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Satisfying Salads

Anyone have any good salad recipes? I feel like salad is a punshiment sometimes and then splurge by putting on a high-fat dressing like thousand island or bleu cheese. I might as well eat a cheeseburger for all the calories and fat in salad dressing! Any good ideas for low-cal, tasty salads?

Tue. Feb 28, 10:50am

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Good Seasons makes an Asian Sesame dressing that I adore. It's not low cal per say but a little goes a long way. I like it with spinach, big cucumber pieces, and a few mandarin oranges.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 11:07 AM

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Annie's Naturals (?) has a lot of natural dressings.
I love the red pepper vinagrette (it's sweet peppers, not hot). :-)
Plus, they are mostly organic as well.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 11:49 AM

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I get a large garden salad from Burger king and add one packet of lemon pepper tuna with cheese and garlic dressing (I think it's Fantastico brand?) I can barely finish the salad b/c it's so filling and I'm getting protein and lots of veggies and a little cheese.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 11:57 AM

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You'll be hard pressed to put in more than 200 calories worth of lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber, mushroom, peppers, carrots, etc. to start with.

- put salad and dressing in a container with a lid and shake it well. 2 TBSP will coat everything and that could be 15-200 calories more.

- Paul Newman's dressings are fab and he makes many light versions.

- try "non-salad" veggies: asparagus, green beans, sugar snap peas.

- add fresh dill, basil or chives (no calories, tons of flavor)

- add a pinch of nuts, raisins, pears or apples for a sweet treat

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 12:17 PM

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McDonald's Cobb Salad with grilled chicken. So so good, cheap, not too bad for you. The crispy chicken is also very yummy, wonder how many more calories that is...

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 12:21 PM

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My roommate and I, in college, used to go to the salad bar and not touch the lettuce. We'd fill our bowls with everything else there, the yummy veggies, baby corn, beans, etc. So yummy!

Now, my favorite salad is spinach leaves with chick peas, black beans, feta cheese, mushrooms, black olives, and walnuts, with light raspberry vinaigrette on the side. I get it at just about every "make your own salad" place. Sometimes I add chopped hardboiled egg too. I order my salads "chopped," so everything is bite-sized and mixed together, but get the dressing on the side so I can control how much of it I eat.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 3:26 PM

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i roast some cubed buttternut squash in the oven at 400degrees till tender
(sprinkle a little cinnamon and pepper on top before cooking and spray cookie sheet w/ a nonstick spray or use some olive oil)
then i toss a few walnuts, apple pieces and craisins or raisins on top of a bed of my favorite greens (i like arugula or red leaf lettuce!) and throw a couple of tablespoons of the butternut squash on too. for dressing i just whisk some olive oil and balsamic vinegar w/ salt and pepper or herbs together. sure this all takes a little time, but i sit down w/ a salad that is healthy, tasty, filling AND satisfying!

andrea q

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 3:57 PM

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OP here -- the problem is that my salad bar at work is severely lacking. Not only that, the veggies aren't even that good... I hate when they blanch the broccoli!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:20 PM

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Could you speak with the manager of the cafeteria or wherever it is you work at about making changes to the salad bar content? Maybe find someone else who has similar complaints. This is a business so in theory they should care what their customers think.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:43 PM

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add more veggies to your saladI. I'll occasionally make a shredded salad- shredded brocolli stalks, shredded carrot, shredded turnip, little shredded red cabbage, shredded kohlrabi, and tomatoes cuz I add tomatoes to everything... so healthy. But just add different veggies. Sweet peppers, turnip or rutabaga, radishes, spinach, collards, red onion, kale, variety makes it feel less like punihsment.

I never eat salad without a serving of protein though. And I usually make my own dressings. You can add olive oil or almond oil, and a little lemon juice. Then add whatever seasonings you want- roasted red peppers, green peppers, sundried tomato, or raspberries, sesame seeds, almonds, basil oregano, turmeric- soooo many different options. Throw what you want in a blender and ta-da. Preservative free. Don't forget, if using canola, almond or olive oil, the fat is waaaay different than the fat in a cheeseburger. Not all fats, and not all calories are created equal.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:58 PM

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