6 Easy & Satisfying Summer Salads with Homemade Dressings

All natural, no preservatives added, figure friendly, unique and flavorful salads, perfect for summer!

6 Easy & Satisfying Summer Salads with Homemade Dressing
6 Easy & Satisfying Summer Salads with Homemade Dressing

Boston is experiencing a heat wave this summer. I complain all through winter when I wait for warm weather, so I am not complaining now.

This is my kind of weather for summer salads. These unique, figure friendly, all natural salads with homemade (read- no preservatives) salad dressings are perfect for dining on the patio or for any summer parties.

I made the Corn Bhel Salad yesterday evening. Those grilled ears of corn scream summer and are so flavorful. I found the perfect mangoes for this salad at Whole Foods. Adding plenty of veggies makes this such a figure friendly, fiber rich salad. It goes very well with grilled fish.

Corn Bhel Salad- Mouth watering chaat combined with healthy veggies!
Corn Bhel Salad– Mouth watering, grilled bhutta combined with healthy veggies in a chaat dish!

When life gives you hot, humid days, sprout some legumes! I sprouted mung beans to make this scrumptious salad and will combine it with any fresh summer veggies and fruit I find at the farmer’s market. I am crazy about this dressing for the Sprouted Mung Bean Salad Bowl too.

Mung Bean salad with veggies and fruit of the season and a nummy dressing! Indian fusion recipe for a healthy happy summer.
Mung Bean Salad Bowl of the season and a nummy dressing! Indian fusion recipe for a healthy happy summer.

Have you tried cooked mung dal in your salads? It adds protein, a nutty taste and is easy to digest. I like juxtaposing it with shaved Brussel sprouts and pomegranate arils in this Shaved Brussel Sprouts, Mung Dal and Pomegranate Salad.

Indian fusion recipe healthy, scrumptious salad
Shaved Brussel Sprouts, Mung Dal and Pomegranate Salad

Try the Masala Papad Salad Cones for their  flavor and textures. The cones can be made ahead of time and stored. They are a hit at parties!

Masala Papad cones are a healthy, non fried, crunchy shells to serve the Indian fusion salad with avocado chutney
Masala Papad salad Cones !! 
#Moroccan inspired carrot salad with #traderjoesharissa, orange and lime juices and honey. Using #zylissmandolin makes it super easy to make this #salad
Citrusy Sunshine Carrot Salad


This Citrusy Sunshine  Carrot Salad is sure to brighten your day! Inspired by flavors of Morocco, it is an Indian fusion salad that I love.

Isn’t it amazing how different ingredients combine to form unique flavors? I like playing with them to get that unique taste and this lemony honey ginger with turmeric dressing is just another example. Try it in the Red Cabbage and Chick Peas Salad.

Homemade healthy salad dressing, all natural for a Cabbage and Chickpea salad
Red Cabbage and Chickpea Salad with Lemony Honey Ginger Dressing with Turmeric

These are the uniquely flavorful, healthy and filling salads that I crave for and are satisfying. I hope you try them too.

Have a fabulous weekend all! Enjoy summer!




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  1. Beautiful colors as always Sandhya. I hope you got the nice cooler weather that we experienced for the past couple of days, but it’s climbing back to the 90’s by tomorrow. 😦 Beggars can’t be choosers eh?

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    1. Ha ha yes Loretta. I will take the heat over that bitter cold winter any day. I complain so much in the winter that I try to keep my mouth shut in the summer 🙂
      The salads have been fabulous for this hot weather.


  2. Your beautiful collection of crunchy sweet and savory salads is mind boggling! Hard to choose any one first! Fabulous varieties of summer salads Sandhya 🙂

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  3. If you know me, I can survive on salads! what a lovely presentation. I loved each one! My daughter is going try your papad cone now! and me, the first one. this is bookmarked, I don’t mind it’s winter here.

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    1. Thanks so much Nivedita! Hope your daughter enjoyed the papad cones. I can eat those and the corn bhel salad both, at any time 🙂


  4. Beautifully presented salads, each one of them! And they make such a pretty collection together. 😍 The one in papad cones is my most favourite. 😊

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  5. Love this collection of salads. So colorful and tempted to try one. You arranged them so well. Loved this glass filled with salad recipe.

    By the way, thx for rating do not see rating at your post. Let me know, please.


    1. Thanks so much Bhawana. I should set up the rating. I just saw your post on Amaranth parathas and posted a comment but did not see the rating at this post. Great share!


  6. Wonderful collection of salads …light and refreshing.. so perfect for the hot and humid weather when one wants only light meals..

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