Choose a fresh base -- Green leafy vegetables like lettuce, radish leaves, cabbage, spinach should be bought fresh. Choose leaves that are crisp. This sort of base ensures fibre, minerals, iron, Vitamin A in plenty.
Add a body -- Pasta, boiled rice, burghul, cut vegetables, paneer and tofu cubes, fruits, raisins, nuts, legumes, grains, pulses, sprouts will give you basic carbohydrates, some protein, fat-soluble vitamins and essential amino acids.
Be choosy about dressing -- Forget the cream and mayonnaise. Vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, hung yogurt, fruit juice, wine are excellent choices. Besides flavour, dressings add moisture, taste and seasoning to the salad making it more palatable. They also enhance the nutritive value adding vitamins and antioxidants.
Go for a garnish -- Beautify the whole bowl for maximum eye appeal. Maybe a sprig of coriander, some mint leaves, shredded lettuce or chopped olives, slivered nuts or some sesame seeds will be sufficient.