As the summer heat begins to soar, one needs to drink and eat food that keeps the body cool and healthy. Fruit and vegetable salads are good option to control the body heat and healthy.

Also, in most cultures, salad is a way to gain good health. Certain vitamins, minerals and vital enzymes in vegetables are destroyed while cooking. So, eating those vegetables which can be eaten raw instead of being cooked maximizes the utilisation of nutritional content in food.

Cooking process powers up nutrients in some vegetables but does the opposite in others. Check out few classic salads from different cuisines around the world based on tempering and dressings with traditional spices, herbs and dips.

Indian salad: Fresh and fibrous, packed with nutrition, Indian salad is all about raw vegetables, fresh fruits and sprouts. Blended with natural flavours and aromas, these bright and colourful salads give refreshing kick during summer time. These are tossed with flavourful dressings, making them enjoyable with any meal.

Russian salad: The combination of fresh fruits and veggies in a single salad is unique and healthy. Russian salad recipes use boiled potatoes, carrots and other fresh vegetables and fruits topped with fresh yogurt or mayonnaise dressing. Cooked chicken or boiled eggs can also be used in it. These are mouth-watering and tempting. Easy to prepare and delicious, it provides overwhelming health. They are served chilled. It is good to be consumed as snack as well.

Mexican salad: It includes taco salad, bean salad, chicken quinoa salad and jicama salad with an aroma of cilantro, lemon juice and so on. These salads go well with Mexican style dishes. Loaded with peppers, jalapenos and cheddar cheese tossed in spicy farm dressings, you may eat these yum salads with crackers or tostadas. These are the salads you will crave for.

French salad: A nice combo of cooked baby potatoes, boiled eggs, lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, olives and tuna or chicken, French salad is an important part of every meal in France. Plain green salad known as ‘Salad Verte’ is the most famous variety and placed on the table with main course meal. Wonderfully fresh, it’s tasty and extremely healthy. Just make them for light snacking.

Spanish salad: Baby spinach, Boston and Romaine lettuce torn into pieces, wedges of tomatoes, thin slices of Spanish onions, green olives with lemon drops and delicious dressings – wow! So crunchy and tempting. The wide range from exceptional combinations to elaborate compositions seasoned with finest and freshest ingredients of Spanish origin and extra virgin olive oil is ideal to munch any time of the day. A classic sauce made of dried red pepper, hazelnuts and almonds with cheese gives extra moisture to this salad. Completely refreshing, sweet and salty, vivid in colour and a perfect side dish – so appetising!

Over the years, these global cuisines have taken on a new popularity in the world of delicious salads. The preparation varies from region to region, setting up every salad in a unique way. You must experience these healthy treats and flavours of fresh herbs that are sweet, sour, spicy and sometimes bitter.

Can you afford to miss the healthiest part of your daily meal? Certainly, not.