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KKKAREN
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6/25/13 6:23 A

I like a tomato salad. 2 to 3 tomatoes cut into bit sized pieces, about 1/2 cut chopped onion with a vinaigrette salad dressing, preferably homemade. Let marinate for a couple of hours on the kitchen counter, enjoy.



ITSABSURD
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6/24/13 9:36 P

My campus has an excellent salad restaurant that I frequent +4 days a week! My go to combination:

Carrots
Edamame
Cucumbers
Legume Salsa (black beans, tomatoes, pinto beans, small avocados, etc.)
Red Peppers
Green Peppers
Red Onions
Alfalfa Sprouts
1/4 Avocado
Fried Onions
Tortilla Strips
Croutons
Sesame Seeds
Peanuts
3 cups spinach
1 cup of romaine salad
2 TBSP of Oriental Sesame dressing

DELICIOUS!




-CORAL-
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6/24/13 6:01 P

I make a variation of a shrimp louie I just love.

mixed greens
bay shrimp
black olives
artichoke hearts (canned, not marinated)
cucumber
hard boiled egg
bernstein's light cheese fantastico dressing - only 25 cals for 2 Tb.




LDHAWKE
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6/24/13 3:03 P

Homemade cucumbers and sour cream. YUMMY!

Creamy Cucumbers

Submitted by: HMMILLER007

Introduction
Yummy summer side dish.
Minutes to Prepare: 10
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
1 large cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings or chopped

Directions
In a covered container stir together the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, dillweed, salt and dash of pepper. Add cucumber and onion; toss to coat. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours, stirring often. Stir before serving.

Makes 6 side-dish servings.

Calories: 40.0
Total Fat: 2.5 g
Cholesterol: 7.9 mg
Sodium: 106.7 mg
Total Carbs: 3.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g
Protein: 1.0 g




FIERYGRACE
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6/24/13 1:27 P

I love a mixed green salad with freshly shredded carrots - I usually grate 2 of them using the widest shredder I have. It gives the salad a sweet taste. I love adding cherry tomatoes and leftover grilled chicken. I buy an extra package of chicken so when we grill out we can have enough for leftovers. I take a few and cut them up and put them in individual baggies for salads through the week. It's been my lifesaver.

I also love adding a clementine or two to my salads and then using an Asian sesame dressing.



JAMIRBLAZE
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6/24/13 12:54 P

My favorite is spinach, goat cheese, dried apricots and raspberry vinaigrette. I'll occasionally add some toasted pecans. I'll usually start with four cups of spinach, so this can be a large meal for around 300 calories, give or take.



TRINCHICK
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6/24/13 9:21 A

Baby spinach
Sliced strawberries
Diced red onion
Feta cheese
Dressing of olive oil and fresh lemon juice

I've also been making my own salad dressing lately by mixing a bit of mustard with balsamic vinegar and a splash of olive oil, fresh ground black pepper and a dash of kosher salt. It's very good. This week my CSA share had mesclun greens so I just toss it all together. Yum.

Edited by: TRINCHICK at: 6/24/2013 (09:23)


JANKE1028
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6/23/13 11:14 P

OMG! Thank you so much to all who replied! I have sooo many new ideas!

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POPSECRET
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6/23/13 10:28 P

salad base : lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, bell pepper, purple cabbage
+
taco seasoned ground turkey
black beans
avocado cubes
salsa
light sour cream



FINDYOURWAY
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6/23/13 2:19 P

I think I love this thread. I'm so uneventful with salads. Mine is usually...

spinach or mixed greens,
bell peppers,
cucumbers,
chicken or eggs

and then I don't even know what dressing I have but a little bit of it.



TINYRN2011
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6/23/13 2:17 P

raw broccoli slaw
dried cranberries
chopped walnuts
raspberry walnut dressing (light)
shredded chicken or turkey meat (optional)




SPOORK
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6/23/13 2:10 P

endives or mixed greens
roasted fennel
dried cranberries
chopped roasted hazelnuts
homemade roasted shallot dressing



PATTI0349
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6/23/13 11:39 A

yummy, that Is my kind of salad. lol



MSWAN112
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6/23/13 11:36 A

my go to salad is very similar to the original recipe here.

2 cups romaine lettuce
chopped cucumbers and celery
black beans
shredded light cheese
salsa and fat free sour cream mixed as a dressing

reminds me of nachos only healthy :)



SPARRISH7
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6/23/13 10:54 A

I LOVE TO MAKE WHAT MY HUSBAND CALLS "JETHRO SALADS"--YOU KNOW, TOO BIG FOR THE BOWL:

ROMAINE LETTUCE--1-1/2 - 2 CUPS CHOPPED
BABY SPINACH--ABOUT 1/2 CUP
TOMATOES
MUSHROOMS
GREEN ONIONS
CUCUMBERS
PEPPERS--ANY AND ALL COLORS
HARD BOILED EGG
SUNFLOWER SEEDS, OR AVOCADO
ANY KIND OF PROTEIN--CHICKEN, TURKEY, SHRIMP, TUNA, SALMON
VINAGARETTE DRESSING




KAPELAKIN
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6/23/13 10:39 A

DH and I have our basic salad that we eat probably twice a week. It is:

Baby mixed greens
Coleslaw
Celery
Broccoli
Carrots
Green onions
Tomato

On mine, I chop up an avocado and squeeze a lemon and some pepper instead of salad dressing. Sometimes I'll add some blue cheese or some sunflower seeds for some extra flair.

One I really like is spinach with red onions, hardboiled eggs, blueberries and walnuts with a light olive oil and balsamic dressing.

Another good one is Superfood salad which is finely sliced kale with various ingredients in it. I like to add blueberries, sunflower seeds, onions, carrots, and cherry tomatoes. This one stores really well, so I usually make a bunch and take it to work for lunch throughout the week.



LEKSIPATSY
Posts: 380
6/23/13 9:42 A

I had a good one last night courtesy of cooking light
Lg handful spinach
1/2 lg sweet potato cooked and slice into rounds
Cup black beans
1/2 c quinoa
1 tsp flax seed
2 T feta (real)

The recipe called for fat free dressing so I made my own: 1 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp white wine vinegar, and 1 T lemon juice.

Yum!



KRAFTYKRAFT
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6/23/13 9:05 A

mixed greens, grapes, blueberries, mandrian oranges, snap peas and grape tomatoes. There are so many flavors that I don't even have to add dressing



JENNILACEY
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6/23/13 8:18 A

Atlantic Salmon (broiled)
Romaine lettuce (fresh from my garden)
Kale (from garden)
Black beans
Tomato (soon to be from garden)
Red Onion
Strawberries (from garden)
Light Feta
With or without light raspberry vinegarette


BBQ'd Chicken breast or Salmon (Atlantic or Pacific)
Romaine lettuce
Kale
Sweet potato
Black beans
Bell pepper
Mango
Asian Sesame dressing

Shrimp
Kale
Sweet potato
Black beans
Corn
Fresh dill (from garden)
Freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice
Cumin
Topped with a sliced hard boiled egg

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 6/23/2013 (08:20)


CMCOLE
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6/23/13 6:36 A

Mine varies, according to what I have on hand, but basic one is:

- mixed greens
- few slices red onion
- grape tomatoes
- chopped cucumber
- sliced mushrooms

additions (any or all)

- sliced avocado
- chopped chicken breast
- canned tuna
- nuts, sunflower seeds



LADYSTARWIND
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6/23/13 1:30 A

Broccoli (raw, Chopped finely);
Flavored Cranberries (Orange are fantastic, Cherry also good)
Pecans
Fruit slices to match the cranberries
Mix all; let sit together several hours, and just before serving moisten with just a bit of a
lightly sweetened mayo/skim milk dressing; or a Honey-Juice dressing....






JANKE1028
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6/23/13 12:42 A

I wasn't sure where else to post this, but this board seem to get the most traffic...

Starting out on my weight loss journey, I had to learn to love salads, so I had to get creative. I thought of how I prefer my foods (room temp, warm, or hot), what foods I like best (chips and salsa are my favorite snack but it's usually one of my food pitfalls), what fruits I like, and etc... What I came up with is a salad that is not only insanely delicious, sweet, salty, crunchy, fatty (healthy fats!), but also really filling and nutritious. (See below for recipe)

Although I love my salad, I want some new salad ideas so I'm not bored with my favorite. What are some of your favorite salads? Please share!

My best salad:
2 or 3 cups lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup canned organic black beans rinsed and warmed*
1/2 mango, diced
1/2 avocado, diced**
1/2 cup salsa for dressing

Directions: Chop lettuce, dice mano and avocado and place into a bowl. Warm beans and mix with the rest of ingredients, then top with salsa.

Approx 340 calories

*organic canned beans have a lot less sodium than nonorganic
**A slice or two of lemon will keep avocados from browning.





 
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