Years back, there was a time when vegetarian salads were labelled as tomatoes and lettuce and people use to comment that ‘who orders a veggies salad in a restaurant?’ But time is changed now because of some great chefs and food enthusiasts. Vegetarian salads started to ‘post-mortem’ both our imagination and our appetite, with vegetables changing their route from being a supporting items to the main event. Try vegetarian salad recipes that are tasty too besides been healthy.
Mushrooms, Ricotta, Bell-peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, tarragon, parsley and garlic- all these described ingredients can be used to prepare lots of cosmological dishes. And you can make them appear even me gorgeous with delicious yet healthy dressing options. Dressing prepared with balsamic and cherry vinegar, yogurt, warm spices and herbs, and cold-pressed oils like olive oil or sesame oil, can be real healthy and delicious. In this case, you can literally opt anything under the sun.
Before we start describing some smashing and delicious vegetarian salads, let’s talk about the few really exciting tips about making a vegetarian salad so that you can make a 10 on 10 stellar dish in terms of taste and outlook both.
Before preparing any salad, you must get into the details of ingredients you are going to use. Go a little greener and pick beans, lettuce, broccoli and other greens like spinach, cabbage or kale. Green veggies are the doubtlessly healthiest part of your salad because they contains higher amount of nutrients and phytonutrients. They will help you regulate the blood sugar levels and provide you the greater punch of fibre and water.
Legumes, lentils, chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds are loaded with fibre and tastes great when used in salads. One of the healthiest benefit of fibre rich diet is they keep you feel fuller for longer and you consume lesser calories and ultimately lose weight.
Eat More Protein:
In order to get a protein pack diet you don’t always have to go for fish or chicken diet but you can add few ingredients in your salad to get quick and delicious punch of proteins. Tofu or soy, buckwheat, cottage cheese and quinoa are all great options for salad and quick protein punch. Proteins helps you lose weight, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of many cardiovascular diseases.
A Handful of Nuts:
Nuts provide great taste and texture to the salad along with lots of proteins, minerals, fibre and energy. Try some walnuts, almonds, pecans, pine nuts and pistachios in veggies filled salads for quick boost of energy and greater taste.
What’s in Season?
Pick the best options provided by the current season. Fresh and flavorful vegetables like pumpkins, peppers, melons, zucchini, mangoes, cauliflower, and peas are greater source of minerals, fibre and proteins.
Let’s have a look at the number of yummiest and tastiest vegetarian salads that you need to try at once.
Vegetarian Salad Recipes
1. Barley Salad:
Barley salad is truly a great meal that comes with lots of proteins and nutrients. All you need to do is combine some peppers, corn and barley with herb dressing and enjoy the brightest and healthy meal. Let’s have a look at the recipe and ingredients.
1 Tbsp. of olive oil
4 to 5 baby onions
1/2 green capsicum
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow bell pepper
Cut all the bell peppers in dices
1/2 cup of corns
1/2 cup of cooked barley
1 Tbsp. of red chilli flakes
1 Tbsp. of roasted cumin
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 Tbsp. of chopped parsley
1/2 Tbsp. of chopped thyme
1/2 Tbsp. of chopped rosemary
1 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar
Salt n pepper to taste
In a non-stick pan, add olive oil, bell peppers and corn and sauté for 3-4 minutes until they are half tender. Now add barley and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Now add all the spices cumin, chilli flakes, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt n pepper rosemary and vinegar. Mix well and serve in a glass bowl with your favourite main course meal.