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How to Turn Salad into a Healthy, Filling Meal

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2/17/2009 7:10:52 AM

CCKELLY3's SparkPage
I'm surprised you don't mention salsa as a substitue, or a drizzling of really good balasamic vinegar (not a vinagrette) with a dash of sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and a dash of garlic or onion powder to give it zip.

Another trick I like to do, when I'm really craving a creamy salad dressing--and I've read that you need a certain amount of fat mixed in with a salad for your body to absorb and utilize the antioxidants fully---is to mix 1 tablespoon of blue cheese or ranch with a Tbs of milk and then stirring it into a quarter cup of nonfat cottage cheese, or using feta instead, and stirring it together then pouring that over my salad.
1/14/2009 2:25:58 PM

Adding a fresh fruit & a fresh herb really adds extra flavour!
1/14/2009 2:09:48 AM

I like to crumble a little low fat feta on my salads when I want that salty, creamy taste, and only adds 60 calories per ounce. The fat-free doesn't seem to work as well, IMHO. 1/2 to 1 ounce of feta on a salad goes a VERY long way. I even splurge on the stronger tasting, gourmet fetas at the store, and use even less on my salads.

You can also mix it into fatfree sour cream or cottage cheese with some cracked pepper and/or favorite spices, and maybe grated cucumber, if you just have to have a creamy dressing. Comes out low fat, and adds some protein as well.
12/16/2008 7:36:44 AM

I make a light homemade dressing with a SMALL amt 100 percent virgin olive oil, garlic red wine vinegar (3 parts vinegar to 1 part olive oil), a scored garlic clove, a small packet of Splenda (to cut the acidity of the vinegar), and whatever herbs in whatever quantity I want. I place in a small glass jar with a lid and shake well to incorporate and then leave marinate over night. I shake before using and only put a small amount on my salad. Loads of flavor in just a small amount!
10/19/2008 7:56:04 PM

FAVORSMR's SparkPage
I have always loved fruits on my salads. They add a little something extra to spice it up, especially for those of us who eat salads often.
10/17/2008 11:54:43 AM

Everyone has some really good suggestions. Thanks alot I wiil try them
10/12/2008 7:40:19 AM

MOMMA2X6's SparkPage
I mix a commerically available "fresh" salsa with low fat cottage cheese.
9/4/2008 11:29:51 PM

I throw a few raisins on my salad and it makes it soooo tasty! I don't even put that many on, approximately 10. But when you get one or two in a bite, you can really taste them!
9/4/2008 11:29:40 PM

I throw a few raisins on my salad and it makes it soooo tasty! I don't even put that many on, approximately 10. But when you get one or two in a bite, you can really taste them!
8/29/2008 3:11:45 PM

I found a great trick for making low-fat vinegarete. Open a can of garbanzo beans and drain the thick liquid out, use this instead oil for a tasty yet healthy vinegarette. This isn't my idea, I read someone suggest this on Vegsource and it works great. If you like garbanzos on your salad you are probably opening a can already.
8/21/2008 7:44:41 PM

I had trully not though 'fruit' a topping for Salads that weren't Fruit Salads! Raisins,Cranberries,Nuts (my fav) can truly turn the 'boring' into something interesting!
8/21/2008 5:16:06 PM

CAROLJ35's SparkPage
Speaking of Salad toppings, I submitted a great recipe called "Dip or Potato Topping" that is excellent on your salad. Very low calorie, low sodium and easy to make.
8/21/2008 4:24:13 PM

CAROLJ35's SparkPage
I like a dash of plain balsamic vinegar, either brown or white. Also caught on to the salsa idea when Gov. Huckabee said that is what helped him lose weight.
(Do your men use a LOT of dressing on their salads. Mine do.)
6/25/2008 9:19:03 PM

Salsa (check the sodium count to choose lower) is a great salad topping. I don't use anything else since I discovered how great it tastes. I also take a few baked tostito chips and crumble them up under the salsa for some crunch. Add some fat free cheese and you have a wonderful salad with a Mexican flair.
6/19/2008 6:16:44 PM

first thing i do when i make a salad is sprinkle a sweet and low over it.then i add a small amount of olive oil and vinegar or italian dressing. the sweetness takes away the sour tang of the vinegar! and you'll need less oil!

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