As the temperature soars in summer, the sight of heavy food often puts you off. Light and nutritious food packed with flavours, is what the body craves for. One inviting aspect of summer is a bowl full of fresh salad. As part of a meal, salads are rarely memorable, but a bit of effort can go a long way in revving up an ordinary salad of just leaves. Fresh, local and seasonal produce, herbs and light dressings can bring a salad alive this season. Fruits too can be added to salads to give them a healthy spin. Chefs unleash their creativity with their salad offerings this summer and some exciting and filling options across cuisines can be savoured in Mumbai.
Seaweed Salad, Onion Ring Tempura at PaPaYa, Colaba
A flavourful salad made with assorted seaweed tossed in Soy Onion dressing, served with Crispy Onion ring tempura and homemade Togarashi spice, is light and easy on the palate too. The dash of spice and the soy sauce, add the right amount of zing to it, while the onion tempura offers the right bite.
Thai Crunch Salad at Ministry of Salads, Breach Candy
This bowl of salad is a riot of colours, flavours and textures. Raw papaya, mixed leaves, Broccoli, Kale, Peanuts, Cucumber, Glass noodles, Beans, Cherry Tomatoes mixed with a Sweet Chilli Lemon dressing ensure that your taste buds are perked up immediately.
Chicken and Avocado Caesar Salad at Kitchen Garden by Suzette, Bandra
Kale, romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, has avocado, cherry tomatoes, parmesan shavings, sourdough croutons, and a caesar dressing, combine to make this salad unique and filling. With a variety of textures and a medley of flavours, this salad proves to be a complete meal.
Herbs, Carrot shavings, Citrus Namplah, Roasted Peanuts are paired with Bitter Melon, as the main ingredient in this salad. The bitterness of the melon is skilfully balanced by the chef with the sweetness of the carrots. The addition of Shrimps makes the Salad delicious and the citrus namplah adds the umami factor.
Spiced Guava Chicken Salad at Tamasha, Lower Parel
Indulge in this home-style, hand-tossed salad with Chicken, Avocado, Tangy, Guava, Barbeque chicken and fresh handpicked garden vegetables. This sumptuous and zesty salad proves to be the perfect substitute for a meal and is laden with nutrients too.
So take your pick of light and refreshing salads this season and celebrate summer for a change.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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