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AJBOTV SparkPoints: (11,534)
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1/19/13 2:54 P

I never have lettuce or greens in a salad. My salads consist of veggies and protein. Peas, corn, peppers, zucchini, carrots, onions, squash, chickpeas, navy beans, etc. Tossed in a nutritional rich dressing, like lemon-tahini.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/18/13 11:02 P

Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower---not necessarily together. But with a nice dressing... YUM.

I like broccoli florets with sunflower seeds, raisins and a sweet dressing like Poppyseed.

LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
1/18/13 9:29 P

cabbage as others have said is great. So is grated beetroot raw. And broccoli with a light dressing and croutons. I love a chunky cucumber, tomato and bit of feta salad as well. And of course chickpeas. Lots of herbs can replace lettuce (Italian parsley is wonderful to add green and vitamin c etc)

1/18/13 7:20 P

At the Asian market I pay $1.50 for half a pound.... of mung beans ... last week I got 2 pounds for $2 so that will last about a year.. a little goes a long ways

1/18/13 7:19 P

I sprout my own mung beans nice and crunchy and so much better than store bought... well... add a half to one cup or whatever and some red onion and some red pepper and some cauliflower and some avocado or tuna and pretty soon the salad bowl is too full for lettuce anyway... radish too.. little tomatoes..

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,724
1/18/13 6:31 P

My husband hates salads and I tire of them too. So I often layer vegetables like zuchinni slices peas tomato mushrooms pepper strips. Well you get the idea. You can also add boiled eggs and/or diced meat. Then spread a light layer of low fat Mayo and a little shredded cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight. It's good for a couple days.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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1/18/13 2:19 P

This won't work that well right now because winter tomatoes are not that tasty, but come summer you can do a caprese salad with tomatoes, basil and some mozzarella! Yum.

There's also these recipes for salads/slaws I've been meaning to try:


SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/18/13 2:10 P

Ditto on the cabbage -- green, red, or otherwise!

And ditto to cucumbers, a la CHEETARA79 -- I grew to love salad of thinly sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, onion (red is great, but yellow is fine) and a vinaigrette living in Hungary years ago. Something tangy and refreshing, as well as simple, quick, and inexpensive!

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1/18/13 1:26 P

Cucumber, bell pepper, onion, chick peas, tomatoes, feta. Delicious!

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
1/18/13 1:12 P

I was also going to suggest cabbage. You could also buy a bag of (no sauce) cole slaw or broccoli slaw or rainbow (chopped up mixed veggies) salad.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,176
1/18/13 1:07 P

Have Avocados, olives, and toasted nuts. Kindney Beans, Black Beans or chickpeas which add fiber. Fat Free Croutons or 1 Tbs. of Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits once in awhile.
An avocado with crabmeat is good too!

I agree with 35BYMAY cabbage is cheap and even taste good on sandwiches raw...shredded.... Because of it's high water content it is a great dieting tool. Also lowers cholesterol and high in vitamins K, C, D, and in calicium, magnessium and potssium. Great fiber too! Make tuna and chopped onion.

Chickpea & Tomato Salad
Toss together 1 can of drained chickpeas with 3 cups of freshly chpped tomatoes.
1/4 cup of fresh dill, and 1/4 cup of fresh basil both chopped
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and 1 clove of minced garlic
Let stand 15 minutes, then season with a sprinkle of sea salt optional and some pepper.
Chill Makes 4 servings

2 lg. cucumbers
4 green onions
2 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1 tbsp. white vinegar
Pepper to taste
Peel cucumbers and slice very thin. Chop green onion. Combine in bowl and sprinkle salt and sugar; let stand 20 minutes. Remove to colander and drain excess juice. In small bowl, mix sour cream, white vinegar and pepper; then add cucumbers and onion. Chill in refrigerator. Good with baked potatoes, steak, turkey, chicken or vegetables. too!

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 1/18/2013 (13:10)
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1/18/13 12:46 P

cabbage! a head of cabbage is always cheap, and sooo good for you :) try mixing a couple of different kinds, putting a light dressing on it and letting it sit for a few hours, and then adding whatever you normally would have done with a lettuce salad

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/18/13 12:46 P

shred carrots, shred beets, shred turnips, shred kohlrabi, dice butternut squash and pulverize in your food processor.

I am vegan raw. i rarely have just greens in my salad. I can make salads out of just about any veggie out there.
Spiral cut yellow or green squash. The other night i scraped out a spaghetti squash. Mixed it with some garlic and rice vinegar added some yellow, orange, and red peppers to it. it was delicious.

do a cucumber mint salad.

PINK_NEVAEH22 Posts: 2,276
1/18/13 12:29 P

I know that sounds REALLY weird, but with the freeze in Cali, the prices here in Florida for lettuce, spinach, ect. has sky rocketed! I mean crazy expensive. Any tasty idea's to make a lettuce free salad? lol

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