Indian Dinner Salad

Indian Dinner Salad, made with freshly sliced cucumber, tomatoes, onions, chaat masala and lemon juice.

Indian Dinner Salad

Dinner Scenes

Picture this, the dinner table is set, your favorite dal, a seasonal sabzi, fluffy rice, warm rotis slathered with ghee, homemade dahi and a plate of salad that’s drenched in nimboo juice and generously dusted with chaat masala. I’ve seen this scene over and over again, a different dal, a different sabzi, but always that plate of salad, layers of colorful vegetables ready to munch on. This salad is a beautiful blend of vibrant colors, refreshing textures, and bold flavors that pairs with the simplest of meals.

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Indian Dinner Salad

An Indian Dinner Salad is simply a plate adorned with slices of cool cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, crisp onions, and a hint of fiery radish. Swaps are made for what’s in season for the best flavors: carrots and daikon in winter, cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in spring. The crispness of the cucumbers contrasts beautifully with the juiciness of the tomatoes, while the pungent bite of the onions is tempered by the mellow radish. It’s like a carefully choreographed dance of flavors, with each bite offering a unique taste.

A Medley of Flavors

At the heart of this simple masterpiece lies the key to its irresistible allure – a perfect pairing of lemon juice and chaat masala. As you squeeze fresh lemon (or lime) juice over the salad, it infuses each ingredient with a fresh and tart bite. The chaat masala, a quintessential Indian spice mix, adds a delightful complexity. Its medley of flavors, including cumin, coriander, and black salt, creates an unforgettable flavor profile that’s both bold and intricate, leaving you craving more with every forkful. If you’re a fan of chaat masala you know chaat masala has this magical way of making even the most boring of foods better, much better. 

Indian Dinner Salad

That Crunch

Texture plays a big part in this salad. While much of Indian dinner foods are soft and sometimes creamy, the crunch of the cucumbers and radish slices provides a satisfying contrast to the soft, juicy tomatoes. As you eat dinner it’s a treat to go from soft and spiced to crisp and juicy.

Indian Dinner Salad

Add it to the menu

It’s safe to say, the Indian Dinner Salad is a work of art on a plate – a testament to the creativity of Indian cuisine and its ability to transform simple ingredients into a masterpiece of flavors and textures. Whether you’re a fan of Indian food or just looking to explore new taste sensations, this salad promises to be a perfect accompaniment to any meal. If you love flavorful salads like we do be sure to try Kachumber, another Indian dinner salad, or this Cucumber, Fennel, and Pistachio salad

Indian Dinner Salad
Prep time
Total time
Freshly sliced cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, and onions garnished with chaat masala and lemon juice.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 1 English cucumber; peeled and cut into spheres
  • 2 roma tomatoes; sliced into spheres
  • 1 small onion; thinly sliced
  • 5-6 red radish; thinly sliced
  • 2-3 green chilis; sliced in half
  • juice of one lemon or lime
  • 1 lemon or lime cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon chaat masala
  • fresh herbs such a mint or cilantro for garnish
  • flakey salt; optional
  1. Cut all the fresh vegetables into even size spheres or half moons.
  2. Arrange them on a platter and drizzle on fresh lemon or lime juice.
  3. Season generously with chaat masala and salt if needed.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint.
Add in vegetables according to what's in season. You can add in: carrots, daikon radish, cherry tomatoes, fresh bell peppers, and more.



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