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DRS510 Posts: 2,234
12/1/10 6:13 P

for taco salad, top with 1/4 c salsa, 2 T light sour cream and a baked tortilla, broken into pieces. Yum!

ELLEN0407 Posts: 2,037
12/1/10 8:11 A

i have this for lunch as often as possible. a large plate of mixed greens, cucumber, grape tomatoe, bout 6 black olives, 1/2 roasted red pepper, whatever leftover veg i have from night before, sometimes a 1/4 of an avacado diced and about 3 slices deli turkey or chicken. sometimes a 1/4 cup feta. i rarely use salad dressing. if i need it i just tried maple grove honey dijon wasabi. 2 tbl=40 cal. very good

DRS510 Posts: 2,234
11/30/10 7:50 P

I stick with low-carb. I do a lot of romaine lettuce, 1 1/2 c of mixed chopped vegies (carrots, peppers, cuc's, pickles - whatever you have). Add a tablespoon of cheese or chopped eggs and 1/2 c beans. add lf dressing. yum!

DEBORAHBROWN1 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/30/10 3:55 P

pasta is great in a salad as well!

I'll use elbow or the twisty kind - with the salad dressing, it's wonderful. I also, sometimes add cold potatoes. YUM!

Edited by: DEBORAHBROWN1 at: 11/30/2010 (15:55)
RUQAYYAH3 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/23/10 12:26 P

I just chop some tomatoes,cucumbers, and squeeze a lemon

RUNANDRUN SparkPoints: (52,584)
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11/21/10 4:58 P

I just keep a basic recipe and change up the details:
leafy green
sliced veggie and/or fruit
some cheese
something crunchy (nuts/seeds veggies tortilla strips, crushed crackers etc)
some protein (tuna, beans, tofu, chicken, salmon, eggs etc)
some salad dressing homemade or store bought (endless choices)
If I have a little left over of just about anything, it can usually go in a salad.

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11/14/10 3:36 P

Butter lettuce is my current favorite lettuce. I love to add Radicchio to most salads. Also, finely chopped broccoli, shredded carrots, mushrooms (just had Chanterelles on my lunch side salad), tomatoes (but only when in season), some bleu cheese crumbles for some zing. Ah, so many things one can do with salads.

11/14/10 2:27 P

Usually, I have a salad for lunch!

Things I always have in my salads:

* Spinach, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumber Slices

Things I add to make my salad more fun:

* 1/4-1/2 Avocado, Peppers, Broccoli Pieces, Snap Peas, Different types of roasted nuts, Lemon Pepper Chicken or Salmon


* Balsamic Vinegar & Sometimes some EVOO, Home made Greek, Feta and EVOO or, I just add some strawberries/blueberries and have no dressing!

It took me a while to eat a salad faithfully as I am not a real fan of lettuce. Good Luck!

BETHJ423 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/13/10 5:59 P

I have my standard salad made with romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, and english cucumber. For some extra flair I add goat cheese, cooked chicken breast and Craisins. Top with 2 tbls of my favorite olive oil dressing, and it's a great meal!

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11/1/10 2:26 P

Yum! Thanks for posting more great salad ideas! These really sound tasty! Now I will not be lost when I create my new concoctions!

MFLESCH Posts: 268
10/24/10 10:18 P

My 2 favorite combos, both on a bed of mixed greens:

chicken, apple, cheddar, and FF ranch

turkey, pear, feta and FF raspberry vinaigrette

BABYNURSE2000 Posts: 678
10/24/10 6:37 P

Spolani, I had two huge bags of sweet potatoes from someone's garden, and baked one in the micro, then chopped it into a salad. Had lettuce, boiled egg, sweet potato, celery, carrot, and low fat poppy seed dressing. A strange combo,but tasted great. Fun to see I'm not the only one who will throw anything in a salad!

RECIPE4ME Posts: 382
10/23/10 12:06 A

when I want a quick and healthy salad...
I pull lettuce into bite sized pcs, add half a chopped tomato, and any other veggie I have to add on top... serve with salsa as the dressing.

MIRANDA2526 Posts: 699
10/22/10 10:36 P

here's my favorite salad: spinach, grapes, pineapple, cucumber slices, garbanzo beans, plain yogurt, baby carrots, yellow peppers, hardboiled egg whites, a few dried cranberries, and a little kashigolean as "croutons." quite a combination, but lots of filling veggies and protein. the fruit and yogurt are substitutes for salad dressing, but their calories have more nutrition!

SPOLANI Posts: 446
10/22/10 8:39 P

I usually do a little olive oil, sea salt and black pepper on any type of vegetable and tastes amazing. Try mixing up things with different textures like a crunchy lettuce, some baked sweet potato and a juicy tomato. Sounds a little weird, but tastes amazing.

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10/17/10 5:04 P

Thanks for all the excellent suggestions! They all sound really tasty. I am sure to try the balsamic vinegar as a dressing, the strawberry salad, the greek type salad with chickpeas, and adding salmon to make a great meal. Thanks so much! I really appreciate your ideas emoticon

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10/9/10 8:46 P

My best method for turning a salad into a meal is adding sunflower or pumpkin seeds and feta or goat cheese for some protein.

I really like mixed lettuces with goat cheese, sunflower seeds and sliced pear (other fruits work well, as well as dried fruits, some kind of sweet counterpoint is the main thing).

I also do romaine with heirloom tomatoes, lowfat mozzarella and basil on top for a kind of caprese salad.

Leftover salmon (baked, grilled, poached) makes a great topping for a salad too, and adds in some protein to make it a real meal.

As for dressing, I usually go quite simple, olive oil and balsamic or champagne vinegar with salt and pepper. Sometimes if I want a really light dressing I use lemon juice in place of the vinegar. If I'm going super lazy for something bottled, I usually grab Brianna's brand. I totally hate the fat free salad dressing and think it's much preferable to just dress your salad lightly with the good stuff rather than drowning it in the chemical muck.

AJO051966 Posts: 7
10/9/10 8:25 P

I do a quick Spinach/Strawberry salad that my husband loves....I use fresh baby spinach (whole leaves), and chop up cucumbers, green peppers, mushrooms, and strawberry slices. I put pine nuts for crunch (or almond slices), dried cranberries, and a couple tablespoons of sesame seeds for a toasted flavor. All of these things are quick to grab and throw together...then I use a low-fat poppy seed goes well with fruits in a salad. YUM!

-POOKIE- Posts: 22,528
10/9/10 5:16 P

A good balsamic vinegar makes a great dressing, dont need anything else!

10/9/10 5:04 P

Put a handful of romaine in a bowl. Add some chopped bell pepper (I use red or yellow peppers), cucumber slices, chopped tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, and a handful of parsley. To make it a meal, add an ounce or two of feta cheese and a handful of chickpeas. For the dressing, juice a lemon. crush a garlic clove in with it, add a little olive oil, a little salt, and a little dry oregano. whisk it together and pour over your salad. Yum!

Edited by: SPARKLES-TODAY at: 10/9/2010 (17:05)
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10/9/10 2:15 P

Hi all,
I was wondering if you could share some of your favorite quick and unique salad ideas or dressing recipes? Or suggestions on how to turn a salad into a meal? I am trying to get more raw veggies in my diet, so any advice would be helpful! Thank you!

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