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Spicy Indian Vinaigrette (Fat-Free )

Spicy Indian Vinaigrette (Fat-Free )

Mamta Gupta

In India, people don’t generally use an oily dressings on their salad. Often it is just a sprinkling of salt and pepper, mixed with a good vinegar or fresh lime juice. In summer months, I tend to make a mixed salad of chopped fresh fruits, berries like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, salad vegetables like cucumber, radish, tomatoes etc., all mixed up in a bowl. I then add this dressing and serve it on a bed of shredded lettuce, often with a bowl of fat free vegetable soup. This amount is for a salad for 2 people.


  • 1 heaped tsp. Chat Masala*. If you don't have this, sprinkle a little of each of these; chilli powder, ground roast cumin, black pepper and a tiny amount of Garam Masala

  • Salt to taste

  • 2-3 tbsp. good quality vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp. sugar or sweetener

  • 2 tsp. chopped coriander leaves (optional)

  • You can add 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil if you wish.


  1. Place all ingredients in a small jar, close lid and shake well.

  2. This dressing is also good for thickly sliced red onions, served with an Indian meal.

  3. Also see Salad Selection and Salad Dressings.


  • I will try to replace this useless photograph soon!

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