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How to Turn Salad into a Healthy, Filling Meal

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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
ADELEFAWCETT
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.
SANDSGIRL2
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.
ELLIEB123
4/9/2010 12:29:58 PM

Salsa as a salad dressing is very good. Use mild or spice, depending on your preference and ingredients.
4/9/2010 10:44:37 AM

CATE195's SparkPage
I have discovered this oil and vinegar specialty shop. You can go in and taste the different balsamic vinegars that they have in kegs. I purchased a blueberry and a strawberry balsamic. I add a few splashes with olive oil to my salad, umm good.
3/16/2010 12:33:00 AM

MASSAGEWIZARD's SparkPage
I like to make a mexican salad , i used to use grilled chicken with fajita seasoning but now im vegetarian so i just nix the chicken and use onions and peppers with salsa for the dressing. Its delish
3/9/2010 10:29:00 PM

BETHANN06's SparkPage
I love putting a small banana or pear in my salad. It's soo yummy!
2/17/2010 10:34:47 AM

SWEETTOOTH10's SparkPage
Also if I AM able to afford, I like some Grilled shrimp on most of the salads I Mentioned except the Waldorf salad.Other than that, I like grilled chicken.And occasionally like Marzetti's light chunky blue cheese dressing or Light ranch.
2/17/2010 10:28:48 AM

SWEETTOOTH10's SparkPage
I REALLY like the idea of using the juice from canned fruit in making salad dressing!Genius!Thanks for the idea about maple syrup too. I've been wanting to start making my own dressing.I like so many different kinds of salads.Greek salad with pepperoncini peppers, black olives, tomato,red onions, a little light feta, and light Greek vinaigrette, made with olive oil, or a light Caesar dressing.. A Mesclun salad mix or spinach w/ Gorgonzola, or goat cheese,Carrots, shredded red cabbage , onions, and tomatoes, with balsamic vinaigrette , MMMM! A Waldorf salad with apples , and a few chopped walnuts And craisins is good too.Thanks for the great healthy salad ideas!
SEWSON58
1/26/2010 2:04:02 PM

One of my favorite toppings for some of my salads is Ortega Taco Sauce. It is low in fat, carbs, and sugar which makes it a great choice for diabetics. And it really does taste great.
HHI0901
1/21/2010 7:59:29 PM

My favorite way to make salad is to take whatever I can find and throw it together on a pile of spinach and/or romaine. My favorite toppings include:
-Fiber One
-apples
-baby carrots
-broccoli
-cucumber
-tuna mixed with lite mayo or cottage cheese (this sounds gross but isn't bad!)
-grape tomatoes
-chicken breast cooked on the stove in lite italian dressing

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