Nov 20, 2012

Christmas Salad

Broccoli & Beetroot Salad
Healthy Broccoli and Beetroot Salad with fat free low calorie salad dressing.As the winter approaches, we tend to get too cozy with our food! The temperature drops and the fat content in the food goes up! Comfort food is good once in a while, but what if our salads could be as filling and satisfying? (Both literally as well as emotionally!) Who says salads can’t be tasty?  I’ll show you today how to make a yummy broccoli salad with the healthiest, lightest and least calorie salad dressing ever. It’s my take on the Greek salad dressing, but that one’s too heavy on the calorie-meter! So the weight watchers try this new salad and you can easily lose pounds while gaining praises from your taste buds.

Fat-free low calorie salad dressing with curd/yoghurtI call this the Christmas salad simply cos it has the main winter ingredients and it has the colors of Christmas - Green and Red!

Preparation time 15 mins
Serves 3-4
Hung curd/Greek Yoghurt or any thick variety of curd ½ cup
Mustard sauce 2 tsp
White pepper ½ tsp
Black pepper ¼ tsp or to taste
Salt to taste
Olive oil 1 tsp
Broccoli 1 flower
Beetroot 1
Tomato 1
Apple 1
Chopped fresh Coriander and Mint 2 tsp

  • For the dressing, take the curd, mustard, salt and pepper, and olive oil in a bowl. Mix well. Keep aside. (Yes, it’s that simple and yummy!)
  • Boil 3-4 cups of water in a pan.
  • Wash the broccoli and beetroot well. Break the broccoli into flowerets. Cut the beetroot into half.
  • Add the broccoli flowerets and the beetroot to boiling water. Blanch for 10 mins.
  • Dice the tomato and the apple.
  • Drain the broccoli and beetroot. Peel the beetroot and chop into small pieces.
  • In a big bowl, put the Broccoli, Beetroot, Tomatoes, Apples and Chopped fresh Coriander and Mint. Pour the dressing on the top.
  • Now mix gently with 2 spatulas or salads tongs so that the dressing coats the veggies nicely.
  • The salad is ready! Serve in small bowls.

Chef’s Tip: The salad dressing is the star of the dish. You can make hundreds of variations with this. You can also add grapes, or blanched peas and carrots to this salad. Always add atleast one fruit to your salads to break the monotony of veggies if you like.


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