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IanG
03-23-2013, 10:33 PM
I just eat salads.

It's been like that for weeks now.

Any ideas how I can spice them up a little without blowing the calorie bank?


Thinforme
03-23-2013, 10:50 PM
I'm into mushrooms and broccoli. Shrimp are amazing and low calorie

joefla70
03-23-2013, 10:51 PM
What do you put in them now?

My typical salad consists of the spring mix blend of lettuces. I add cucumber, red onion, green onion, cilantro, and a little bit of real bacon bits and Gorgonzola cheese. My dressing is either Ken's Northern Italian Lite or a balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes I will add some heart of palm. The Gorgonzola gives it a lot of flavor, and a little goes a long way because its so strong.


lunarsongbird
03-23-2013, 11:02 PM
I don't have much experience with salads.
But I have this funny picture:
https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/5754001408/h37A460BF/
LOL. Just kidding.

Okay- but I've heard that cottage cheese and greek yogurt can make the base of a fabulous dressing and then you really have increased the protein intake.

This is a lovely salad- Add some chicken and it would be divine:
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/arugula-salad-with-olives-feta-and-dill

Really- you can add all types of fresh herbs to your lettuce selections and totally change the salad experience.

I think I would need to have the perception in my head that I was eating super fancy wonderful salads for me not to feel sad:
http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/greensalads

Ooh- a soft boiled egg. Great protein and nutrition.
YUM.
http://disgustinglygood.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/breakfast_salad.jpg
(This INCREDIBLE looking picture is to make up for my cranky cat picture above.)

Have you checked out the pinterest boards just about salad? There are TONS.
http://pinterest.com/kerrybea/salad/

wtfudge
03-23-2013, 11:20 PM
I got this idea from my friend: adding fruit to salad. Usually just one type of fruit, like strawberries or pear or mango.

You can also play around with different dressings (Trader Joes has awesome ones) or you can even make your own if you're feeling ambitious. :)

Thinforme
03-23-2013, 11:22 PM
Lunar lol I love the kitty!

IanG
03-23-2013, 11:35 PM
Oooooooooh. Great ideas. Thanks. I have an excellent salad bar at work but have clearly been too conservative.

Katydid77
03-24-2013, 01:33 AM
Hands down, the best discovery I have made with my salads is to use cottage cheese in the place of dressing.

I always liked the taste/moisture of the dressing but it seemed to take too much and it was over calories and the taste was off.

Finally I figured out to put about a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and then a teeny dab of dressing on there for flavoring (something like ranch or bleu cheese)

It still has a wonderful creamy taste/texture and with the protein makes it all the more filling.

Also, I will add I don't even like cottage cheese by itself, don't enjoy it at all. BUT adding it to my salads has totally changed how much I enjoy them.

Elladorine
03-24-2013, 02:52 AM
I make awesome salads, see for yourself. ;)

http://distilleryimage6.s3.amazonaws.com/9719c68230f111e2bccc22000a1f8cda_7.jpg

I always have some on hand. :)

Using a variety of veggies and even fruit does the trick for me. In fact, every time we have a family get together I'm pretty much expected to bring a bowl. Everybody loves it, and I'm guaranteed to have something healthy to eat no matter what else is being served. :D

Misti in Seattle
03-24-2013, 07:55 AM
Elladorine, that looks wonderful!

I am known for my yummy salads too! I use mixed salad greens from the natural market and add all kinds of things... fruits, nuts, veggies... steamed eggs chopped also make a nice addition... also pickled beets.

One option I started doing quite some time ago... and ALWAYS get asked to bring it to potlucks...is to use slaw... cabbage and broccoli slaw both, along with grated carrots... as the "base" and then still go ahead and add in all the stuff. Yummy.

Salads don't have to be boring and blah!!!

CanadianCutie
03-24-2013, 04:30 PM
My current favorite for salad is spring mix, or spinach with a handful of sliced black olives, red, yellow or orange bell pepper, tomato, a little cheese (something that packs a punch, like gorgonzola or feta), and a little dressing. Sometimes I make my own ginger/soy/lemon dressing that is really yummy.

bubblybarrister
03-30-2013, 07:57 PM
My fave right now (and has been for a while) is baby spinach with thinly sliced red onion, strawberries, goat cheese crumbles, maybe a few slivered almonds, w/ balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes just balsamic if I'm watching my fat that day. :)

IanG
03-30-2013, 08:02 PM
Thanks for all the tips. I'll work through them.

My big thing now is dressing. I love dressing. And the best tip y'all gave me was to put a little on the side and dip the fork in to avoid an overage on the calories.

As long as there's dressing, I'll get some good mileage out of salads yet!

Jez
03-30-2013, 08:06 PM
Hands down, the best discovery I have made with my salads is to use cottage cheese in the place of dressing. I've never thought to use cottage cheese in salads! how much dressing do you still use?

I make... Your salad looks great. What dressing do you use, if any?

VermontMom
03-30-2013, 09:38 PM
My fave right now (and has been for a while) is baby spinach with thinly sliced red onion, strawberries, goat cheese crumbles, maybe a few slivered almonds, w/ balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes just balsamic if I'm watching my fat that day. :)

YUM! Had one like that last summer. Except instead of strawberries, orange was the fruitiness in it.

Mixed greens, thin red onion, with just a few crumbles of blue cheese, few walnuts, and a few dried cranberries with a vinaigrette, so good.

And look how good all of us are, we don't talk about croutons :devil: evil tasty things!

IanG
03-30-2013, 10:17 PM
I use croutons. A quarter cup. 25 calories. No probs.

Jez
03-30-2013, 10:41 PM
Sheeps milk is my favorite cheese. I use that on my salads. Its crumbly like feta, but creamier and less tangy. Amazing. And 70-80 cals per oz

joefla70
03-30-2013, 10:56 PM
Sheeps milk is my favorite cheese. I use that on my salads. Its crumbly like feta, but creamier and less tangy. Amazing. And 70-80 cals per oz

Mine too (Manchego)

IanG
03-30-2013, 10:59 PM
I'm gonna get me some sheep!

AlmostMe
03-31-2013, 09:10 AM
Elladorine - that salad is beautiful! You should have a blog. Personally that's too much fruit for me to make a salad like that- but only because of some silly restriction in my head, but if served that I'd be like yum yum.

IanG - I just googled "beautiful salad" - clicked the image area and found enough inspiration for a lifetime of salads. Sooo hungry now, mouth watering.

bubblybarrister
03-31-2013, 01:32 PM
Mixed greens, thin red onion, with just a few crumbles of blue cheese, few walnuts, and a few dried cranberries with a vinaigrette, so good.

I forgot about the blue cheese and walnut combo! I do that too!!!!!

My dad swears by craisins on all things salad-y. He even puts them on chicken salad! I wish I liked them... ;)

Jez
04-01-2013, 04:27 PM
I'm bumping this just to rave about my new Toss-n-chop salad scissors that arrived today. I used them on my lunch salad, which had a lot of vegetables, then added my dressing/avocado/sheep cheese/olives and fork-mixed it. And it's amazing. These things are great.

This is a YT video that I found when I was looking around to see if they were worth it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAKOLdo8TTo

ETA: the video is for the Pampered Chef version. I got the Trudeau brand off of Amazon, but I think they're all the same, really.

nelie
04-01-2013, 04:44 PM
I often use cooking scissors to cut my lettuce, it is a lot easier.

IanG
04-01-2013, 04:57 PM
My work has a salad bar. I love salad bars.

AlmostMe
04-02-2013, 07:07 PM
OK, I broke my fruit taboo and added Cape Gooseberries or physalis to my salad this weekend. Oh my goodness it was good! Tart and sweet at the same time. And very pretty golden yellow. My co-eaters did not rave over it as they should have. It was awesome.

IanG
04-02-2013, 09:42 PM
God, I love salads.

Skellig19
04-03-2013, 06:37 PM
God, I love salads.

LOL! I just read through this thread. IanG, you are quite hilarious. I love your little comments and quips every so often. Not just here, but all over the boards!

Salads ARE good. It's awesome you're so into them. I am quite envious your work has a salad bar! That's so cool!

My favourite salad is actually one I buy from IKEA (and recreate all the time at home): Spring greens, goat cheese, pecans, dried blueberries, and balsamic vinagrette. It's loaded with stuff so I keep the portion small. I find the pecans make me way more full. Gotta love that fat!

penmage
04-03-2013, 07:56 PM
My favourite salad is actually one I buy from IKEA (and recreate all the time at home): Spring greens, goat cheese, pecans, dried blueberries, and balsamic vinagrette. It's loaded with stuff so I keep the portion small. I find the pecans make me way more full. Gotta love that fat!

I dislike salad for the most part, but that sounds delicious!

Snowtopper
04-03-2013, 08:08 PM
Sometimes I add a tiny bit of Sesame oil my rice wine vinegar. It taste sooo good. And I put some sesame seeds or slivered almonds. I think I'm eating this fancy salad at a restaurant.

LRH
04-03-2013, 10:30 PM
Have been adding broccoli slaw (organic, from Whole Foods). It adds crunch and is very filling. At first I didn't think I would like it, now I'm addicted!

Pink Hurricane
04-03-2013, 11:53 PM
I love salads! Right now since my husband has a big PT test coming up soon we are eating grilled chicken salads every night for dinner! :lol: But my staples for salad are always a little bit of spinach, two cups of hearts of romaine lettuce, one to two chopped green onions, black olives, green or red peppers, some type of fruit (or two!), spices such as garlic powder and onion powder, and I cook one boneless chicken breast with spices and one tablespoon on low sodium soy sauce, which I split between my husband and I. It is soooo delicious! Occasionally I will toss in real bacon bits, at 25 calories per tablespoon. And I use either shredded mozzarella or parmesan for the cheese, with a little bit of ranch or no dressing if there is a lot of fruit!

IanG
04-04-2013, 12:09 AM
Invite me for dinner Pink Hurricane!

Paleeeease. Sounds delish!

Silverfire
04-05-2013, 04:19 PM
My salad made me think of you Ian :)

Today's salad was pretty standard. Spinach, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes and cukes. But last minute I decided to toss in some some jerk sauce'd chicken, quinoa and edamame. With a bit of Catalina dressing (my fave) and it was soooooo good and soooooooooo filling.

I wolfed it down in a hurry as I was pressed for time, and realized soon after that I didn't need to eat that much... I am still uncomfortably full, and I just might explode :(

newleaf123
04-05-2013, 04:45 PM
I eat a big salad for lunch every day. One of my favorites is really simple:

big pile of mesclun greens
cubed up roasted beets
gorgonzola cheese
1/2 T of olive oil & 1/2 T of balsamic vinegar, shaken together

Syckgirlsfv
04-05-2013, 04:50 PM
I use broccoli slaw as well, also feta or bleu cheese, nuts, seeds, baby spinach, hearts of romaine, edamame, cayenne pepper, jalapenos...mmmm I'm getting hungry for one!

IanG
04-05-2013, 09:45 PM
jerk sauce'd chicken, quinoa and edamame. With a bit of Catalina dressing

Yummy Silverfire!

Elladorine
04-07-2013, 03:00 AM
Elladorine - that salad is beautiful! You should have a blog. Personally that's too much fruit for me to make a salad like that- but only because of some silly restriction in my head, but if served that I'd be like yum yum.
Thanks! :) I've been thinking about a website, hubby says I should write a book as I approach my goal. :comp:

The photo might be a little deceptive, I was in the middle of making a huge bowl that lasts me for several days. ;) The salad is mostly veggies, and I took the photo after adding one of the fruit layers. I only eat about one quarter of the fruit you see pictured at one time. :D

fatgiraffe
04-08-2013, 03:24 AM
My favorite salad right now is baby spinach, cucumber, strawberries, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries with Kraft raspberry dressing.

Elladorine
04-08-2013, 12:11 PM
Your salad looks great. What dressing do you use, if any?
Thanks! I use maybe a tablespoon of Newman's Family Recipe Italian which coats it lightly but well, along with a pinch of grated Parmesan cheese (the fresh stuff, not the powdered). :)

jiffypop
04-20-2013, 09:32 PM
could i add one without lettuce? i roast a pile of veggies in a little olive oil - this week's mix was, let's see if i remember it all, mushrooms, onions, red and orange peppers, tomatoes, eggplant with some finely minced garlic. This mix is a great base for pasta or chicken toppings, omelets, and so on. but when mixed with some oregano and basil, and protein - chick peas, shrimp and mozzarella are my faves - and then doused with some balsamic vinegar, it's a wonderful salad for lunch.

IanG
04-20-2013, 09:47 PM
Yep, me sure like salads. Thanks for these great ideas! I'm thinking not just salads for weight loss but salads for life now with this wealth of information!

amandie
04-20-2013, 11:21 PM
could i add one without lettuce? i roast a pile of veggies in a little olive oil - this week's mix was, let's see if i remember it all, mushrooms, onions, red and orange peppers, tomatoes, eggplant with some finely minced garlic. This mix is a great base for pasta or chicken toppings, omelets, and so on. but when mixed with some oregano and basil, and protein - chick peas, shrimp and mozzarella are my faves - and then doused with some balsamic vinegar, it's a wonderful salad for lunch.

Wow, this sounds really good! Thanks for sharing!

Terra1984
07-11-2013, 03:36 PM
I love salads too, I buy the bag of american salad mix when I go to the store and then I add grilled chicken strips,croutons,Shredded Cheddar Cheese and I top it with light ranch, I usually cut up tomatoes and add them too but I forgot to buy them this time around

Mayssa
07-28-2013, 01:27 AM
I was actually surprised at how much 0% greek yogurt made a GREAT dressing instead of mayo (like seriously, it tastes better it's almost ridiculous). It's a great substitute and tastes amazing ( add to it some herbs and spices to your liking). I don't know how it is in the US but in canada we have some " calorie-wise" dressings that are between 5-20 calories per tablespoon. Those are pretty good too, but always try to stay away from the processed and make your own dressing if you can. When in doubt on what herb to use, my tip is : smell your plate, then smell the herb. If it feels odd, don't use it. If it feels like the smell goes well together, give it a try !

I like to add some cashews ( or other nuts/grains) to my salads ( 4-5 crushed ), they give a really nice crunchiness to it.

Now for some recipes ^^
Have you ever tried quinoa ? it makes for some amazing salad-meals. Mix it with some Black beans, red peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. For the dressing : a little bit of olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne paper, coriander and cumin.
Also an other very complete salad that i like to have as a meal :
Diced tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, green peppers, shrimp and scallops. For the dressing ? Lemon zest, pepper, coriander, persley and lemon juice. Nothing else, the juice from the tomatoes and the creaminess of the avocados will be enough but you can add a tablespoon of yogurt to it if you prefer.

Those are pretty heavy salads, they're a whole meal, with the right portion you get about 300 calories and feel full for quite a while !

Suzanne 3FC
07-30-2013, 01:45 PM
I make my own salad dressing from low sodium soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and Korean red pepper flakes :T

beaka
07-30-2013, 02:07 PM
I think salads got better for me when I realized lettuces wasn't the base requirement. I've built a lot of salads with cucumbers and tomatoes as a base. I also roast veggies like jiffypop. Oh, and I do like using the broccoli slaw mix. It's a lot crunchier and feels very filling.

seaurchin
07-30-2013, 08:50 PM
My new best friend is my salad chopper! A great big pile of veggies can be chopped to itty bitty pieces. Add Stonewall Kitchen's Sesame Ginger Dressing and YUM!

mygirlvj
07-30-2013, 10:54 PM
This thread inspired me to have a huge healthy salad tonight for supper!!! )

tommy
07-31-2013, 03:14 PM
I highly recommend the popular raw kale salad made with Tuscan kale (Cavalo Nero, black kale) Recipes abound on the internet. I go with the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan blend version. Just enough oil to lightly coat leaves and bring it together. Keeps in the fridge for several days.

Suzanne 3FC
08-01-2013, 03:11 PM
Tommy is the member I'd most like to have lunch with :)

Prairie Chicken
08-15-2013, 08:32 PM
Helpful tip: I buy spinach and mixed greens in large tubs from a warehouse club. But sometimes don't get all of it eaten before it goes "south". If you put a paper towel across the top of the greens and "hang it out" the lid, it wicks moisture from the greens. Weird, but it works! I have had spinach last a week longer than the expiration date.

Matisse
08-15-2013, 08:49 PM
I make my own salad dressing from low sodium soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and Korean red pepper flakes :T

Could we have the recipe, Suzanne? It sounds awesome!