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How to Turn Salad into a Healthy, Filling Meal

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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.
4/20/2010 5:50:00 PM

LQUEST4754's SparkPage
Please don't overlook salsa as a low calorie salad dressing! It can be quite tasty for a change of pace!
4/11/2010 1:55:24 PM

KITT52's SparkPage
a chopped apple is really good in your salad
4/11/2010 11:08:02 AM

VINGRAM's SparkPage
I use Walden Farms ZERO anything on my salads. Best guess is it is ground up plastic.......but it's actually pretty good! vista
4/11/2010 10:33:34 AM

I always add mint sauce to my salad. Very tasty and no calories.
4/10/2010 8:02:04 PM

MAREYD's SparkPage
In Milwaukee, we've been introduced to some new dressings. One is Marie's Yogurt dressing. So far they have ranch and bleu cheese,that I know of .I have the ranch, which is 70 calories per 2 tbsp. The label says it's all natural; no preservatives or msg, no artificial colors or flavors, and there's "no trans fat per serving." There's another brand of yogurt dressing that was just intro'd last week, Bolthouse Farms. I have the caeser parmigiano dressing, which has 80 calories per 2 tbsp. I also saw honey mustard, and ranch. It has the same claims on their labels: all natural, etc. I wonder if they're made by the same company.

I've found both brands of dressing to be delicous. To me, they don't have that "off" taste that light dressing has. These will be the only light brands I buy from now on.
4/10/2010 1:51:26 PM

I often mix 1/2 regular salad dressing with 1/2 lowfat or fat-free sour cream. You get the creamy flavor, more dressing, but less fat and calories!
4/9/2010 4:16:40 PM

SHINAKO's SparkPage
I'd love to try some of the suggestions on here! What I've been doing lately, instead of my go-to dressing (ranch), is use a handful of shredded cheese, or just a couple shakes of dry Parmesan. Not as healthy as fruit, but not as deadly as ranch, either.

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