One great thing about salads is that they can be modified to one’s own taste and liking. Some like to eat an all veggie salad whereas, some want fruits along with veggies. Some like with dressing, some without and several other ways, I could write a book on it ;). One can really get the real taste of fruits and vegetables when eaten in raw form. For me personally, I like salads that are crunchy, refreshing, light on the palate, and of course, TASTEFUL! 😉
This is another one of my very easy to do, healthy salad recipes. It makes a great appetizer, mid-meal snack or whatever you may want to call it. I just followed my taste buds, tossed some ingredients together, and done!
This is what you will need:
1 cup boiled chick peas
1 diced cucumber
1 finely chopped tomato
1 medium size red onion
3-4 sliced black olives
For the dressing– 2-3 tsp chili oil, juice of 1 lemon, ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste. (Combine well)
Chaat Masala and spinach leaves for garnish
Combine all your veggies—pour dressing over them and mix well.
Sprinkle finely chopped fresh spinach leaves for some Popeye power 😉 (I still love to watch cartoons sometimes)!! and some chaat masala to give the salad an extra kick!
Note: In case, you want to make chili oil at home, heat 1 cup unflavored oil in a pan and add around 3 tbsp finely chopped red chilies. Fry for about a minute on a medium flame. Basically, we want to make sure we have taken the moisture out of the chilies. Make sure not to burn them. Set aside to cool and store it in a dispenser.
If you are adding fresh red chilies, you can use them along with the oil. Otherwise, I am not so sure about the same for the chili flakes.
I will soon be doing a post on how to make chaat masala at home. It is very easy to make and much cheaper and fresher than the ones sold in markets.
Till then –> Happy Munching! 🙂