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Cool Summer Salad

As I sat down to write this post, I wondered what to call it…. Fruit Salad… nah, it has vegetables too! How about Fruit and Vegetable salad…. that doesn’t even inspire me to make it, forget about eating it! Ok, so maybe the ingredients would help. Let’s call it Cucumber Grabanzo Fruit Salad…. ok, not a bad name, but too long. Anyway……. the point being, I pondered for long!!!! …. After much pondering, I finally settled for a generic ‘Cool Summer Salad’, mainly because of how flexible this recipe is.

Perfect for hot summer days, this salad provides the much needed cooling element to our diets. It also provides a lot of fiber and flavor, also much needed. I think this is a well balanced salad, in terms of proteins, vitamins, minerals and of course color! Yes, a very colorful salad!

This is how I made it, but feel free to add in whatever fruits and vegetables you have.

Cool Summer Salad

Cool Summer Salad

Cool Summer Salad

Ingredients to Serve 4

  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 2 small vine tomatoes, chopped (can use cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/4 white or red onion, chopped finely
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 2 small oranges, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 5-6 basil leaves, chiffonaded (is that a word??)
  • 5-6 mint leaves, chiffonaded and some for garnish
  • Salt to taste

Pretty easy! Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy!

Although I have several notes about this post:

  • Salt: If you intend on keeping left overs, then add salt only in as much as you are going to eat. Otherwise everything will weep and look real sad the next day.
  • Cumin: Same goes for cumin. Not that it makes things weep, but they won’t look as perky. So add just a dash per serving.
  • Left Overs: Yes, you can keep left overs for upto 3 days.
  • Ingredients: Use your imagination, add any fruit you like. Strawberries, grapes, apples, melons, bell peppers, raisins, all work well in this salad. I have tried using all of the above and they taste great.
  • Garbazno: You can use canned garbanzo beans, but I used the traditional method of soaking overnight and boiling… lot more time consuming, but I tend to think it’s healthier.

Anyway, too many things here. I’d say don’t follow too many recipes πŸ™‚ …. do what you feel like and you’ll love it.

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2 comments on “Cool Summer Salad

  1. Cardamom
    November 21, 2009

    That is a delightful mix for a salad….I`m gonna try it next week for a workday lunch! Looks really good!

    • Meenakshi Matai
      November 21, 2009

      Thank You! I know it’s pretty cold up in Canada by now, so we’d love to hear your winter-ized version of this summer salad. πŸ™‚

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This entry was posted on June 9, 2009 by in American, Cuisine, Extra healthy, Indian, Quick, Recipes, Salad, Snack, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , .

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