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Salad ingredients- suggestions needed!

I am eating at least one large salad a day and am getting bored with the same old ingredients. I usually do a combo of greens (baby romaine, arugula, spinach, microgreens) and something else (bell peppers, carrots, artichoke hearts.)

Any good suggestions?


Wed. Mar 29, 6:11pm

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I've sometimes added fruit like mandarin oranges or pineapple chunks. It gives it quite a bit of flavor (sweet) and moisture. I also like different flavors of croutons although they really don't serve much purpose as far as nutritional value goes.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 6:22 PM

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I like everything: cucumbers, black olives, mushrooms, kidney beans, water chesnuts (especially with a seasame ginger dressing), snap peas, corn, etc... maybe try different salad dressings to excite your palette!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 6:38 PM

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This is my fav!
Mixed spring greens
diced shallots
toasted nuts (like pinenuts, cashews, soynuts)
sometimes I add smoked salmon if I have some

Dressing:
good olive oil
vinegar (balsalmic or riesling)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 6:40 PM

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Oh, I add a corn & black bean salsa-- homemade

Do a search here-- I posted on the site a while back!

it is high in protein because of the beans and so yummy I can eat it without anything else! :-)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 6:47 PM

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My favorite salad

This is my favorite salad:
Dark green leaves (like Romaine and spinach or a spring mix
Blue cheese crumbled-- a little bit goes a LONG way-- very flavorful
1 T. craisins that are cherry flavored (dried cranberries)
1-2 T. toasted almonds
Newman's lite raspberry walnut dressing is delicious!

If I have some extra calories I also throw in 1/4 of a package of the dry ramen noodles. Adds a little extra crunch!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 7:34 PM

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Pears, granny smith apples and walnuts

Raspberries and almond slivers

Mandarin oranges, water chestnuts, chow mein noodles and a sesame dressing

Salsa, maybe 1/4 of an avocado cubed and a few tortilla chips broken up



Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 7:58 PM

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spring mix
red grapes
feta cheese
red pepper

dressing: soy sauce and red wine vinegar

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 9:28 PM

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roasted veggies!

Roast some chickpeas and cauliflower in the oven - spray or lightly toss with olive oil and season with something a little spicy/smoky - chili, paprika, garlic, etc.

Then toss roasted veggies, some sauteed mushrooms, maybe a bit of light feta.

Add in some hearts of palm (great contrast--taste better from a glass jar than a can) and also add in some pickled beets.

With the roasted veggies and a bit of feta, juice from the beets and hearts of palm - you don't even need dressing. A HUGE, tasty salad, lots of nutritious variety, and very low calories.

My other favorite is very simple, yellow and red cherry or grape tomatoes, light french feta, a bit of cucumber, red onion if you like it, tossed with a basic vinagrette over mixed greens or chopped romaine.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 10:21 PM

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tomatoes, radishes, shredded turnip, kohlrabi, kale, dulse, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 10:56 PM

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nuts and berries

almonds, cranberries,pinenuts,dried cherries... also sometimes a cheese or beans especially if the salad is all you are eating... need that protein!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 11:42 PM

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