Healing Diet

Recommended and Restricted Vegetables for Salad

A simple principle: Vegetables that are too sticky to hand or contain a high amount of starch should not be eaten in form of salad. Secondly, vegetables that are known to cause a burning sensation like mustard leaves should also not be eaten as salad at night.

Here is a table for recommended vegetables that you can eat in form of salad. I have also provided a few examples of restricted vegetables.

Vegetable CategoryRecommendedRestricted
RootCarrots, Radish, Turnip, Beetroots, Fennel, CeleriacPotatoes, Yam
Leafy GreenKale, Lettuce, Chard (Silver beet), Spinach, Coriander leaves, Fenugreek leavesMustard Leave
CruciferousCabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli
MarrowCucumber, Snake CucumberZucchini, Pumpkin, Summer Squash
Edible plant stem & TomatoesCelery, Asparagus, Tomatoes
Allium VegetablesOnion, Garlic, Shallot

Note: If you are unable to find seasonal vegetables from a specific vegetable category, you can increase the amount of total vegetable intake from other vegetable categories.

Can I include fruits in the Salad?

Yes, you can also include some fruits in a salad. Here are recommended and restricted fruit examples for salad.

Recommended FruitsRestricted Fruits
Tomatoes, Berries, Apples, Pears, Nashi, Apricots, Peaches, Plums, Cherries, Nectarines, Papaya, Pineapple, Coconut, AvocadoOranges, Banana, Mangoes, Melons

Can I squeeze lemon on the salad?

Yes, lemon juice is also good for salad.

Can I use salt, oil, or spices?

No, you should not add salt and oil to the salad. You should also not sprinkle any spices on salad unless recommended to do so.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.
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