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Does anyone know of the salad that I think may have ranch dressing, but it has cauliflower, broccoli, black olives, and red onions. I can't find one on line that looks like what I remember. It's kind of a creamy dressing which makes me think of Ranch dressing, because my family loves ranch. I'm searching because my grandmother passed and I am unable to ask her now. :(. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

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I love red onion to add a bit of oomph to any salad. When paired with smoked Gouda it is divine.
Another favourite of mine with red onion is my chickpea, broccoli, & feta salad recipe which is super easy and cheap to make but wows like it's gourmet. I love eating it as a side or a snack, but I've also doubled the serving size for a light lunch of only 260 calories.

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Boreda just wanted to let you know your salad dressing recipe is a winner.

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YUM, can you share how you pickle beetroot? I love beets!

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The Kale/Brussel Sprout slaw mix from Costco is awesome and pretty inexpensive. It comes with 2 separate dressing packets so you can divide the bag up. I usually get their hot roasted whole chicken and add chicken to the salad. Best to let the dressing set for about 15 minutes. But so delicious and good stuff in it. A nice quick thing I do when I make a Costco run!



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Spinach and goat cheese



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Wow, and I thought salads were boring! There are some great ideas to get me back to loving what is in the bowl. Thanks for sharing!

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I love ranch dressing on my salad...

Chopped red onions, red and green bell pepper, some sweet fruit type thing either raisins, chopped apple or craisins, shredded cheese. Nothing real complicated. Sometimes I will add more chopped veggies



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My regular salad is lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, pickled beetroot and chopped up apple. Nothing fancy but a mingle of flavours that always hits the spot and can accompany any cold or grilled meats, fish or seafood!




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Thanks for a good idea. I love the idea of using parsley and cilantro in a fresh green salad. I like making my own dressing as well. What about using Kale. Just take it off the stem and massage it with a little olive oil and salt so it is pliable. I'm going to try it with these herbs. Thank you!



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Great ideas i think i will try a few to switch things up.




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Great ideas i think i will try a few to switch things up.




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Great ideas i think i will try a few to switch things up.




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Great ideas i think i will try a few to switch things up.




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I'm hooked on a very simple salad that is very tart but super fresh...mixed green (I use an artisan lettuce blend), mixed in a bowl with a handful of fresh parsley and a handful of fresh cilantro. I top it very simply with a sea salt, fresh ground pepper, lemon juice and just a touch of olive oil. I love it exactly like that but it's also good if you want to bulk it up and eat it as a main dish...great with tuna, white beans, a small shaving of fresh parmesan cheese, good kalamata black olives.

I'm definitely a believer in making my own salad dressings. Ina Garten has a buttermilk ranch recipe that I've tried and love...however, I make it my own way. I use fat free greek yogurt, olive oil mayo and parsley instead of basil. It's also very thick - perfect for a veggie dip. Since it makes a larger amount, I use part as a dip for veggies and then I thin the rest out with water or skim milk. It's fabulous and much healthier than anything you can buy. Here is the link to her recipe.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/buttermilk-ranch-dressing-with-bibb-lettuce-recipe/index.html




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I was really opposed to sweet stuff in my salad. Something about it just didn't seem right. I finally tried strawberries and spinach and it is amazing!! If you were like me, just try it.

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Thanks Boreda. I can't wait to try this salad dressing. I'll let you know how I like it.

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GRAMMY7070, you don't have to refrigerate leftover salad dressing (but some people may choose or wish to do so). I never put mine in the fridge -- but it tends to get used up pretty quickly! If you do refrigerate, take it out about an hour or so before using it; the oil will thicken up in the fridge (although not congealing completely into a solid lump), and it pours better and coats salad ingredients better when at room temperature. Do try it!



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Wow! Great salad ideas. Everything sounds good, but also healthy. I love the idea of homemade salad dressing. Do you need to refrigerate leftover dressing. If so does it congeal?

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Make your own salad dressing. In a screw-top jar, put about two-thirds extra virgin olive oil (or try extra virgin rape seed oil) and one-third of a good-quality wine vinegar; add a big heaped teaspoon of mustard (wholegrain for a slightly textured dressing, Dijon for a smooth, gloopy dressing), plenty of freshly ground black pepper and salt (coarse sea salt is best) according to your taste; you can also add one or two finely crushed cloves of garlic if you like. Screw the top on the jar and shake vigorously for a few seconds. That's it: takes only a couple of minutes to make, delicious, good for you, stores well for weeks (shake again before using each time), and much cheaper than shop-bought dressings. Pour it over any salad greens; also try tomato salad (sliced tomatoes, chopped salad onions, chopped parsley and/or basil), which gets better the longer you leave it steeping in the dressing. My favourite is plain steamed green beans, cooled, with the dressing poured on top -- I can eat this all day, every day, when beans are in season!



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One of my favorite salads is the "things are starting to go bad in the fridge" salad. It may contain lettuce of some kind or it may not. It will contain fruit like grapes or berries that i forgot to freeze. It will contain lots of different veggies. I start with a bowl and start throwing things in. I may slice and dice or I may shred (depends on how I feel) I mix it all together with some lemon and oil (i have olive oil, hazelnut oil, walnut oil).
Grab a fork and enjoy.

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Since diving into low carb eating, I've studied salad dressings and additions carefully. I love romaine, too. It's almost always available, and more nutrition than iceberg. If you could stand a little baby spinach in there, too, you'd bump up the nutrition quotient.

When you shop for salad dressings, try out those who do not have soybean oil as the first ingredient. Olive oil and canola oil are higher in Omega 3 fatty acids than soybean oil. We tend to get too much Omega 6 fatty acid, and not enough Omega 3.

Make a chef salad by adding those hard boiled eggs, some shredded or cubed cheddar, (and little bits of ham, if you'd like) with some ranch dressing and pepper. This goes well with my favorite salad nut; roasted pepitas.

If you're feeling fruity, some dried cranberries (will have sugar added) would pair well with a sweet (like raspberry) vinaigrette and some chopped pecans. Sweeter salads like this also dress up with some grated carrot. Buying the lunch-box sized mandarin orange in water gives you another option; just drain and add to the salad.

Caesar salad is easy when your favorite lettuce is romaine. Grilled shrimp is great on caesar. I keep both grated and shredded Parmesan on hand because they are so different on salad. The grated (almost powder) sticks to the dressing and gets cheese all over. The shredded cheese is entirely different, little nubs of flavor.

One amazing way to add some cheese is to find a grillable cheese. Yanni grilling cheese is available at some grocery stores, and I'm nuts about halloumi, which I've found at Trader Joe's. Cut into crouton sized cubes, fry it up in a pan and toss them onto the salad. Great on a chef salad, or on a caesar.

Two more great nuts for salads are cashews (raw, on sweeter salads) and smokehouse almonds (especially when you can't think of anything else to put in!)

I'm rarely patient enough to prepare little bits of veggies for my salads, but grated zucchini is a great way to sneak in more nutrition. And I do mean sneak. Someone at my table is terrible about eating his veggies.



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I tend to like different things.

Fajita salad - romaine lettuce, grilled chicken or steak, black beans, sharp cheddar, avocado with salsa.

Caesar - romaine with parmesan, grilled chicken or salmon, with a light Italian dressing, maybe some croutons.

Spinach with hard boiled egg and a strawberry or raspberry vinaigrette with fresh fruit. (I'm allergic to apples and nuts, so I never use them)

If I'm just putting one together, I tend to use romaine or spinach. I like light Italian or vinaigrette type dressings. Toppings can include:
Hard boiled egg
Sharp cheddar or parmesan
Bacon pieces
Craisins
Strawberries or raspberries
Edamame (fresh or crunchy)
sunflower seeds
Carrots
zucchini
Jicama
cauliflower
chicken/steak/salmon

I usually just take what sounds good and use it for a while, or add random stuff in depending on what's in the fridge. I try to keep stuff at work so I can toss together a salad pretty easily.

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this sounds delicious. i'm gonna try it.



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That sounds great. I'm tired of having to throw out salad because I've made to much. Thanks



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I'm cutting back on my carbs, so I see a lot of salad in my future. Essentially, whatever I USED to eat on a bun or bread, I'm going to throw on a something green. Egg salad on sliced cucumbers like hor d'oeuvres, peanut butter on celery, tuna salad on a salad! My tuna will have canned tuna, celery, pepper, hard boiled egg, and a touch of Miracle Whip. I'm so excited for dinner tonight!

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I have my own version of Wendy's Baja Salad... except my chili is made with ground Turkey! Just get yourself a bed of lettuce and whatever else you like on your salad (peppers, tomato, onion etc), top it off with grated cheese, heat the chili and pour it over, then dollop on some sour cream (low fat or fat free) and spinkle with tortilla salad toppers! YUM!!!



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I have my own version of Wendy's Baja Salad... except my chili is made with ground Turkey! Just get yourself a bed of lettuce and whatever else you like on your salad (peppers, tomato, onion etc), top it off with grated cheese, heat the chili and pour it over, then dollop on some sour cream (low fat or fat free) and spinkle with tortilla salad toppers! YUM!!!



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i got myself back on track so i added my banana to my salad. i usually have for breakfast. it was really good in salad.

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i lost myself yesterday and ate everything should not eat. butter lettuce asparagus. mushrooms w/salsa maybe hard boiled egg.

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2-3 cups of mixed greens (romaine, spinach, kale)
1 sliced up chicken tenderloin (I grill an entire package and refrigerate them) seasoned with seasoning salt and black pepper
1/2 cup mandarin oranges
2 tablespoons of slivered almonds
2 tablespoons of feta or blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons of Kraft balsamic dressing

You get the crunch from the almonds, sweet from the mandarins, a smooth texture and bite from the cheese, protein from the chicken. It's a perfect marriage of flavors! Plus it looks really pretty!



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Wow this sounds great, I've been using my kale with my veggie drink everyday, but now it can go in my lunch salads as well - think I'll use canned salmon for the protein cause I just love it. Thanks

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I eat a nice green-veggie salad daily but I also DRINK my veggies and fruits via a huge container of Kale, spinach, carrots, bok choy, blueberries, ginger etc w/ chia seeds into our Vitamix ................. Loaded and brimming over w/ antioxidants and live foods full of nourishment ............. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Great salad ideas. One salad sounds better than the next. Don't know which ones to try first.

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I like to make up fresh pico de gallo (chopped tomatoes, onion, jalepenos, cilantro, lemon juice, salt). Yummy! And add that to my salads (romaine lettuce) with cheese, carrots, celery, red beans, or black beans, jicama, green olives and Italian salad dressing.

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One of my top Favorite Salads is
Spinach salad with red onion, strawberries, feta and walnuts with balsamic dressing.. MMM...





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I make myself a big salad for lunch every day. I buy bagged greens (power greens or baby spinach or one of the new Dole chopped salad blends) and pre-cooked chicken strips (usually perdue). I'll also use the pouch salmon or a can of tuna in place of chicken.

My favorite dressing is Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar. Because the only oil is olive oil it doesn't even need refrigeration.

One of my favorites to include is a wholly guacamole 100 calorie pack
Then whatever vegetables and nuts or seeds I have on hand: often sliced mushrooms, packaged raw sugar snap peas, carrots, grape tomatoes...
I don't eat wheat any more so croutons are out. For crunch and flavor I often add an ounce of roasted (unsalted) sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (pepitas).

I serve it in a largish plastic bowl I keep at work for this purpose and eat with a real fork (not plastic).

I usually get envious "that looks good" comments when I carry it from the kitchen to go eat it.



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These ideas are so wonderful, I'm tempted to just soak them up! I like to keep cooked beans (kidney, garbanzo, black or small red) and quinoa (red is nice for color and flavor) in the refrigerator and throw them in with mixed greens, some nuts or seeds (chopped walnut or pecan, sliced almond, pumpkin seeds) and dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, dates). A little fresh pear or apple is nice, too. I use different vinegars and oils for a quick oil and vinegar dressing or thin a little Greek yogurt. I treat myself to prewashed baby spinach and Organic Girl mixed greens as a base. much variety, I never get tired of salad.

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Refreshing Mediterranean Salad

1 cucumber, fresh, peeled, diced into small pieces
0.5 container non-fat plain yogurt
2 cloves of garlic, crushed or grated
1 tbs olive or regular oil
1 tbs (white) vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt
hazelnuts (optional)

Mix everything together and let it rest in the fridge for about 2 hrs for tastes to blend. It is good for several days when refrigerated and you can even have it by itself. It is truly refreshing and satisfying.

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I love frozen peas and blueberries in my salads. I often opt for low fat cottage cheese instead of dressing.



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a cup of hot chili on a bed of mixed baby greens/iceberg/romaine (if time isn't on your hands, you can buy pre-mixed bags that have additional goodies in them like shredded carrot, purple cabbage, etc.,) ... you can add some shredded cheese if you like and a few crumbled nacho chips but I enjoy mine without the chips. My 16 year old daughter on the other hand, LOVES this salad with the chips but she can afford to LOL

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I am always short for time so tend to keep it simple. Greens, grated carrot and maybe some beetroot. The magic ingredient for me is a big dollop Greek yogurt & cucumber dip. Tastes so deceivingly creamy, yet so light and delicious, the salad becomes the highlight of my meal, not the boring side dish.

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Had a great one today-Butter lettuce, red bell pepper, chopped gala apple, chopped pear, avocado, gorgonzola cheese and some toasted, slightly sweetened (with Splenda and seasoned with Cinnamon) walnut pieces.



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Such great ideas! I'll be coming back here often emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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I am a fan of salad - the more produce in the bowl, the better. Some of my favorites are greens, sugar snap peas, mandrian oranges, seedless grapes and grape tomatoes. I don't even use dressing since there are so many flavors. Occasionally if I am feeling decadent, I'll splurge on an avocado or some cheese cubes



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I mix spinach with some baby romaine greens. It adds protein and fiber. Love it with sliced strawberries and some reduced fat feta cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette. My mouths is watering just thinking about it. LOL

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This sounds like a great idea that I will have to try. I am always throwing away spoilt salad ingredients. Thanks. emoticon

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i'm havng baby greens w/ mushrooms and asparagus and light dressing. also 98% hamburg patty. sometimes salsa instead of dressing.

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Publix makes a delicious strawberry pecan salad but I'm not sure how healthy it is.

I'm eventually going to make my own version..it includes field greens, strawberries, blue cheese crumbs, and roasted pecans with a vinagrette dressing..AMAZING.



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I have a salad spinner I bought awhile ago from tupperware and I love it...it has a removable strainer in it where I put everything into it, wash the items, then place it back into the bowl, put the lid on and it spins all of the excess water out, then you dump the water out of the bottom bowl, thus keeping it fresher longer in the fridge. I don't like salad dressings, so I put everything from fresh and dried fruit, to everything veggie, and meat, eggs or grated cheese for protein, but I agree with everyone else; it's gotta have CRUNCH!!! I add small stuffing cubes for croutons (they are the same thing but way cheaper), nuts, seeds or chinese noodles. I have a salad everyday and it is never boring. The girls I work with are always wondering what I'm gonna bring on my salad the next day...I think they secretly take bets...LOL emoticon

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Some of my favorite new food ideas comes from standing in the kitchen and wondering how in the world I am going to throw something together that is healthy and just might taste good. The other day I discovered that iceburg lettuce, green bell pepper, frozen mixed fruit, avocado, and garlic lime salsa mixed together is YUMMY.

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I make up a big salad, put it in a tupperware (style) container. Then I put a paper towel on top of the salad. This will keep the salad dry and it will last quite a while. Sometimes I have to change the paper towel to keep it longer. The towel absorbs the moisture and takes it away from the lettuce. I make enough salad for 5 or 6 servings. If I eat at least one salad a day, I finish the container by the end of the week. If I don't, I will have to throw some out after the 6 or 7th day. It really works! Enjoy your salads!



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Broccoli slaw, chicken. The original recipe from Hungry Girl has Mandarin oranges and water chestnuts. I've adapted it to adding whatever I have on hand. Grapes, cucumbers, peas. Pour an Asian dressing over it and mix. Kraft has a good Asian Dressing. Newman's has one and Bolthouse Farms has one that is very natural and good. Mix together. I divide it into three servings for three different lunches at work. Refrigerate until you eat it.
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I like to use romaine lettuce and cut it into smaller pieces and add grilled chicken or pork to it, with a serving of croutons (i break them up smaller in a zip lock bag to make it go further in the salad), dice cucumbers and bell peppers, and drizzle the Kraft light toasted Asian sesame dressing on it. It is a great flavor that is different from regular dressings. It's filling and satisfying.

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I like to use thin sliced strawberries or mango on mine with lemon or rice vinegar.
Occasionally I'll use honey, half a lemon's juice and cayenne pepper.

Carlson's Lemon Flavored Fish Oil sounds gross on salad, but its delicious and helps your body absorb the oil based vitamins and antioxidants as does any oil.

Nutritional yeast is another tasty topping that adds b vitamins.
I also like anchovies.

Chia, sesame, pumpkin seed, precut sliced almonds for texture.

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if it is an an entree salad i make sure there is a good amout of protein - meat , shopped crab/seafood, legumes, seeds, and sometimes cheese.

i tend to use veggies from my garden.



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I have been adding cucmbers and Jicama to my salads, and some sliced almonds from my one total ounce a day limit. It adds a little more crunch to it. I have also substituted for the almonds a carefully measured tablespoon of unsalted sunflower seeds.

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