Come summer, it’s time to relish fruits. The market gets flooded with juicy mangoes, succulent watermelons, tangy oranges, grapes and various types of berries. Eating fruits is an amazing way to maintain our energy levels, hydration and can serve as wonderful coolants during the hot months.

If you think eating fruits is boring, try these easy, creative salads with fruits and nuts, sans ice-cream. Colourful, energizing, loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and low on sugars, these unique salads can keep you satiated for longer hours.

Apple, Banana, Berries And Dry Fruit Salad

This simple apple, banana and dry fruit salad is extremely nutritious and tongue-tickling, thanks to its unique dressing.

Nutritional Benefits

Apple is sodium free and loaded with antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibre. The phytonutrients in apple prevent a host of diseases.

Bananas are a healthy source of vitamin C and B6, potassium, dietary fibre and phytonutrients. Bananas are loaded with carbs which serve as an instant source of energy to keep you refreshed and active.

Berries are a powerhouse of vitamin K, vitamin C, fibre, manganese.

Dry fruits are filled up with an array of essential minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium which boost immunity and health.

Ingredients

2 cups apple cubes (unpeeled)

1/2 cup sliced bananas

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup finely chopped dates

2 tsp chopped apricots

2 tsp raisins

Fistful of berries like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries

For The Dressing

1/4 tsp lemon rind

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp chat masala

1 tsp powdered sugar

Salt to taste

Method

In a bowl, place all cut fruits, berries and drizzle with generous amounts of dressing.

Toss well. Chill it in the refrigerator for an hour and serve chilled.

Watermelon, Orange And Almond Salad

This salad is not only easy to make but also tastes very delicious, thanks to juicy watermelons, oranges and nutty almonds.

Nutritional Benefits

Watermelon is a refreshing fruit-filled up with water and whopping amounts of nutrients such as vitamin A, B6, and C and antioxidant lycopene which are good for your heart and health.

Orange is a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamin C, A and B complex vitamins which maintains your skin health and keeps diseases at bay.

Almonds are a good source of essential fatty acids, protein, vitamin E and minerals that boost your memory and health.

Ingredients

3 cups deseeded watermelon cubes

2 cups orange slices

4 tbsp chopped almonds

2 tbsp mint leaves

For The Dressing

3 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp pepper powder

Salt to taste

Method

In a bowl, place watermelon cubes and orange slices. Toss gently.

Sprinkle mint leaves and chopped almonds.

Pour the prepared dressing and sprinkle salt.

Refrigerate it for 30 minutes. Serve chilled.