Any time Veggie Salad

With growing fast food joints and concern’s over eating habits of kids, even the First Lady is feeling the pressure of providing healthy food at an affordable cost for children of all income groups.

Of course another press release shows we have to read the fine print with a magnifying glass on a food product before buying anything. If you are allergic to certain food products or moving towards organic food and you do have the habit of checking before buying, the more you read, the more you feel that the ingredient list in a box just keeps getting longer.

The minute we feel we are a bit overweight the mind automatically moves from Fried food or Biryanis to Salads. Somehow whenever we want to eat healthy we move towards fresh fruits and vegetables. There is nothing wrong in that though, take cucumber for example. It has only 8 calories per serving, yet a bowl of cucumber salad can make you feel full.

I have seen a lot of people eating a bowl of salad as an appetizer and then moving on to attack the main course thrice :) What is the point in eating a salad then? We have a saying in India which goes like,”Even if it is Nectar, eat it in moderation”.

Salads are actually the life savers for vegetarians like N and I. Living in Texas, half the time for an official Lunch, the option would be a Steak house ! One of our friends swears that the Japanese Steak houses in TX makes the best steak he has ever had. And the options for vegetarians at these places would be either salad or french fries. Mostly during the holiday season N has an overdose of salads because of this and he won’t let me make a salad till summer :)

This cucumber salad is a very simple salad I learnt from our good friend PM. Every time we go to his house for dinner, he would make a different salad with some veggies . The crunch of fresh lettuce with the fresh vegetables gives a feeling of fullness. After pestering PM a lot, he told me the secret of his fresh salads- adding Parsley in bunches!

Here is his quick fix salad.

Cucumber(seedless)- 1
Tomato-1
Red onion- Finely chopped- 1/4 cup
Parsley- at least 2 handfuls
Olive oil- 3 tsp
The usual Salt and Pepper to taste
Lemon juice- To taste (optional)

Method:
Remove the seeds from the tomato and chop it finely. If the cucumber has seeds, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and chop it.

Finely chop the parsley. In a bowl, combine the chopped cucumber, onion, tomato and parsley and mix well. You can refrigerate it as well. Just before serving add salt, pepper, Olive oil and toss well to coat. Add lemon juice if needed.

Most important thing to remember is to add fresh Parsley and add as much as you can. Adding Parsley gives a fresh look and taste to the salad. Do not add cilantro(coriander leaves), that gives a different taste.

Serve as such or on a bed of lettuce. Goes very well with toasted pita bread and hummus on the side.

This simple vegetable salad is my entry for Sudeshna’s The Salad Carnival.

This no cook salad is also going to PJ’s No cook Event.

Though my garden is gone due to the snow in Texas(!!), some winter vegetables survived the freezing conditions. Actually, they grew so well and so fast in the snow. The first harvest of this season are Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts.

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23 Comments to “Any time Veggie Salad”

  1. Divya says:

    Simple salads are always a pleasure to have.I disliked salads earlier,but the way they transform you,you got to eat it to believe it!!

    Lovely read too.

    Hugs.

  2. Siri says:

    It is so bad that whole of our driveway is piled with snow and we are expecting 4-5 inces until it stops.. it is really bad! Thanks for asking dear :D..

    ..veggie salad looks so appetizing & lemon juice with olive oil is a such a simple dressing for any vegetable.

    Hugs,
    Siri

  3. Siri says:

    I forgot to mention the word *more* after 4-5 inces in my comment..becoz it is already some 16 inches in front of our house! :(

  4. simplyfood says:

    Yummy salad , healthy and so colourful.

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  6. indosungod says:

    I am not a salad person but I do relish salads every now and then. A handful of cooked chickpeas and it is meal by itself. Isn’t parsley a little sour?

  7. Cham says:

    From our childhood, in my house we are used with lettuce salad and we all love absolutely at anytime!
    Gosh U have brocolli and b.sprouts, I have only strawb but didn’t get any in dec due to heavy pouring i have few buds now, but i guess the rain will ruin soon :(
    Sounds good with parsley!

  8. Priya says:

    Omg u have broccoli and brussels sprouts..once u pick do send me some;)…btw i can have this salad anytime..

  9. I am a big Salad lover and so is my hubby! This Salad looks so good and yumm!

  10. Jagruti says:

    healthy and delicious salad…eat before your dinner ,makes a diffrence..:))

  11. PJ says:

    Thats an easy and lovely salad.Love to have it anytime.Thanks for sending it across to the event.

  12. PJ says:

    love this salad. i love salads.. next only to soups :) This is such a nice and wonderfully done preparation.. peferct for a busy day. Loved the pics of broccoli and brussels sprouts.. looks like you have a wonderful garden and a good green thumb.

  13. Oraphan says:

    Oh, I really love this post! I’m a huge fan of salad, any kind of salad would make me happy. Your salad sounds so wonderful, and this simple recipe is so perfect for easy veggie gal like me. Thanks for such great tips about adding parsley in the salad (believe it or not, I’ve never put parsley in my salad; can’t wait to try it). You’re so amazing, in one post you were able to participate in 4 events. Way to go, Ruchikacook!

    P.S. I’m so impressed with your beautiful broccoli and brussels sprouts, you must have 2 big green thumbs, ha ha:)

  14. rekha says:

    I am abig fan of salads this one looks so healthy and very colorful.

  15. Hey Ruchi,

    That broccoli looks so good & Congrats on your harvest… Enjoy to the core…. I am so happy that some one is reaping veggies at home….. Which I have always dreamt of…… And that is indeed a healthy salad… with its share of taste too….
    kUDOS!!!!!

    Ash…..
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

  16. Joanne says:

    I LOVE a good salad. They are my go-to option when I am watching my weight and trying to lose the five (err ten) holiday pounds. I’m such a volume eater and would rather have more low calorie food than a little high calorie food. It’s all about moderation though!

    This looks delicious. Love the simple and fresh dressing on this!

    As for your question about Regional Recipes, Middle East refers to any food from countries such as Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Cyprus, and Egypt (I’m sure there are others as well…and I’m not going to be super stringent). I really hope you decide to submit something!

  17. SE says:

    Salads are always welcome, cannot say no to them !! your garden veggies look gr8!

  18. Thats very colourful & healthy salad,…

  19. so how was ur weekend? whats cooking

  20. Koki says:

    I always run away from veggie salads..somehow the idea of eating veggies raw never pleases my mind … But i guess I should try eating this salad and see if my mind changes its opinion after so many years 😀

  21. Ankita says:

    Salads are great for a hectic day.They can be made in secs and are so flavourful and are healthy.Salad from freshly plucked veggies..yum.

  22. Definitely this is an all timer… Munch during tv or talking over the fone and what not ultimately the nutrient meter ticks up!!! Looks good and a nice salad!!

  23. Kris says:

    This looks so fresh and delish!

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