Eating healthily has become fashionable; its popularity evident in the large numbers of people who are following some sort of a dietor another nowadays. One of my friends is always on a diet despite being slim.I feel embarrassed in front of her because I am one of those people who indulges guiltlessly. I combine my love of food with exercise since I don’t know how to say “no” to a food that I love simply because it contains unforgiving calories. Exercise means I have an excuse to eat what I want without having to think too hard about it. I try to include a lot of fruit and vegetables in my diet and I think it is best to eat what you love in smaller portions. As the old adage goes, ‘a little of what you fancy does you good’, the emphasis on the ‘little’ …tender-coconut-250x250

Salads are a great way to fill yourself up, rich in roughage and vital nutrients. They are refreshing, keep you feeling light and one can vary them so as not to get bored. Zing your salads up with dressing that need not contain fattening ingredients such as mayonnaise or cream. Try soy sauce, lime juice, orange juice, mustard, vinegar,yoghurt …

So here’s an idea using leftovers to make a great salad:

Preparation Time – 10 minutes cucumber-slices

No cooking required

Serves – 2-3


1 cup – green grapes

2 cucumbers – thinly sliced

½ tender coconut – thinly sliced

2 tbsp – mint leaves (torn up)

2 cups – watermelon chunks (take out as many seeds as you can)

1 onion –thinly sliced

For the dressing featured-garnish-watermelon

1 tbsp – maple syrup

1 tbsp – Worchester sauce

¼ tspn – black pepper powder

½ tspn – Himalayan pink salt, rock salt or ordinary salt

½ lemon juice

¼ tspn – Mustard paste


Mix all the ingredients for the dressing together.

Just before serving add all the ingredients and the dressing together.Mix well.

Taste the seasoning and add more salt if you like. You could also add any other ingredients which suit your tastes: apples, peaches, red grapes, nuts, tomatoes or beets.

P.S. – Don’t make the salad in advance, just toss it up straight away and serve.You can chill all the ingredients separately.


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