Great as a side dish or the main meal!
Soups are a great source not only of nutrition but also balance the cold qualities of the Vata and Kapha doshas making them ideal for fall, winter and early spring. Of course, there are also cold soups usually made with cooling vegetables and fruits that are well suited for the hot summer months.
Salads can be be grain, legume or vegetable based and either warm or cold. Cold, raw salads are best taken at the lunch meal when your internal digestive fire is strongest and in the hot months when there is excess external heat that is balanced by cooling foods. However, to digest raw foods you need to have a balanced and strong digestive fire.