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How to Turn Salad into a Healthy, Filling Meal

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    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.
  • Thanks...I love salads....
  • good article
    I love salad , have one everyday for lunch....
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
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    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.
  • I love salads but sadly have a problem eating them in the winter months. I love this article because it gave me some ideas of how to keep from being hungry an hour after I eat by dressing with healthy protein packed things I love (like Hummus) which I had never thought about for salads before but is going to be my new salad staple, less stinky than boiled eggs at work. Love sunflower seeds in my salads but only when I am at restaurant but am going to incorporate as well. I am happy I don't like so much salad dressing like I used to and I don't really like pre-bottled, I make my own. Got a great Salad Dressing Recipe from Trisha Yearwood's show on TV Food Network (Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Chopped Garlic Cloves, Salt & Pepper) I don't have the precise measurements but I make equal parts and love that the Garlic Cloves can't come out through the spout of my salad dressing Cruet so its a very flavorful dressing. Just enough to coat the greens.
  • I LOVE my salads. Tips for the people who said it gets really expensive buying all the extras for salads...if you are just getting the produce for one or two people and like lots of variety, try going to one of the salad bar buffets or the salad bars at your local grocery store and filling up your container with all the extras. They usually charge by the pound so put the stuff in there that are the pricier items...such as your cauliflower, broccoli, seeds/nuts, zucchini, etc. Buy your own lettuce and carrots and celery since those are typically cheaper salad ingredients and you can eat the carrots and celery as snacks with hummus you get from the salad bar! Also when you like dressing but don't want to go overboard (I like my full fat ranch and my olive garden italian), measure out the amount but use kitchen tongs to toss everything together in a big bowl. Tossing really does ensure you get dressing on every bite and I find I can always use much less dressing than if I just pour it on my salad and don't toss well. Happy eating!
  • A very long time ago, while at college, I used to have the cook put the spaghetti sauce over my lettuce salad, partly because the pasta (which I love normally) was not that tasty and the salad itself was nothing to write home about, but together it wasn't half bad and cut bunches of calories. I also didn't care much for their salad dressings so I found this a winner for me.
  • Maybe this will bring me back to making salads again. I got really scared reading about the contaminated bagged salads, and putting my own salads together was out of this world expensive. For some reason produce is crazy expensive here. I dreamily recall the days when I used to dig in to salads every day.

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