Updated: Jun 14
Salads, an integral part of our balanced diet. Whether it be a classy Waldorf or a homely chickpea salad, a meal is totally incomplete without a salad in picture. If we went on to define salad as a course, it means a dish consisting of naturally derived ingredients with at least one raw ingredient as its component. Salads are typically served in the following manner(s):
As an Appetizer: Portions are usually light and served as the first course of the meal.
As a side: A popular example being the potato salad or coleslaw, salads as a side dish are typically meant to accompany the main dish.
Main Course: The Main Course salad portions usually are heavier in portion sizes and contain rich and filling ingredients like meat, legumes and cheese. These course salads are usually very high in protein.
Dessert: Dessert salads typically contain fruit and are served with jelly, whipped cream or sweeteners.
Origins of Salad as a dish are difficult to trace but significant evidence suggests that it was widely eaten in Ancient Greece, Rome, Persia and India. Salads are typically served with a sauce base called "dressing" which usually is oil and vinegar or creamy in texture. To have the best practices in health and to get a highly balanced meal, Sortizy has curated an amazing list of salads that will help you get the best protein intake possible. For more exclusive recipes, mindful grocery and meal planning, install Sortizy App and reap the benefits! Find the curated list below the image and please contact us for any queries!
1) Waldorf Salad
A Waldorf Salad is a combination of fruits, vegetables and nuts that is dressed in mayonnaise and is usually served as an appetizer or as a light meal in the culinary world. The reason why it's typically called a Waldorf Salad is because it's named after the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York who first served this at a charity ball in the honour of St. Mary's Hospital for Children in 1896. Believed to be created by the maître d'hôtel Oscar Tschirky, the original recipe contained only apples, lettuce and mayonnaise. Over the years, the recipe got modified and soon, nuts were added in the meal. This exquisite recipe by couple of kneads on Sortizy is easy to make and will be the highlight of your potlucks or parties. Click on the link below to avail the recipe and enjoy a light, fragrant course at your home!
2) Beetroot Pasta Salad
Pasta Salad is a type of salad which is often served chilled or at the room temperature and is dressed in vinegar, oil or mayonnaise. It's typically considered as an early spring or summertime course meal, but it can be eaten throughout the year. The ingredients often depend on the server and the season, but mostly it contains vegetables, cheese, meat or legumes. Broccoli, baby carrot, baby corn, peppers etc. are some of the popular ingredients included in pasta salad which are typically found in American salad bars. While Pasta is usually counted in the list of unhealthy foods, little steps like switching to whole wheat or other nutritious lentil-based pastas will begin a great step towards health without compromising on the favourite foods! This amazing recipe by The Daily Delish on Sortizy will leave a good mark in your hearts. Conscious switch to beetroot pastas, loaded with amazing and colourful veggies, this pasta salad can be made as a meal or served as an accompaniment. Click on the link below to avail the recipe and get, set, create!
3) Cucumber Salad
Oi Muchim or Spicy Cucumber Salad is a very delicious Korean side dish which serves as a tangy accompaniment to the main dish. Best served with hot and spicy meals, one tip to make the best cucumber salad is to take lighter, less seeded and crispy cucumbers for enhanced flavour. A major tip for this recipe is to make it and mix it just before serving, which will keep it crisp and fresh and prevent it from getting watery. A delightful recipe by The Curry Table on Sortizy, this accompaniment is the perfect dish for your Summer Barbecue party! Click on the link below to avail this recipe and do let us know about your thoughts on the same!
4) Dalia Salad
Dalia, also known as broken wheat, is made from coarsely grinding the grains closely and is highly nutritious in nature as it does not undergo the refining process as its counterpart. Dalia is an excellent source of dietary supplements and aids in weight management for the individuals. It has a slightly nutty and chewy texture and a warm, hearty aroma. Usually served as a main course, Swadisht Delights on Sortizy has given this a salad twist that serves as an ideal breakfast. Tasty, gourmet and something that keeps you full for hours, no wonder we recommend this as your breakfast meal! Mix and match with your favourite vegetables for added benefits and click on the link below to indulge in a guilt-free delicacy today!
5) Broccoli Salad
Broccoli is a superfood which is also really underrated. A treasure trove of nutrients, it has the cancer fighting nutrients, helps combat arthritis and also has indole-3-carbinol, an anti-carcinogen and a potent antioxidant compound known to not only hinder the growth of cervical, breast, and prostate cancer, but also helps to boosts the liver functions. Broccoli Salad by P V Iyers Kitchen on Sortizy is a great light salad which can be served as an accompaniment. Topped with Walnuts and Ginger, this salad is best served with rice recipes or as a whole meal. Click on the link below to get the recipe and enjoy a hearty salad this week!
6) Dragon Fruit Salad
Dragon Fruit, also known as pitaya is a vibrant red skinned and seeded fruit which is native to Central America but is now widely grown across the world. Due to the uncanny resemblance of the exterior to the dragon, it is called a dragon fruit, but also has other names like strawberry pear. While it looks like an exotic fruit, it has a taste similar to common fruits which is often denoted as a combination of kiwi and pear. It's a decent source of magnesium, iron and fiber, thus making it a very dense fruit! As dragon fruit may not be that appealing to the Indian palate, Shagufta's Foodlens on Sortizy has given the fruit a flavour enhancing twist so that it can be enjoyed as a great in-between meal snack! Click on the link below to get the quick and easy recipe and enjoy a chilled fruit time for your self-care!
7) Tropical Fusion Salad
We believe that sometimes, salads can be mixed in a fun way because the more fun you have while cooking, the better your dish tastes! Testimony to this statement is the Tropical Fusion Salad by Bhagyashree Lele on Sortizy. Tropical Fusion Salad is infused with seasonal fruits and fresh dry fruits to help you get rich anti-oxidants, essential vitamins and minerals to help you on your weight management journey. Substituting honey as a natural sweetener will also help you gain a healthy and glowing skin. Click on the link below to avail the recipe and tell us what's the wackiest salad competition you can come up with!
Having salad as a part of your daily meals is essential to have an active, healthy body. Not only a a cool crisp salad can be the basis for a light and refreshing meal in these hot summers, but they're also easy to make at home and have the maximum nutritional impact. According to Harvard School of Public Health; "A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check”. Embrace summers with these fantastic recipes and do let us know about your favourite salad recipe!
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