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Speak Up: Pimp My Salad

Salads are a staple of healthy eating. They are a great way to increase your veggie intake, and if you are trying to lose weight they are one of those high density foods that fill you up without a lot of calories. Let's face it, salad greens by themselves can get a bit dull. Plus you need to add fat and protein to make sure the salad keeps you full, especially if it is your main course.

I have become bored lately with my salads and need your help to make my salad tasty, appetizing, and nutritionally well rounded. So please pimp my salad! Starting with the salad greens of your choice, tell me your favorite salad. Leave your suggestions in the comment section below.


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femmefatale femmefatale 9 years
I love this thread! What wonderful salad ideas! Typically I go for Spinach leaves cucumbers peppers (red or yellow) avacados soy crips carrots parmesan cheese raisins capers hard boiled egg whites Balsamic vinegarette
jade408 jade408 9 years
This is a side salad but super yummy arugula avocado pear (or apple) slices or diced jicama (or cucumber) salt and pepper dress with lemon juice Or swap the apples and pears for red-fleshed winter citrus: blood orange, ruby grapefruit, cara cara navel -- keep the jicama instead of the cucumber though. Excellent addendum is a grilled mild fish or grilled chicken
franniedid franniedid 9 years
Romaine or other dark green leafy veggies beans - chickpeas, black beans, red beans snap peas halved peppers cucumber grape tomatoes pomegranate grapes halved gorgonzola crumbles toasted walnuts
bikinib7 bikinib7 9 years
i don't know how healthy this is, but my favorite salad (although i don't eat it very often) is spinach sliced strawberries red onions poppy seed dressing i can't remember the ingredients in the poppy seed dressing, but i think it has sugar.. but i dont know, maybe it could be substituted with splenda? you can find it on or most likely any recipe site! so good!
samula2000 samula2000 9 years
PamiP's salad sounds great....but I like the flavor of toasted almonds.........WOuld this be a warm salad?
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
spring mix greens grape tomatoes chick peas grilled chicken fresh mozzarella hard-boiled eggs sunflower seeds broccoli carrots avocado dressing of your choice (I'm a fan of fat-free sun-dried tomato or balsamic)
cmoon cmoon 9 years
2 AWESOME SALADS: Salad 1 Marinate chicken in "liquid smoke". You can find it in the condiment aisle. Bake the chicken, let cool and slice. Toss with romaine lettuce, balsamic dressing and top with parmesean. Salad 2 Stir fry carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic and whatever stirfry type veggies you like. Stir fry with a 1/2 tsp of chili paste and 3 tbs soy sauce (roughly). If you want to add meat, just use a little more of the chili paste/soy sauce to compensate. Serve on a bed of spinach. Its a stir fry salad! So GOOD!
orisugar orisugar 9 years
spinich leaves 1 boild egg diced tomatoes grilled chicken a spoonful of black beans light sesame dressing
orisugar orisugar 9 years
mixed field greens avacado crumbled goat cheese toasted walnuts cranberries tomato balsamic vinegar (a little) drizzle of olive oil Voila!
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
this is a great post! i have no good ideas to contribute, but want to thank all of you who gave me great ideas! :-D
KKGHokie KKGHokie 9 years
spinach mandarin oranges blue cheese crumbles pecans red onion If you use the juice in the mandarin oranges you really don't need dressing
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i like salads with a lot of stuff in it because it helps to keep me full. my current favorite is: spinach, red cabbage, shredded carrots, canned corn (no salt added), diced cucumber, diced tomatoes, dried cranberries, feta cheese, & candied walnut pieces. i top it off with some fresh ground pepper, extra virgin olive oil, basalmic vinegar. yum!
robs1325 robs1325 9 years
BLT Salad 1 or 2 slices turkey bacon cooked and crumbled I hard boiled egg cut into slices 1 cup spinach Tomato slices or diced pieces Orange bell pepper Dijon Mustard vinaigrette or whatever dressing you prefer
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I like to add whole cherry or snack tomatoes instead of regular sliced ones to my salads once in a while: they're like flavor bombs that really add some character to your salad! Plus they're perfect for when you pack a salad 'to go' since they're not leaky.
arimie33 arimie33 9 years
Mixed Greens Grilled Chicken Green Apple Chunks Chopped Walnuts or Almonds Dried Cranberries (Just a few!) South Beach Diet Balsamic YUM!
emalove emalove 9 years
Mixed Greens Baby Spinach Shaved Carrot Cucumbers Broccoli Florets Red Onions Chickpeas Sunflower Seeds Feta Cheese (only a little) Balsamic Vinagrette dressing
kimbly kimbly 9 years
Spinach Chopped apple Orange pieces Carrots Corn Balsamic vinegar and a teaspoon of olive oil. Mmmm. Also, I'll whip out a tortilla and spread some hummus, spinach, chopped veggie burger, olive oil, pepper and chopped onion. MMMMMMMMM.
tamararenee tamararenee 9 years
mixed greens and romaine chicken cranberries apples raisins avocado almonds blue cheese now i'm hungry!!!
Punkingirl Punkingirl 9 years
Arugula Grapefruit sections Avocado slices Olive oil Champagne Vinegar Simple! YUM!
khigg khigg 9 years
This salad focuses more on fruit rather than veggies and it may sound odd but it is SO flavorful and reminds me of summer. *Romaine lettuce *Grilled chicken *Strawberries *Blueberries *Mandarin orange *Pineapple wedges *Poppy seed dressing (just a don't need much with all the fruit) *Walnuts Delish!! and so refreshing
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
This has been my salad of choice this week, yum!:) romaine mixed fancy schmancy greens of your choice green and red peppers peas corn celery tomatoes, your choice of type mushrooms onions jicama herbs of your choice tofu marinated in sweet chili sauce and grilled vegan caesar dressing from Whole Foods fresh ground pepper And I love salads with chopped pear and nuts. Or berries. When I ate dairy I loved putting feta on my salads. The only annoying thing about salad making is the brevity of produce being fresh, chopping and storing the veggies. Oftentimes I go to a gourmet grocery store and attack the salad bar-so many choices organic produce, all really fresh and delicious!
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
This is the best post ever. I'm always looking for better salads. #1: romaine gorgonzola dried cranberries pumpkin seeds purdue short cuts grilled chicken balsamic #2: romaine gorgonzola red onions sauteed mushrooms strips of steak balsamic
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Lettuce Spinach Arugula Diced onions Bamboo Shoots Tomatoes Cucumber Cashews and Almonds A sprinkle of chopped garlic (not too much) Chopped rosemary and my homemade dressing: red wine vinegar, a little olive oil, and some basil and oregano Also, I usually add a drizzle of Dijon mustard to add some flavor without adding many calories.
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 9 years
Speaking of pimping....some MSNBC anchor said that Hillary Clinton was "pimping" Chelsea to call super delegates. Now she doesn't want to debate on MSNBC anymore.
minka minka 9 years
arugula cucumber avocado chickpeas tofu cherry tomatoes sesame seeds lemon juice, olive oil and mustard or rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and soy sauce
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