I love Greek salads: Romaine, tomatoes, cucumber (seeded), Kalamata olives, thinly sliced red onion, and feta cheese crumbles. Add chicken for protein. My favorite dressing is a blend of Italian, Caesar and Peppercorn Ranch (a riff on the house dressing at a local Italian restaurant).
Fitness Minutes: (20,821)
3/4/12 11:13 P
I started thinking about the "nutritional value" of lettuce..... and switched to all spinach for my "green." I have one of those funky Pampered Chef lettuce cutters and I cut the spinach into small pieces... I eat one salad every day, and so far not bored.... It is my fiber, my veggies, my "filler-up" thing. I add radishes, tomatoes, mushrooms, celery, garlic, sometimes other famous stuff: green peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli.... there are so many good veggies raw, that the options are really endless. Then I add 1 whole egg and 3-4 egg whites for my protein...
Fitness Minutes: (11,285)
3/2/12 10:28 A
I like to make three bean salad and use it in various ways: by itself or on top of other salads. Also, red beet salad and use the same way, just for a variety of salads or salad toppings. In summer when it is too hot to cook I often prepare a salad bar: a bowl of lettuce, celery and carrots, then a lazy susan with black olives, hard boiled eggs, shredded cheese, garbanzo beans, thinly sliced onion, etc. This is always a hit served with Italian bread or any bread of your liking.
Fitness Minutes: (22,290)
2/15/12 11:04 P
I keep a basic mix of salad on hand: Iceberg, romaine, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes and cucumbers. I usually have it for lunch and just add to it: grilled salmon or chicken, oranges, tuna, any kind of beans, chili, and I'll add things like spinach, onion, zucchini, when I want them. I often use leftovers from the night before and have also cooked egg whites to use as my protein.
Fitness Minutes: (379)
2/15/12 9:50 A
For me, it's mixing the flavor of the greens with the protein and "fillers".
I love a spinach salad with crumbles of light blue cheese (or the skinny cow blue cheese blended with vinegar for a dressing, 35 calories for a hunk o'cheese), dried cranberries or cherries, finely diced red onions & cukes, a tablespoon of crushed nuts, and some broccoli florets.
Nice crisp romaine pairs well with tuna or chicken salad, fresh halved grapes & cherry tomatoes, a dash of fresh or dried oregano.
Mixed greens call for salsa, well rinsed black beans, maybe some grilled chicken, and cilantro.
Fitness Minutes: (14,994)
1,562 2/15/12 3:06 A
An idea that works great is to keep a bunch of salad bar-type ingredients in a specific set of refrigerator containers (Tupperware, Lock&Lock, etc.) that you use just for your "salad bar."
You can boost the flavor and nutrients of lettuce by adding:
Fun add-ins to go with your salad staples (celery, tomatoes, etc.):
sprouts dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, sour cherries, raisins, golden raisins, strawberries) fresh fruit (mandarin oranges, apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mangos) dried veggies (crunchy and better for you than croutons) olives--black and green marinated mushrooms marinated artichoke hearts marinated or baked tofu
Nuts add protein and crunch:
sliced or slivered almonds pistachios pecans walnuts pine nuts
Have fun with your salads and let us know your favorite combinations!
Fitness Minutes: (855)
2/14/12 9:59 P
Need ideas on different salads i can make with each meal i absolutely love salads thanks
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