A Spring/ Summer Strawberry salad with fresh rocket and mango in a tangy spicy mango chutney dressing brought together in just 10 minutes.
Some people think it to be diet food, some boring, for some a must eat food!!
Most salads include greens leaves with added vegetables or fruits that can be eaten raw.
Well, that is what I was accustomed to.
Until recently, I discovered the various combinations that go into making these otherwise green healthy bowls into some sort of exotic artistic palates!
One of the greatest revelations to my taste buds was the addition of diced or chopped fruits to green leafy salads that changed the whole flavour spectrum.
Fruits added to an ordinary mix of leaves and salad vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, radish, peppers, celery gives a salad a natural tangy sweetness and breaks the monotony of blandness.
This also means that you do not have to take that extra step to make complex or heavy salad dressings to add flavour to a bowl.
A salad made with fruits and vegetables not only enhances the taste but also has added health benefits too! It’s almost like eating your 3 parts of 5 a day diet!
Spring and summertime is perhaps the best time of the year to get an abundance and variety of fruits and salad ingredients.
With the temperatures running high; you need to keep your body temperature low and feeling light.
Heavy greasy meals raise bad cholesterol and can increase inflammation of the body making you feel a bit bloated and lethargic! ( needing an afternoon siesta post a pot of pasta!!)
A cool, crisp light salad with colourful fruits makes for a great healthy quick summer meal that is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!
Just what to need to maintain that bikini bod!
|Tips to naturally keep your body temperature down by adding these Ayurveda recommended cooling Spices to your meal.|
A typical salad will include about 3-4 different types of ingredients.
You have the choice to add as many ingredients to your salad and how much you add.
adding different types of salad vegetables obviously means the added work of chopping, dicing or slicing.
It is ok when I am making a quick salad just for me for lunch , but dicing different types of salad for a grand party of 4 makes the job a bit tedious ( I call myself a lazy cook after all)
I found that putting a salad together becomes quicker and easier if you have the right kind of gadgets which makes chopping a piece of cake; or in this case a bowl of salad!
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It has multifunctional blades that can be used to chop, dice, make spirals and julienne too if you wish to make a fancy bowl of veges.
Not only will your salad come together in few minutes but you can easily clean the parts too!
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Your salad doesn’t need to consist of some salad leaves, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.
Below are some easy summer salad ideas and combinations of flavours you can play with:
This summer salad was put together as a spur of the moment thing post my shopping trip.
I had bought some fresh rocket leaves and strawberries (amongst the hundred other bags) and was starving after the long day at the aisles!
There were no leftovers for me to go to, so I opened my newly purchased produce and started to put together flavours that I wanted to eat.
In this case it was the bright green rocket leaves and juicy red sweet and tangy strawberries.
I also had half-eaten mango which I tossed in too!
There is absolutely no reason for you to stick to the same salad ingredients that I have used. Feel free to make your own combinations.
For the dressing, I fancied something spicy and non-vinaigrette dressing, so came up with the idea of making one with some mango chutney that I had. .
What I like about this recipe is this unique yet effortless dressing.
The use of mango chutney gives the salad a spicy tangy-sweet taste that really tantalises the taste buds!
There is what it looked like:
Chop or dice cucumbers, strawberries, onions. If the arugula/rocket leaves are too long then I suggest breaking them a bit too.
Make the Sweet mango chutney dressing but taking a few teaspoons of sweet and spicy mango chutney( I used Pataks Hot Mango Chutney which you can buy online, or use any other brand you get.)
Add half a lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and salt to the mango chutney and give it a good stir and set aside.
Add the dressing to the chopped/diced vegetables, throw in some mango if you happen to have any and give it a good toss making sure the vegetables are coated well with the dressing.
Serve and enjoy your fresh bowl of a fruity, fresh, tangy, spicy summer salad!
What did you think of this easy to put summer salad recipe with fruits? Please do share your favourite combinations for me to try this summer.
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|Fresh Strawberries - 15-20, diced|
|Cucumber - 1, diced|
|Red onions - 1/2, diced|
|Fresh ripe mango - 1/2, diced|
|Rocket/Arugula leaves - a bunch|
|Sweet Spicy Mango Chutney - 2 teaspoon|
|FOR THE DRESSING:|
|Lemon juice - 1/2 a lemon|
|Salt - to taste|
|Extra virgin olive oil - 2 tablespoons|