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How to Turn Salad into a Healthy, Filling Meal

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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.
3/13/2011 7:58:29 PM

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

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

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. :-)
1/26/2011 10:02:56 AM

TURTALYA's SparkPage
I ask for the salad dressing "on the side" in a separate container, dip my fork in it, then load the salad on the fork. This method greatly minimizes the calories from the dressing, but gives you all the taste. Works very well especially for the higher calorie dressings!
1/26/2011 8:34:23 AM

I find that if I'm really careful with my portion sizes, I can still use all my favorite dressings - blue cheese, greek vinaigrette, etc. I'm fortunate that I don't like to drown my salad in dressing - a little dressing will go a long way for me.
1/10/2011 12:38:23 PM

Another great way to top a salad and add extra protein (vegetarians, listen up!) is to use hummus as a salad dressing. I make my own hummus with little or no oil, so it's guilt free and gives the salad a satisfying "creamy" flavor.
12/30/2010 8:14:02 PM

DRB13_1's SparkPage
short & sweet - thanks!
I also like pine nuts, artichoke hearts, heart of palm on salads... but not so much an olive fan.
12/3/2010 12:33:02 PM

I am guessing that when people say to put salsa on a salad, they are referring to a red or tomato-based salsa. I'd like to suggest using green or tomatillo salsa. It is great on salads and also on baked potatoes. My favoritie is using green salsa on a baked potato filled with grilled chicken. No other condiments required! :)
10/18/2010 8:49:33 AM

SEAWAVE's SparkPage
Spinach, strawberries, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette - Yum!
6/19/2010 10:04:24 AM

Little is said about Z-trim, a fat replacement made from corn. It has zero fat, and makes an excellent fat substitute in salad dressings. I use it with fruit vinegar to dress spinach and apple salad, and nobody knows the difference. I mail order it straight from the company, and hope it becomes available locally soon. (I don't find it a good replacement in baked goods, but am avoiding them anyway.)
5/13/2010 11:16:07 AM

KMICHA's SparkPage
I like just plain Balsamic Vinegar (no oil, just a couple of Tbsps) and the Raspberry Balsamic is very good on a salad this way too.

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