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How to Turn Salad into a Healthy, Filling Meal

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4/12/2013 11:50:29 AM

CATE195's SparkPage
The reason for salad dressing (with it's fat content) on salad is that the body needs fat in order to metabolize all the nutrients of the vegetables. So I usually try to mix a little olive oil with something interesting, balsamic vinegar, spicy brown mustard, etc
3/19/2013 1:18:03 PM

LESA13's SparkPage
My friend from mexico made this for me awhile back and it was yummy. Take an avocado, 1 tbsp milk and a jalopeno pepper (for flavor) blend till creamy. You can adjust it to the thickness and spiciness you like.
10/11/2012 5:44:39 AM

ALOZEE's SparkPage
I always add a cut up apple to my salad, but shall now try adding mandarin oranges for a change.
8/16/2012 11:28:56 AM

ZOEYBLU's SparkPage
Great article !
8/12/2012 2:32:23 PM

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
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

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

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

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

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.

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