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How to Turn Salad into a Healthy, Filling Meal

Build a Better Salad!

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8/12/2012 2:32:23 PM

WRITINGDIVA1's SparkPage
Cottage cheese yes. Apple sauce - yech! I hate fruit in my salads.

I make a homemade dressing that I learned from my aunt while visiting her in France. Olive oil, vinegar, mustard to bind, a little salt and pepper. Yummy! I haven't bought Salad dressing since that time (1994). Sometimes, I substitute lemon juice and on occasion grapefruit juice.
3/21/2012 9:43:06 PM

ME40ME's SparkPage
Great suggestions! My son loves olive oil, a little honey and some salt and pepper
AJONES867
2/25/2012 2:56:49 PM

Try squeezing lemon,sprinkle better Stevia sugar(sugar substitute),little salt and pepper very delicious!!!
10/14/2011 9:46:50 AM

CAROLEE1945's SparkPage
My mom was diagnosed with gall bladder trouble and did not want to have an operation. She switched to lemon juice on the salad, hard candies for sweets, basically no fats. And wow, not only did she lose weight, but she never did need the operation.
5/19/2011 8:19:34 PM

CAROLJ35's SparkPage
I remember when Gov. Huckabee lost a lot of weight he said he used Salsa as a salad topping. For myself, I make my own to keep calories and sodium very low. It can be found in SP Recipes called "Dip, Potato Topping, or Salad Topping".
4/20/2011 2:15:28 PM

MSCRIGLER's SparkPage
Applesauce is a great idea. Who'd thunk? I have to try that...
3/18/2011 8:00:46 PM

GEEKYME's SparkPage
What would be a good substitute for Ranch Dressing? I love it and Cottage Cheese isn't a good substitute for the flavor.
3/18/2011 1:30:25 PM

DREAMMIIND22's SparkPage
My take on salads did a complete 360 change a few years ago. I don't crave creamy dressings any more. I now instead use an Olive Oil Dressing or make my own using Olive Oil, Vinegar, Yellow Mustard, Salt & Pepper. I use to just "drench" my greens in dressing. And I soon realized, "Hey it's not a salad anymore". So what I do now is I spoon just 2TBS on to my salads and that enough. Sometimes, I'll have dressing on the side of my plate in a little bowl and I'll dip my fork in the dressing then have my greens. Salad is a complete meal by itself! :)
3/18/2011 9:50:03 AM

PRANA_DANCER's SparkPage
When I ate a McDonald's I used to get the Grilled Southwester salad and it comes with a lime. One day I thought, "Well it comes with it, someone thinks it might go with it" and squeezed the juice out on it instead of using the salad dressing. It was amazing!
3/13/2011 10:51:15 PM

MISSYGEEN's SparkPage
I thought the article was nice but the suggestions are even better. I eat salad a lot and people ask me do I get bored with salad, truthfully I have not so far and with the comments and suggestions here I don't think I'll get bored any time soon. Thanks guys!
3/13/2011 8:18:00 PM

KAPELAKIN's SparkPage
For those of us who love the creamy dressings, it's really easy to make your own, lower-fat version that will taste way better than any low-fat store-bought stuff. Use non-fat yogurt and lowfat sour cream, and mix them up with a Hidden Valley Ranch powdered packet if you like the bottled ranch flavor. Or you can mix in blue cheese, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, various herbs and spices. This is a breeze with an immersion blender, but this tool is not necessary to make your own dressings. Non-fat feta cheese is also a great salad topping, and is quite nice with just a tiny bit of olive oil, some apple cider vinegar, and pepper. A few crumbles of a sharp blue cheese can go a long way in terms of giving lots of flavor for just a few calories. To stretch the dressing, I mix it into the slaw that we always put on our salads, I then toss the slaw with the rest of the salad and the dressing gets evenly distributed without using too much.
3/13/2011 7:58:29 PM

GABENSEBSMOM's SparkPage
Good ideas! I have used lime juice on salads, and it's very tasty. I love using salsa on salads. It only adds about 10 calories for a 2 tbsp serving.
3/13/2011 2:38:41 PM

ROBINRC1's SparkPage
Its all about learning to be creative. Thanks for the great ideas!
3/13/2011 1:43:22 PM

LOLAINSC's SparkPage
I learned about using lemon juice as a salad dressing in Weight Watchers and just loved it. I was eating salads daily and then my all my teeth started to hurt. So Warning: beware of using undiluted lemon juice too often--it can ruin your enamel. Some people's enamel is more vulnerable than others.
1/26/2011 1:54:48 PM

VALLEYSGIRL's SparkPage
I bought a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, pushed in lemon wedges, garlic and fresh herbs and I use a small drizzle of this over my salads. You only need a tiny amount but the flavours really come out. I've had it ages and there's still hardly any gone. Makes salads taste nice. :-)

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