icate figures of peacocks, geometrical designs, flowers and trees can often be seen on the salad counter at banquets. Add a touch of colour and elegance to the spread. Even for home parties one can use an attractive salad decoration as an eye-catching centerpiece.
Salad vegetables can be cut into different fancy shapes (instead of the usual round slices), flowers can be carved out of tomatoes, radish, carrots etc., and so on. The colour combination should also be kept in mind.
Preferably, serve the salad immediately after preparing it, as it loses its taste and crispness if kept for long in the refrigerator. Peel the vegetables thinly, as most of the essential nutrients are found just below the peel. Also, wash the vegetables before cutting them, several times in running water, so that the dirt as well as the chemicals and fertilizers are washed away.
Once a salad is made, its ‘dressing’ is important. Though normally we made do with a dash of lemon juice, other dressings are vinegar, whipped yoghurt, spicy raw mango chutney, buttermilk, olive oil, salad oil, sesame oil etc. Readymade salad oils are also available. In Europe a platter of cheese and salad is often a healthy ending to a hearty meal. Americans prefer a side salad served with the main course. One can also make ‘stuffed’ salads by scooping out the flesh from whole tomatoes or capsicums and stuffing them with vegetable filling finely chopped vegetables with dressing), or shredded chicken/meat/ prawns etc., If so desired.
Salads can be packed in picnic harpers and tiffin boxes. Bite-sized salads can be served as entrees, starters and cocktail snacks. You can serve a sprouted salad for breakfast and a sweet one as a desert. Dieters are advised to start heir meal with a bowl of fresh salad. Salads are extremely nutritive and good for your hair, skin and nails. They provide us with the much-needed vitamins and minerals, which are essential for a balanced diet. FitnPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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