South Beach Diet - What Do You Put on Your Salad
So I'm at the Salad Bar with the indeterminate sized spoons (there small and shallow so I'm estimating 1/4 cup)
and I put together a decent salad
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup black Olives (not enough Nutritional bonus)
1/4 cup Sunflower seeds
then Some FF Buttermilk ranch b/c it was the only dressing that had Nut info (it came in a package) and the oil and vin had been spirited away
What do you all put on your salad? I'm being nosy and I like new ideas!
04-07-2009, 01:53 PM
i always use mild pepper rings...they give it sooo much flavor
04-07-2009, 02:32 PM
I like a mix of spinach and romaine, and add any or all of the following -
crumbled gorgonzola or goat cheese or sometimes plain old cheddar
grapes or apple chunks
I don't use a salad dressing when I add fruit to my salad, but on a "normal" salad, my favorite is Ken's Light Northern Italian.
04-07-2009, 02:46 PM
I am a huge fan of caesar salads - my usual, which includes caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, whole wheat croutons, and black olives.
On regular/garden salads, I use a ton of different toppings, such as different cheeses, cucumbers, toasted nuts, tomatoes, green onions, white onions, different dressings (ranch/blue cheese/blue cheese viniagrette usually), mushrooms, and homemade croutons using whole wheat bread.
Looking over the last few days:
Baked, marinated tofu
Walnuts or almonds
Sunflower seeds, if unsalted
Steamed asparagus, cut into small bites
A dollop of hummus on the side of the plate & dipping the salad contents into it (yes, even a forkful of leaves)
Red or yellow peppers (there's enough green without adding green peppers)
Cukes, but they need to be sliced thinly. I hate chunky cuke slices. Hate them.
Roasted vegetables (eggplant, peppers, etc.)
Little pile of sardines & then just dress the salad simply with oil & balsamic vinegar
Halved grape tomatoes
04-07-2009, 03:57 PM
I had a shockingly good salad for lunch today...
all kinds of greens!
all kinds of peppers! red, green, greek hot
baby corn(sparingly- but I don't think it has as much sugar as regular)
Olives- black and green
broccoli, carrots, cauliflower
seeds and nuts
garbanzo beans are my fave in a salad but I love all beans!
cheese, ww croutons
tofu, veggie chicken
I haven't had it in forever but will have to soon since all the strawberries are coming out- my fave is strawberries, walnuts, feta and strawberry vinegarette :) now I am craving it!!!!! lol
04-07-2009, 04:45 PM
my mouth is watering right now. I gave up on the crappy grocery store salad and haven't had one in a couple of months. But my baby salads are starting to look so yummy.
04-07-2009, 04:52 PM
Rotisserie turkey breast
Thanks Guys I start to run out of ideas and get really bored!!
04-07-2009, 07:46 PM
I don't see where anyone included jicama, very good.
04-09-2009, 11:09 AM
Jicama is great, EofAZ! :T
I love making up salad combos at home. All my homemade salads start with a combo of spring mix greens and spinach and a handful (or more) of either Rainbow Slaw or Broccoli Slaw (pre-shredded veggies! Awesome!). I then add a mix of dried or fresh fruit, some kind of cheese, and some kind of nut. I have a ton of SBD-safe dressings, but one of my favorite brands is Organicville (https://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10052&catalogId=1&productId=366437), because they use agave nectar to sweeten their vinaigrettes! :cloud9:
When I go to a salad bar (usually either Ruby Tuesday or Old Country Buffet), here are things I like to get:
most nutritional lettuce offering (spinach and spring mix first, then romaine, if no other option)
lean meat (especially poultry)
beans of any kind
radishes (I'm not a huge fan, but if they're shredded, I don't notice them)
I always get bleu cheese or ranch dressing, as I've found that they were always within the SBD guidelines. Well, at least the first 20 or 30 ones that I checked. Then I stopped checking. ;)
There's a divine salad recipe in the first SBD book (or maybe it's the SBD cookbook?). It involves cooking pears in wine, I believe. I add cooked chicken breast to it for a complete meal. It's SO good. :T
Another great salad is the Mexican Caesar from El Torito restaurant. It's hardly low in fat, but I think it'd be easy to make a version at home. Somewhere I have a copycat version of the recipe. Anyways, it uses cotijo cheese (try reduced fat feta) and pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds) with romaine and a divine garlicky cilantro dressing. The original also has tortilla strips...you could make your own out of WW tortillas, if you wanted. Here are some recipes online for the salad:
YUMMY El Torito`s Mexican Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe (http://hubpages.com/hub/YUMMY_El_Toritos_Mexican_Caesar_Salad_Recipe)
El Torito`s Mexican Caesar Salad Recipe (http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/514/El_Toritos_Mexican_Caesar_Salad42593.shtml)
There are a ton of amazing salad recipes out there. My favorites include fresh fruit. I was looking online for one that I loved (still haven't found it, but it included grapefruit, mango, and avocado with a homemade grapefruit vinaigrette) and found some other ones that also looked good; just add lean meat to any of them to make it a meal. If anyone loves these, we can put them in the forum:
Avocado-and-Grapefruit Salad With Pomegranate Seeds (http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=363944) (good if made with agave nectar in place of the honey)
Mango, Orange, Grapefruit, Avocado, and Pistachio Salad (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mango-Orange-Grapefruit-Avocado-and-Pistachio-Salad/Detail.aspx) (a little high in fat, but other than cheese, it's good fat, so if you watch the rest of your meals...)
Spinach & Grapefruit Salad (http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/spinach_grapefruit_salad.html) This looks gorgeous, like it'd be good enough to make for company!
Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad (http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/raspberry_avocado_salad.html) The hazelnuts sound like they'd push the goodness of this salad over-the-top! :faint:
Thighs Be Gone
04-09-2009, 11:23 AM
Two weeks ago I went to a South American buffet with girlfriends. I filled up on Jicama. I completely emptied the bucket onto my plate. A hog? Maybe. But it kept me from overeating the beans, rice and yummy chicken I also indulged in.
04-09-2009, 11:53 AM
I'm a simpleton. I top off my salads with red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar and EVOO.
spring mix green
all kinds of sprouts
oregano, a little sea salt and black pepper
and that's it...and sometimes if I want to get really creative I'll throw in some beans!!!
04-09-2009, 09:15 PM
I like just about anything on a salad, the more vegs the better (especially grilled ones....I grill a batch on the weekends and keep them in the fridge for lunch the rest of the week...I bring a big salad for lunch every day ) but the one thing I'm fanatical about is that my "greens" have to be spinach....no wimpy lettuce that is just "filler" without any nutriants (like iceberg lettuce.)
dressings....when I make my own, different kinds of vinaigrettes, but when I buy it, I love a locally made Creole tomato no sugar dressing that is to die for, and I order Galeos (http://www.galeoscafe.com/) by the case. When I'm out, it's some kind of vinaigrette.
04-09-2009, 10:25 PM
At a salad bar (usually whole foods) I use:
hint of blue cheese
My favorite to make at home is Jenn's Cobb Salad
1 hard boiled egg
10 circles turkey pepperoni, sliced into bits
2 slices turkey bacon
1 serving Perdue Short cuts
Feta or Blue cheese (RF)
6 grape tomatoes