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Healthy Eating Tip: Skip the Dressing and Add Fruit to Your Salad

We all know that eating salad is good for us since fresh veggies are so healthy and full of fiber. I've realized though that I tend to add a lot of dressing to make my salad flavorful, which can add tons of calories. So instead of pouring on the dressing, top your salad with fruit.

Pears and apples are pretty popular, but I also love watermelon, cherries, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, or grapefruit on my salad. It may sound a little weird at first, but the sweetness goes really well with the crispness of the salad. You can also add dried fruit too like dried cranberries, cherries, or chopped up apricots. Your salad will have so much flavor that you won't be missing that dressing one bit. Do you already like to add fruit to your salad?


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Rocket-Bunny Rocket-Bunny 9 years
I do this but also add olive oil and vinegar with hot pepper flakes as a dressing find the combinations of the fruits and vegetables delicious
rpenner rpenner 9 years
To be honest, I've never tried fruit on my greens salad. It's always seemed weird to me. I love fruit salad, just fruit, no greens or veggies. But I guess I'll have to give fruit on my greens salad a try!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
i love putting dried cranberries on my salad... but I still use a little bit of dressing. I make my own red wine vinaigrette.
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
I actually don't use dressing at all. I springle my salad with about 100 calories worth of grated cheese and some croutons. Occasionally, I'll use fat free ranch.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm not a huge fan of fruit in salad...the only one I DO like on my salad is mandarin oranges. What I do like is to make my own salad dressings that aren't so high in calories though: If you mix balsamic vinegar with a little extra virgin olive oil, you get a wonderfully fruity and rich tasting dressing that's lower in calories (I only use a couple tablespoons of oil). I guess raspberries would probably taste OK in a salad too, but I've never really thought to put them on one.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
might as well just go for a fruit salad. yum. i'd give it a try sometime.
lizkiernan lizkiernan 9 years
I hardly ever eat salad unless there's fruit in it! I'm such a fruit nut
Salernol928 Salernol928 9 years
I'm the same on not loving fruit in the salad. I like the salsa idea. The best is the Trader Joe's Chipolte salsa or the Corn Salsa
Kellyim Kellyim 9 years
I love cutting up a slightly overripe pear on top of my salad. Yum! Also, dried cranberries, spinach, and a little feta is great.
AMP AMP 9 years
I don't really like fruit in my salad, but instead of dressing, I use fresh pico de gallo. Its so tasty!
NIC84 NIC84 9 years
That sounds pretty gross to me actually. I love fruit, but not in my chicken salad. How about some vinegar and olive oil instead?
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
It tastes great but it would affect digestion since you are supposed to eat fruit with nothing else.
vanprooyen vanprooyen 9 years
Salad is great with nectarines. I also like it with strawberries, grapes, apples, pears, plums, dried apricot, dried cherries. That goes great with feta or gorgonzola along with pecans or walnuts. I try to avoid using much store-bought dressing because I think it makes the salad taste too tart. I just use olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.
Fit-Whit Fit-Whit 9 years
At home I eat more fruit salads than veggie salads. Some of my favorite combinations are organic greens, especially spinach, with fruit like strawberries/ apples/ pears/ or grapes cut up. Add some nuts like pine nuts/ almonds/ or walnuts (just make sure there the healthy kind and not sweetened or salted. Then I like to add a soft cheese like goat cheese/ feta/ or gorgonzola. They really are great salads and a good way to add fruit and nuts into your day.
franniedid franniedid 9 years
I love apples, grapes, strawberries and blueberries in my salad. They add so much flavor and I use very little dressing.
Feesje Feesje 9 years
aimeeb, I'm with you. I cannot eat fruit and vegetables together. It's sort of an eating-trauma for me. When I was a kid, I got very sick after eating a salad with tangerines in it. And now my body refuses to eat the two combined. Ofcourse it's all in my head, but my first reaction to a salad with fruit is "sorry, no can do, I've been there".
AshleySunshine AshleySunshine 9 years
*aimeeb - I totally agree! One thing that I did start doing though is using salsa instead of dressing. Most have very little calories and/or fat. Plus it adds some spice. Yum!
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
I have never been a fan of fruit on salad. The flavors clash so much to me. Same deal with fruit-flavored dressings. Just not my thing.
k_izzle k_izzle 9 years
Fruit is so incredibly amazing in salad!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'd rather eat my salad dry than put fruit in it.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
Strawberries in spinach salad... yum!
klrouth klrouth 9 years
I love fruit on my salad, it is almost the only kind of salad I will eat. A bit of chicken, strawberries, blueberries, and a sprinkling of dried cherries and nuts and you really don't need much dressing at all. A great salad dressing to add to a fruity salad is Christie's Mandarin Orange. Only 35 calories per serving and perfect on a salad with chicken, oranges and cashews. Yum.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i always add a bit of organic raisins to my salads, and it's so, so good. so good that it's 8:17am, and i want to eat a salad.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
do calories you get from fruits differ from the ones you get from the dressings? different sources of calories will affect your body in a different way? say.. i take 3 granny smith apples with my salad (@ 65cals) instead of caesar's dressings (@ 50 per tbsps) just wonderin..
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