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How to Turn Salad into a Healthy, Filling Meal

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I never know what to put in salads but one of my favs is the Waldorf with its Apple, walnut lettuce and celery. Simple but great. Report
Good favorite salad is ANY salad that someone else makes...tee hee!! Report
I mix my dressing first in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Light olive oil (measured) and red wine vinegar.
Whisk so it's emulsified. I shred 1 garlic clove ( or 2 if you like it) and some good fresh ground pepper.
Then I add my torn greens and some times add cannellini beans. For an extra zip I add a couple of tablespoons of chopped Kalamata olives.
I'm a little concerned about your idea for poached eggs on top of a salad, with the yolks runny enough to be used as a dressing. While it may be fine for them to do that in Europe, it is not okay in America, because here in America our hens are NOT inoculated against the salmonella virus, like they are in the EU. Not only that, they estimate that nearly every chicken in America now has the virus. Please be aware! If you can't handle a bout with salmonella, due to whatever health conditions you've got going on, you might want to give those runny eggs a pass!

Also, to respond to the lady who says long articles are no longer current, you are wrong! It's on you if you can't handle a two-page article, lady. Other people want to use their brains! This could have been five pages long! And included salad dressing recipes! It's all good. Don't try to limit other people options on reading material like that. It's not cool to say learning is out of style. Report
I see the article is five years old. This may explain why is it so long. THESE DAYS WE NEED every info digested, from political, to makeup etc. The article is very informative, but much of the info is already known by members of this group.Suggestions that will stimulate our imagination and creativity will be more appreciated than step by step recipes. I do thank the author for her very hard work, thanks
Good article. I find it fun to get creative with salads. There are so many ways to mix it up. I also found that if I tried just putting a "healthy" dressing on top, I was dreading eating my salad. So now I measure out a serving of a creamy dressing that I enjoy and just make room in my daily calorie count for it. Eating all those healthy veggies AND enjoying them, is way more important to me than trying to salvage a few calories for something I don't like. It's all about personal choices and what keeps us going. Report
Good advice. Report
Thanks...I love salads.... Report
good article
I love salad , have one everyday for lunch.... Report
I don't use a lot of greens because they usually get left behind, people tend to eat the toppings off and eat some greens but I've never seen anyone eat a whole salad in my life, and I'm in my seventies! Greens are like eating nothing and leave you empty feeling. I'd rather put veggies into a stir fry or cook spinach than eat a bowl full of green leaves. Report
Good article. I love assembling salads--different each time I make one--and so pretty with al the colors. I tend to buy quite a few veggies to use in both salads and stir frys so I always have a variety to choose from for both. Since I have been eatingmore veggies and fruits, I don't seem to have as much waste as I used to. I make myself a salad for at least 2 meals a week and stir frys at least another two. I really like blue cheese crumbles for their strong flavor and an ounce doesn't have that many calories. The salad bar idea is a good one, but I'd rather have my veggies fresh and cut them up myself. I do have to trave a ways to get fresh veggies--but I do that shopping once a week and sometimes once every two weeks. Report
I really enjoy a nice salad with all sorts of healthy options either for lunch or dinner and I am always quite satisfied after eating it. Adding some protein and fat to the salad makes it even more filling and healthy for me too. Now with all the fresh veggies that are available my kitchen is really well stocked . We have a farm stand that is maybe 6 miles from the house and we go there every Friday until they close in the Autumn to stock up for the week. So much tastier when it is that fresh, and easier than in the winter when I have to pick up all my veggies at the grocery store and try to keep them fresh for 2 weeks until we can go shopping again. Report
Back when I was doing salads more (I'm getting back to that now); I put anything in a salad. If I was making something for family (healthy of course, I don't mean cheetos or anything), I would top my greens with it and add some veggies. Voila! I'm not making two meals. Report
Great article, and ADGIRL below had a great suggestion. My problem is buying all the "extras" because I buy too much and they end up going bad for just 1 - 2 people. i like the idea and convenience of buying things from the salad bar. I am trying that next time! Report
I have salads at least 5 times a week and I am never hungry, or constipated and the homemade dressings are limitless; oil and vinegar are a staple but add nuts in a food processer, or orange juice (fresh), apple, carrot, lemon, ginger, avocado (remarkable guac salad dressing.) I have fun with my blender, juicer and food processer everyday. Report

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