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Does anybody like to make micro salads? Lately, I have been making the greens micro, and chunking everything else. I guess you don't need to chew as much, but I seem to taste the greens better. If I don't process the greens I might as well leave them out.

My favorite greens for microprocessing: red leaf lettuce, purple cabbage, and bok choy. (not all together) Romaine is pretty substantial, too, but the red leaf lettuce is just pretty. And bok choy makes a great fruited slaw.

Sometimes, if the items I want to put on the salad have very strong flavors, I micro-process everything all at the same time with the dressing. Delicious. And you need less dressing to get the flavor throughout.

What salads do you like?

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This morning I had a blended salad with banana, blackberries, romaine, and a little water and cinnamon. I know it was breakfast, but I do that kind of thing for lunch, too!!

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Tis the season for more discussion/sharing about salads!!

Is anyone doing anything with micro salads?

My definition of a microsalad is most all ingredients are processed until chopped into a fine chop and well blended. The dressing can be put in during processing but you run the risk of liquifying.

A liquified salad would be a salad smoothie.

I do a micro salad with cabbage, carrot, apple, strawberries, Braggs Braggberry dressing and marinade, and top with almonds just before serving. It travels well in a lunch container, but keep the nuts separate until ready to eat unless you like soggy nuts.

A crunchy go-with might be Millet and Flax Cinnamon Crisps--They would add a different type of crunch.



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I make my own fat free protein-based salad dressing as follows:

1 pkg tofu - soft or firm
1 C apple cider vinegar*
1 pint fresh (or 1 pkg frozen) berries - I like raspberries best
2 T flaxseeds )optional)

Put into blender and mix for 2 minutes. Store in 1 qt Mason jar. Very health & pretty.
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*Will be tart which is why I prefer the raspberries or a mixed berry blend. You can sub up to 1./2 C apple cider but calories will go up - Try adding a little Equal or Splenda instead


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Today's salad is my version of Tuna salad.. Lots of shredded vegs: carrot ,cucmber,celery, red onion,green cabbage and bell pepper. Tossed with a good helping of my(Rach dressing.
2 Tbspn only 60 cals)

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1/2/12 12:45 A

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1/2 carrot, shredded, 1/4 cucmber, shredded, 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, 3 oz of tuna chunks in brine, drained. This is one of the tasties salads known to me and full of goodness! :D

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12/9/11 1:57 P

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I partially fasted yesterday,but had to go to dance rehearsals so I took with me a tossed salad of cucumber,celery, onions,carrot and lettuce with 1 tbsp Ranch dressing. When I was ready to eat it was just moist enough to eat with out difficulty. I enjoyed it..

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I love taco salads and make mine with seasoned ground turkey, plenty of greens and veggies, and baked tortilla chips to lower the calories. My favorite at the moment is spinach with a tablespoon of chopped pecans, a tablespoon of craisins, and 1 ounce of crumbled low fat feta cheese, all sprinlkled with balsamic vinegar.

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Blueberries, strawberries and bananas with a little splenda and orange juice for dressing makes a healthy and pretty red, white and blue salad. Great anytime, breakfast, dinner or lunch. also would be great for a July 4th potluck event.

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6/4/10 3:54 P

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I love apples, strawberries, or blueberries in salad, with spinach, lots of veggies, maybe some nuts, a small amount of salad dressing... Yum.

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5/23/10 6:18 P

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I eat a lot of salads . tip to use less dressing . when you eat put your dressing on the side . put your fork into the dressing with every bite . that way you eat much less dressing then pouring it upon the salad .

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5/20/10 7:22 P

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I like salads in any combinations,especially colorful ones with little or no dressing.
Home made low-fat dressings work well for me.

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Salad are delicious and can be versatile. You can use whatever topping is pleasing to you. Keep the salads coming. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I'm actually not a fan of salads, but have discovered flavored olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars that really liven them up!

For instance, I bought lime olive oil and an aged strawberry balsamic vinegar. It is absolutely fantastic on a sald with fresh berries and toasted walnuts!!

Unfortunately it is not widely available. We bought ours at a gourmet store in Chicago where the only thing they sold was oil and vinegar.

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I love salads, but not what I had today. I bought it at Safeway a couple of nights ago thinking it was chicken caesar salad. I tossed the fat dressing and the croutons and discovered it had an ounce of cheese in a packet and about 2 cups of iceberg lettuce. Not my favorite lettuce, but all right, until I discovered most of the lettuce came from close to the core = bitter. I consoled myself as I crunched that I'm getting fiber and water from the lettuce. I ate the whole thing and am feeling stuffed, but that will pass and then I'll want something else......Usually my lunches are much more enjoyable!

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I love packing a salad for work lunch. It's a great way to get in a couple servings of veggies and it's cheap and easy! I wash and cut my vegetables on Sunday when I get home from the store and then set up a salad assembly line. It takes about 15 min to prepare and pack salads for the entire week (freshness and taste is still decent on Fri). This weeks salads include: spinach, grape tomatoes, baby carrots, cucumber wedges, and a hardboiled egg (unpeeled). To keep from getting salad-overload I'll mix it up by adding almonds, humus, low-fat cottage cheese, or craisins, or a small orange.

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I love salad too it doesn't get boring to me cause you can add anything to it within reason and careful to take in portion size with the add ins. Fresh spinach makes a great salad and it is better for you too emoticon

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I am getting so many great ideas on spicing up my salad literally. I really like the idea of adding asparagus, cherries, and other veggies. I do agree with one of the posts that in the winter I do enjoy soup more so than salad. So I have a bit of both depending on the type of soup.

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I make a large salad at the beginning of the week and add different vegetables through out the week for a change each day. I take salad every day for my lunch. I like adding the dried cherries or cranberries to my salad as well as nuts!

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Great ideas here! I needed this, thanks for posting!

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I try to use olive oil every day on my salad with a bit of balsamic vinegar.

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I discovered the Wish Bone Salad Spritzers and love most of them! I find them at a ridiculously low price at an outlet store. I buy produce as cheaply as I can and, if I don't have enough variety, go to the corporate cafe next door and buy augmentations (cut cucumbers for example) and add to what I brought from home. I also manage to get a walk in because I walk the LONG way around up and down the hill on the way to and from the cafe! That helps cut down on my hunger, too!

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I love salad and it does not seem to get boring unless it is cold out. Then I just want something to warm me up like home made soup with a lot of vegetables. The rest of the team covered the importance of variety. I find I need to watch the portion sizes when I add craisins, walnuts, cheese. I do like the crunchy items which I often get hungry for. You may want to take stuffed celery with peanut butter, tuna salad or low fat cream cheese for a trade off. Be sure to keep you lunch balance with protein, vegs and fruit. I have to watch that and be careful of the sodium at the same time. Looks like there were some great ideas here.

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Lucky for me I love salads. I'm also lucky that I have found the Walden Farms salad dressings.

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I like adding Italian Pickled Vegetables - Giardiniera to the salad and reduce the need for dressing

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I eat salads three times a week. I ususally add a lot of veggies, maybe a hard boiled egg, tuna, something different and change the greens around as well.

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I make a salad every day for lunch with lots of organic baby spinach, grape tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, peppers and small green olives. Dressing is usually olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Protein is Applegate Farms Turkey or left over chicken or turkey breast cutlets from night before. Then I have a fruit for dessert.

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I find I need to add a protein source for staying power. I batch cook chicken or use a can of tuna and beans for fiber

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That is a great idea. I've started buying fish and cooking it up then cutting into portions. Salad alone and I get hungry by 2:00 but your idea is great for stopping the snacks.

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I always start with lots and lots of different kinds of veggies, cucumber, red, green or yellow peppers, red cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, super thin sliced onions, asparagus (cooked and marinated in light Italian dressing), carrots, sprouts, etc. These are all high in nutrition and super low calorie.

Then I always have to have something else so I'll add 1 Tbsp. nuts; 1 Tbsp. dried cherries; 1/4 cup grapes; thawed cooked shrimp; 1 small can tuna; 3 or 4 olives, pitted and sliced; 1 small cup of chopped pineapple in juice, drained; 1 Tbsp. blue cheese crumbles, etc. I usually have 3 or 4 of the above add-ons and make sure I control the portions of these yummies, since they make the calories add up fast.

To top it off I add 2 Tbsp. of a low-fat salad dressing (I like raspberry vinagrette, ginger soy, Italian) and if I've got a few extra calories to enjoy some fat free croutons.

By this time my salad is huge, but the calorie count is till low. The salad is so big and crunchy, it takes me forever to eat, I'm full when I'm done and I'm tired of eating!

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I take a lot of salads to work,Imix it up with broccoli slaw,it gives crunch. I also use baby spinach & spring mix.

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i eat lots of salads and sometimes i throw cottage cheese on top instead of dressing but i alternate what i put in like walnuts berries grapes etc emoticon

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I have been eating the same type of salad for the past two and a half weeks and I was beginning to get bored. I'd put together romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes and a tablespoon of vinaigrette dressing. Sounds delicious doesn't it? I was following the strict diet plan but I was getting tired of it so I decided to try something different. I had some salsa and some ground turkey and tortilla chips. I made a low calorie taco salad. The key was 1/2 cup of ground turkey and limited to only 5 tortila chips. It was delicious. Give me some pointers of how else I can make a salad interesting. emoticon

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