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MOLLYEEEEE SparkPoints: (1,307)
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1/25/13 7:45 P

I've been getting the mixed spring salad lately. Costs a little more than buying regular lettuce but it's more interesting. I like to add things to it that are different colors, roasted red or yellow bell peppers, purple onion, tomato, carrots, artichokes, olives, avocado, to make it look appealing, & have been going through a fat free raspberry vinaigrette phase. And top it w/feta or parmesan cheese. I get cravings for it!

And how could I almost forget mushrooms, 1 of my fav ingredients, with cancer fighting qualities!

Edited by: MOLLYEEEEE at: 1/26/2013 (15:53)
ASHMELEE4 SparkPoints: (18,784)
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1/25/13 2:58 P

My absolute favorite salad consists of spinach leaves, fennel, radishes, and sweet onion, with a little olive oil and lemon juice on top. None of the boring, tastless lettuce--it's got a bit of a punch to it, which is good for me because I'm usually pretty underwhelmed by salads.

TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (28,035)
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1/25/13 2:16 A

Sometimes I like to roast root vegetables and toss them in my salad. Tonight I had a massive bed of lettuce topped with a really good stirfry: Garlic, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, fresh tomatoes, whole wheat penne (just a little) and asparagus. I put in a few chunks of fresh Parmesan cheese as well. I was in heaven!
By the way, I had the same question as you because I wanted a more interesting salad, so I googled "salad" and looked at all the images of them. It gave me some good ideas to try in the future.

CECISMOMMY09 SparkPoints: (8,221)
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1/24/13 2:43 P

I like greek caesar and sante fe!!! look up low cal recipes delish! or apple and craisin

MAYBER SparkPoints: (79,611)
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1/24/13 2:29 P

almost any vegetable and/or fruit can make a salad
most important is the dressing that is used
there is a large variety
one day at a time

OMENDER Posts: 209
1/24/13 9:51 A

Flank steak on mixed dark greens and maybe escarole or frisee with any number of other toppings- red onion, poached egg, avocado, tomato, etc.

Muffalatta salad- greens with olive salad as the dressing topped with genoa salami, ham, and provolone cheese (obviously, go easy on the cheese and salami, but you can get pretty low fat/calorie ham that would work well.

Bon apatite magazine this month had a fabulouls looking shrimp and escarole salad I am planning to try soon.

ANGIE2372 SparkPoints: (302)
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1/24/13 9:28 A

I love the Subway oven roasted chicken salad and it's something you can do at home. I combine both lettuce and spinach with tomatos, pickles, black olives, banana peppers, onions and sometimes green peppers and ask for oil and vinegar and salt and pepper-no other dressings as the pickles and peppers add flavoring. Culver's Cranberry Bacon Bleu salad is yummy without dressing. A little more calories, but by not adding dressing, you can cut some. Or make your own with turkey bacon and light blue cheese dressing.

CLARK971 Posts: 719
1/24/13 9:04 A

two i make a lot:
any type lettuce, feta, almonds or sunflower seeds, strawberries or raspberries and light vinegrette (sometimes i use a light raspberry vinegrette)

any type lettuce, kroger diced ham (1/2 cup has 70 calories), a few tablespoons of shredded parmesan cheese, cucumbers, bell peppers, a few olives, olive oil /vinegar dressing

i also make salad without lettuce
bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, green onion, ham or chicken, feta or paremsan cheese, bread cubes (usually one slice toasted)

last night's dinner was spinach, broccoi slaw, shredded carrots, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds, water chesnuts, wonton strips salad toppers, chicken breast, light poppy seed dressing.

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 1/24/2013 (09:12)
WALLINMW SparkPoints: (153,947)
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1/24/13 8:42 A

I love a good spinach and green leaf salad!

DSWILSON67 Posts: 42
1/23/13 10:20 P

I really enjoy salads with apples and nuts with a raspberry vinegarette.

JAZZTHEJAZZ Posts: 197
1/23/13 10:17 P

Salads! I love salads! I've been taking them to work for the last few days. Here are some of my favorites:

Spinach, raspberries, walnuts, Wishbone red wine vinaigrette

Romaine, tomatoes, taco meat (seasoned chicken or beef), a little salsa, a little cheese! No dressing required!

Romaine, chopped hard boiled egg, a little cut up low sodium deli ham or turkey, a little cheese, and a fat free ranch.

Spinach, olives, cucumber, chicken breast, feta, and greek dressing.

Spinach, celery, and tuna (mixed with just a little mayo and lemon juice)

Delicious!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (56,767)
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1/23/13 9:20 P

This is a yummy salad created by my then 6 year old. It's super yummy, different, and you can think of a million and one ways to add to it to make it even better.

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=2228348


MISSGOOGOODOLL SparkPoints: (4,671)
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1/23/13 8:13 P

My go to salad is baby spinach, sundried tomatoes, feta, basil and balsamic vinegar/dressing. But there are lots of ideas you can find online. I like using this website: http://punchfork.com/recipes/salad

Good luck!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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1/23/13 6:18 P

Hi,

How about checking out our sister site, SparkRecipes.com for some other ideas?

Just a thought...

Coach Nancy

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
1/23/13 4:50 P

What about a different protein like fish or egg.

Then use a different dressing, or no dressing and use cottage cheese which has protein (watch the sodium, so use a small amount, a little goes a long way).

For a starch, crackers are good, watch the portion. Quinoa is amazing in a lettuce based salad. Even a wheat pita tore up is great, too.

Sunflower hearts (no salt) are great. Any kind of nuts add great crunch (use caution with portion sizes).

Pickled beets and pickled jalepenos chopped up add a tons of flavor.

SPYDEZRA Posts: 87
1/23/13 4:46 P

Panera has a salad that I really love, the Fuji apple chicken salad. It has mixed greens, chopped onion, dried apple chips, pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, chicken and a fruity vinaigrette. You can pick up ideas by checking out restaurant menus and copying their creations, although you have to be careful what you add to salads because the toppings can be high in calories (bacon and creamy dressings, for example).

REDVELVET21 SparkPoints: (36,976)
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1/23/13 4:41 P

I really like salads but I am having troubles with making different salads. Can you tell me an idea of a salad instead of lettuce, tomatoes, corn, mushrooms, chicken and italian salad dressing! I need help!

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