Come summer and a light, flavourful salad, is what your palate craves for. Eating a salad does not necessarily mean having to stay hungry or compromising on taste. Salads can be appeasing, packed with the nutrients and tickling the palate with the varied flavour profiles. Mumbai restaurants offer a plethora of inventive salads, across cuisines to suit every palate. With crunchy vegetables, proteins, nuts, oodles of fibre, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, topped with refreshing dressings, these salads can be just the meal you are looking for. Here are my top 5 picks in Mumbai.
Watermelon Feta Mousse Salad at London Taxi, Lower Parel, South Mumbai
Aesthetically presented, this salad wows you at first sight. A bite into this chilled and compressed salad and your taste buds are exhilarated. The balsamic dressing, hint of olive powder and feta mousse, teases your palate, leaving you satiated.
Spicy Raw Papaya Salad at Nara Thai, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
This tangy and tart salad, never fails you, especially when the summer heat is upon you. Well-made with top-notch quality ingredients, blended to perfection, this one is a palate-pleaser and helps you create an appetite for a meal.
Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Salad at MoMo Cafe, Courtyard Mumbai International Airport
Summers do not mean staying away from your favourite non-vegetarian fare. This salad, skilfully incorporates Grilled Chicken, along with a melee of other ingredients, including quinoa, enhancing the flavours and textures with ease and yet, offering a light meal.
Mango and Watermelon Salad at Fable, Andheri West
Watermelon is the first choice of many chefs, when it comes to refreshing salads for summer. This one goes a step further, as the seasonal king of fruits, mango is used too. A melange of flavours and textures all in one bowl, this salad is truly a treat for the taste buds.
Organic Chickpea, Mushroom and Rocket Salad at The Bake House, Kalaghoda, Fort
Known for its comfort food, all-day breakfast and great beverages, The Bake House, offers this unique salad, which is worth trying. Satiating, it is well-balanced and offers enough crunch and flavours. Carnivores too will enjoy it and not miss their meats 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.