I was the quintessential dream child that all parents want. After a certain age, I hardly fussed about eating veggies. Rather, I would ask for seconds! But even the perfect kid had some things that were a no-no on her plate. Top one being any kind of salads. Indian salads are usually made of raw onions, cucumbers, occasionally carrots with a ton of cilantro and lime juice (you can call lime juice as the salad dressing). With globalisation and curiosity towards world cuisine, all the American salads are now pretty common in households and restaurants. I didn’t enjoy those as well, in case you thought I was preparing you all for some good news there!

The most common salad made at my place used to be with sprouted mung beans. I was often pushed to eat them raw but I just couldn’t bring myself to. My mother then improvised by adding onions, cucumbers and tomatoes to it but nothing seemed to work! But now, with adulting and my quest towards developing a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, I see myself gravitating towards salads more.

Let’s take a look at my most favourite and not to mention quick salad that I eat almost everyday: 


  • Diced Cucumber (green/Japanese) – 1 cup
  • Diced Red onion (or the one that you prefer) – 1/4th cup
  • Chopped cherry tomatoes – 7-8
  • Diced Green pepper – 1/4th cup
  • Lime juice – 2 tbsp6. Crushed black pepper- 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish

Just 1 step, toss everything up in a bowl. Get, set, gobble!

The BEST PART about this salad is it’s versatility! Remove any ingredient you like. Add vegan feta cheese, boiled garbanzo beans, sweet corn, avocado, pomegranate seeds, or even granny smith apples. Make it your own. Have it as a midday snack or make it a part of your plate during your meals like I do.If you are planning to add lettuce, add it straight to your bowl. They easily wilt and turn bitter because of the lime in this recipe, you would definitely miss the crunch if you add it too soon!

What is your go-to salad? I would love to try it out myself.

Madhu Narayan
Mondays with Madhu
Guest blogger, Plant Life Meals