestion and cleanses the palate.
4. Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
How To: Whisk 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp white vinegar, 1 ½ tsp dijon mustard, ½ tsp honey, 1/3rd cup extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
Best With: Rocket Leaf + Beetroot + Mushroom + Bell Pepper + Carrot
Shot of Health: Mustard is a rich source of phytonutrients and minerals that help in managing rheumatism and arthritis. Honey has antifungal, antibacterial properties. In fact, it's great for your skin too! Here's how you can include honey in your skincare routine
5. Spicy Soy Ginger
How To: Whisk 2 tsp rice wine vinegar, 2 tsp brown sugar, 1½ tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp red chilli sauce, 1 tsp grated ginger and 1/4th cup vegetable oil.
Best With: Cabbage + Sprouts + Noodles + Spring Onion + Carrot
Shot of Health: Rice wine vinegar is a zero-calorie condiment and has no sodium, making it a good option for people suffering from blood pressure. Ginger improves gut health and provides relief from irritable bowel syndrome.
6. Cilantro Pepper Lemon
How To: Whisk 4 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp black pepper powder, 2 tsp chopped cilantro and salt.
Best With: Lettuce + Orange + Apple + Sweet Potato + Beetroot + Olives
Shot of Health: Lemon gives a shot of nutrition with vitamin C, B6, E, D and folate, amongst others. In fact, it is so handy that you can use lemons beyond cooking.
7. Mango Kashundi
How To: Grind 2 tsp black and yellow mustard seeds, 1 mango pulp, ½ tsp ginger paste, ½ tsp each of red chilli, coriander, cumin and turmeric powder, 4 tsp vinegar, pinch of hing, salt and sugar. Cook this paste in mustard oil for a minute or two.
Best With: Roasted Prawns + Pumpkin Seeds + Barley + Feta Cheese
Shot of Health: Mango is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. It is rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants. If you're a fan of mango, you will love these mango salad recipes.
8. Zesty Orange Dill
How To: Whisk 1/4th cup orange juice, 2 tsp honey, 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
Best With: Spinach + Walnut + Crouton + Cucumber + Potato
Shot of Health: Dill has the property to fight cancer and is also rich in vitamins A and C. Orange boosts vitamin C levels and is also a great source of dietary fibre. Here's why you should be adding more orange-coloured foods in your diet.
9. Spicy Peanut Dressing
How To: Grind ½ tsp ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp peanut butter, 1/4th cup soya sauce, 1/4th cup white vinegar, 2 tsp vegetable oil, 2 tsp brown sugar or jaggery and ½ tsp chilli flakes.
Best With: Bell Peppers + Purple Cabbage + Zucchini + Spring Onions + Sprouts
Shot of Health: Peanut provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. It is also a rich source of fibre, minerals and proteins. Here are more peanut recipes.
10. Pesto Dressing
How To: Blend ½ cup basil leaves, 1 tsp garlic paste, 3 tsp pine nuts (or almonds), 2 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Best With: Cous Cous + Chickpeas + Feta Cheese + Cherry Tomatoes + Lettuce
Shot of Health: Basil has vitamins A and K, micronutrients like and manganese and potassium, and has anti-ageing properties. Continue reading about the health benefits of basil.
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