Medically reviewed by Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian (RD) & Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
This could be your go-to easy salad recipe. Packed with a medley of fresh and crunchy ingredients like broccoli, kale, carrots, pomegranate and pumpkin seeds – super nourishing and YUMMY! Tossed in a tangy dressing, that’s the perfect match.
This homemade raw green salad is quite something; refreshing, crunchy, tangy and sure to satisfy your salad cravings!
In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make this easy salad recipe entirely from scratch, so you’ll have control over every Desi~licious flavour! It’s quick to pull off, versatile, and pairs really well with South Asian Fish Biryani, Tomato Soup, and Black Bean Kebabs. If you’re after more ethnic South Asian recipes to accompany this tasty salad, here are a bunch.
How To Make This Easy Salad Recipe – Step By Step
There aren’t many steps involved in creating this recipe. Here’s how simple it really is:
- Prepare all the salad ingredients; wash and dry the kale, carrots, broccoli and deseed the pomegranate. Gather the dressing ingredients (Image 1).
- My food processor does an excellent job of peeling, grating, slicing and chopping veggies. Begin by grating the carrots and empty into a large bowl (Image 1).
- Next, use the blade of your food processor to chop the kale and broccoli. I use the pulse function which helps to not over-process the vegetables. 3-4 pulses are all you need (Images 4-5).
- In a medium mason jar, add the dressing ingredients, place the lid and shake well (Image 6).
- Mix all the salad ingredients and pour the dressing, and serve (Images 7-8)
- Before pulsing/processing the vegetables, make sure they are thoroughly washed and dry. You don’t want a soggy salad.
- Opt for fresh vegetables if you’re after a crunchy and refreshing salad. I make this right after my grocery trip instead of waiting a few days. This prevents the greens from wilting and wasting away in the fridge.
- Don’t over-process the broccoli and kale; otherwise, it will be soggy and not very tasty. Depending on your food processor, 3-4 pulses may be enough
- Add the dressing just before serving, so it’s nice and crunchy
- Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Healthy Ingredient Swaps From Desi~licious RD
What I love about this easy salad recipe is that you can change it up by swapping ingredients to suit your needs. You end up with new creations every time. Here are some healthy swaps you can try:
- Replace kale for other greens you love: spinach, lettuce, arugula all work well. Plus, with some of these, you may not even need to use your food processor.
- Swap sunflower seeds with other seeds or nuts: pumpkin, hemp, almonds, walnuts and pistachios. The options are endless.
- Instead of pomegranate, opt for budget-friendlier options such as apples, oranges, pears and berries.
More Desi~licious Salads You Might Like:
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15-Minute Easy Salad Recipe | Desi~licious RD
- 3 carrots small, washed, peeled
- 8 kale leaves large, washed and dried, leaves only
- 2 cups broccoli medium, washed and dried
- 1 pomegranate deseeded
- 1 lemon juice, fresh
- 1 garlic clove, medium, crushed
- ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
- ½ tbsp mustard
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds unsalted, as topping
- Begin by gathering all the ingredients. Set up the food processor to "grate" function and grate the carrots. Empty into a large bowl and set aside.
- Next, use the blade of the processor to chop the kale and broccoli. Use the pulse function to process the vegetables. Three to four pulses should be enough. Transfer to the bowl with the carrots.
- In a medium mason jar, add the dressing ingredients. Place the lid and shake well.
- Add the pomegranate seeds and mix all the salad ingredients. Pour the dressing and mix well. Finish by sprinkling the seeds and serve.
- Before pulsing/processing the vegetables, make sure they are thoroughly washed and dried. You don't want a soggy salad.
- Opt for fresh vegetables if you're after a crunchy and refreshing salad. I make this right after my grocery trip instead of waiting a few days. This prevents the greens from wilting and wasting away in the fridge.
- Don't over-process the broccoli and kale; otherwise, it will be soggy and not very tasty. Depending on your food processor, 3-4 pulses may be enough
- Add the dressing just before serving, so it's nice and crunchy
- Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days
Please note the nutritional analysis values are estimates and suggestions. This nutrition facts table does not know your life - your body, including your hunger and satiety cues, change daily. It's okay to eat more or less. Say no to food guilt and instead embrace mindful eating.
Shahzadi is an award-winning registered dietitian (RD) regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario and certified diabetes educator (CDE), approved by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. A YouTuber and notorious foodie, she’s dedicated to helping you end your cooking wars, transform your health, and be the best version of yourself! Shahzadi is an on-air nutrition expert for CTV Your Morning and a regular contributor for Global News and other national media outlets.