Recipes – Salads With Interesting Dressings

Salads can be healthy, satisfying meals on their own or perfect accompaniments to main dishes.

Going for salads is a super-convenient and interesting way to work in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit. There are so many diverse salad options available in market for you to pick and choose. And you can make a green salad at home in 5 minutes, armed with a bag of pre-washed salad greens, a few carrots or other veggies, nuts, and a bottle of light salad dressing.

Salads are cool, crunchy, and fun to eat as you can experiment with flavours. You can customize them to include the fruits and vegetables that appeal to you the most, and whichever ones you have on hand.

In fact almonds do not just make a healthy snack; they’re a great addition to salads, as well.

A combination of this nut with some healthy salads can definitely be your saving grace while racing through a busy day. A handful of almonds is considered to be a great choice as they are

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Can You Eat Fast Food Salads on Medifast?

I sometimes have people who contact me and ask if it’s permissible or if you’re allowed to eat a carefully chosen fast food salad as your “lean and green” medifast meal. I occasionally do this and I find it to be perfectly acceptable in a pinch. The key though is to select very wisely. Some fast food salads are quite diet friendly and some load you down with as much calories and fat as a hamburger and fries from the same restaurant. I will take a closer look at this (and tell you which offerings I like) in the following article.

Keep In Mind What Medifast’s “Lean And Green” Criteria Is When Choosing Your Fast Food Salad: When making your selection, you’ll want to remember exactly what you’re looking for. The daily “lean and green meal” is made up of 5 ounces of lean protein and three servings of low glycemic vegetables. A salad can accomplish this wonderfully, but only if you choose one that ha

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Eating More Salad Is Savory to the Palate and a Valid Source of Vitamins and Fiber

Salads are a great way for beginning any lunch or dinner meal. I find that due to cold and allergy season, I am less drawn to cold foods and more drawn to comfort foods. SO, what do I do? I entertain different ways of making salads more of a comfort food to appease the taste of me and my family that are still creative, comforting and healthy! I also find ways of adding fruit to my salad, whenever feasible, to increase my daily intake of fruits, grains and fiber.

Hi folks, Yes, I know, rabbit food, salads are not your first choice. BUT, OH, if your salad had a voice, it would be telling you about all the healthy fiber, vitamins and roughage that is great for your digestion. Daily requirements of vegetables, fruits and grains combined in so many ways makes food more vitamin and mineral complete, and pleasing to the palate-at best! Pick and choose a salad that is both sweet and savory to the palate- SATIATE YOUR TASTE DESIRES. Salads are a sweet way of eating more fruits and gra

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Salads: A Great Addition To Any Meal

Salad: A Bowl of Health and Happiness

Salads today are full of flavor, not a bowl of wilted lettuce, over ripe tomatoes and little else. Salads today are full color, appetizing, full of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are appropriate for all occasions. You can create a salad for a family dinner, a light lunch or a dinner party. Salad can actually be your main course. The creation of salads is limitless. If you can dream it, you can create it.

Salads today can be prepared any time of year. They can be as simple or as complex as you like. Salads can be the main course by adding meat, seafood or poultry along with your greens, vegetables, nuts, fruit and cheese. Salads will fit very easily into you meal plans. As you get into the habit of adding Salads to your menu planning you will discover you are searching for the ingredients to the next type of salad you desire to place on your table.

In this day and age we are being encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetabl

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Easy Summer Salads, Lighter Foods For A Brighter Summer

Easy summer salads are the way to go, now that the winter blues are fading into the distance and salad days are here. The best salads are light, bright and easy to prepare.

Who wants to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen when friends are round for lunch, the garden is in bloom and the wine is chilled and ready to pour. But before you start to cook you can save a lot of energy by buying the right ingredients. That way you don’t need the heavy bottled sauces and dressings to make a great flavor. After all you don’t want to take a beautiful crisp summer salad and soak it in a mixture of fat, sugar, salt and chemicals do you?

If you start off with great food and don’t do too much to them you don’t need all these strong tastes. All you need is to combine it well so that the flavors work together, have a nice crunchy texture and add a little light dressing to set it all off. Let the taste buds do the rest Freshness is, as in all cooking, the way

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Salads with Whole Grains and Fruit

Cooked wild rice, barley, brown rice or other whole grains make wonderful salads when combined with fruits, vegetables and seasonings. Here are four recipes to get you started. Experiment with your own combinations and favorite flavors; it’s hard to go wrong!

Wild Rice Fruit Salad

2 cups cooked wild rice

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped

1 cup seedless grapes

1 bunch green onions, sliced

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

2 T. lemon juice

1 t. curry powder

1/2 cup no-fat mayonnaise, or enough to moisten grains

Combine all ingredients and chill.

4 servings

Cuban Mango Salad

1 small sweet onion, chopped

2 mangoes, peeled and chopped

1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups cooked, chilled brown rice or barley

1/2 cup chopped cilantro or Italian parsley

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 teaspoon ground

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Summer Recipes: 3 Healthy Grilled Salads That You Need to Try Now

Salads serve as the perfect appetizer for any main course. So if you’re planning a meat-heavy barbecue, you can depend on a fresh salad to stir your appetite just right. They’re light yet filling and they’re the perfect snack for a hot summer day. Try something new and enjoy a healthy grilled salad out in your backyard instead of the usual tossed kind!

Here are 3 healthy grilled salads you need to try the next time you light up your grill:

1. Corn-mato Delight

What you need:

  • 6 ears yellow corn
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Place the corn on a lightly oiled grill. Cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, for at least 12 minutes or until corn is tender. Set aside and allow to cool. When ready, s

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Delicious Salads To Pair With Your Grilled Steak

Salads are the perfect appetizer or side for grilled meat. It doesn’t just add colors to the menu, but also adds nutrition to your meal. Not only that, they’re also quick and easy to prepare while your meat is cooking on the grill. Give your next grilled steak meal an instant upgrade with any of these delicious salads!

Light and Easy Green Salad

What you need:

For the dressing:

  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 fine sea salt
  • 1/4 freshly-cracked black pepper

For the salad:

  • 1 cucumber, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup spring greens mix
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

To prepare the dressing, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sea salt and b

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4 Refreshing Seafood Salads That You Will Love

If you like adding a bit of protein to your salad greens but still want something light, seafood is the perfect choice. Adding a few chunks of fish or a few pieces of shrimp to your greens with a light dressing will result to a light and refreshing meal!

Here are 4 refreshing seafood salads you’ll love:

Shrimply Refreshing Salad

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilogram large shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Place the cooked shrimp, eggs, carrot celery and onion in a large salad bowl. Add mayonnaise and gently toss to mix ingredients well. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Fresh Lobsterrific Salad

What you need:

3 Must Try Fresh Salads For A Healthy Meal

A green salad is a perfect go-to meal when you’re in the mood for something in between – a meal that’s not too light but not too heavy either. It is easy to prepare and you can choose what dressing to use according to your current mood.

If you’re in the mood for something refreshing yet easy to prepare for your next meal, here are 3 green salad recipes to try:

Mint Greens Mix

What you need:

  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup sliced avocado
  • 1 cup sliced cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon mint apple jelly
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

In a medium bowl, combine vegetable oil, mint apple jelly, white wine vinegar and garlic to make the dressing. Divide spinach leaves, avocado and cantaloupe between 2 s

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