Low Cal Salad Recipes?

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coconutprinc...

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 15:18
I really want to start eating salad every day and I'm super picky. I can't seem to find a low cal salad that is good without putting lots of high cal dressing on it. Any ideas? I do like spinach with olive oil, crumbled feta, oregano and S&P. I also like Sweet Onion vinegarette dressing as well as French, Caesar, Poppy Seed and Catalina (just to give you and idea of my tastebuds) Smile
Verblstar

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 15:26
Coconut,
I don't know where you live or what will be available there but, Litehouse dressings are good and low calorie. One of my favorite is Pear Gorgonzola, if you like fruit they have a bunch of Vinaigrettes. And most of them go perfectly with the different salads, spring mix, spinach, everything. Hope this helps.
Hoser

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 15:33
If you search the forums for "salad porn", you'll see some of my past creations.

I never buy premade salad dressings. Instead, I create my own vinaigrette dressings, often blending them with apple sauce to make them creamier.
Marlboro Man

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 20:09
why eat something if you dont like it?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
—Aristotle
"It's not a diet, it's not exercise, it's a lifestyle."
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GWMcolorado

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 21:49
I was messing around in the kitchen this morning. I woke up with an insane craving for a baby spinach salad. However I wasn't feeling like any of the dairy or mayonnaise based dressings I had in the fridge. So I thought "Oil and Vinegar, doesn't get much more simple than that." So I grabbed the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Then I looked and saw that there were 3 net carbs in the balsamic (all sugar). Meh, so I looked again and found a bottle of apple cider vinegar that I had forgotten about. So I mixed in a little cup: 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, a sprinkle of garlic powder, and a dash of lemon juice. Shook it up and poured half of it on. I liked it so much I saved the rest for another salad at dinner Razz
coconutprinc...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 07:12
Marlboro Man wrote:
why eat something if you dont like it?


Because it's healthy and I will benefit from it Smile so I want to figure out a way to eat it so that I do enjoy it.
coconutprinc...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 07:13
Thanks for the ideas!
Sheryl10

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 08:09
I love strawberries, blueberries, and/or mandarin oranges, on a spinach salad. And red onion rings.

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mmpearce

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 13:47
I can't find the exact recipe now, but here is a warm salad-like recipe I really liked. Low fat, but hearty feeling. I can't remember the exact the measurements, so you'll have to experiment.

- Saute sliced portabella mushrooms and red onions in a little olive oil.
- add little black pepper, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and some soy sauce (maybe a tablespoon or two) to taste
- cook a few more minutes
- pour over greens (spinach, arugula, lettuce, etc.) and sliced red peppers.

Very similar to this:
http://shinjitefood.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/portobello-mushroom-salad-with-balsamic-soy-sauce-dressing/


Other than that, I love everything from Mark Bittman. See this link for salad and dressing recipes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/dining/22mlist.html?em
coconutprinc...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 14:56
mmpearce wrote:
I can't find the exact recipe now, but here is a warm salad-like recipe I really liked. Low fat, but hearty feeling. I can't remember the exact the measurements, so you'll have to experiment.

- Saute sliced portabella mushrooms and red onions in a little olive oil.
- add little black pepper, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and some soy sauce (maybe a tablespoon or two) to taste
- cook a few more minutes
- pour over greens (spinach, arugula, lettuce, etc.) and sliced red peppers.

Very similar to this:
http://shinjitefood.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/portobello-mushroom-salad-with-balsamic-soy-sauce-dressing/


Other than that, I love everything from Mark Bittman. See this link for salad and dressing recipes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/dining/22mlist.html?em


Ooooh now this sounds very good! I LOVE all those ingredients, except balsalmic, but I don't hate balsamic and I think with the soy sauce it would be great!
NCNOLE

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 15:48
You can learn to eat just about anything! Can't believe someone would ask why eat salad if you don't like them.

Anyways.... I have 2 salads a day, but I'll just list my favorites. You can also find recipes on pinterest.
Spinach, no sugar added mandarin oranges (I eat 1/2 serving for 20 kcal), dates (I use 1/4 serving for about 35 kcal), craisins (1/4 serving for another 50 kcal). I normally use makoto ginger dressing which has 80 kcal in 2 TBSP - but I only need 1 TBSP b/c I just dip the fork in. However, I recently discovered flavored balsamic vinegars, so I have been using those more (hardly any sodium and as far as I can tell only about 10 kcal/TBSP). I go to a specialty store in my town to buy different kinds of vinegar - honey ginger, strawberry, raspberry, pumpkin are among my favorite flavors. I have also used Ken's healthy options oil and vinegar and Olive Garden's italian dressing -- again I usually stick to 1 TBSP and I have a fairly large salad.
Another salad involves spinach, pears (cooked if I have the time) and pecans (toasted). I also like to throw some apples on spinach. I don't do cheese or creamy dressings, so that saves calories.
My evening salad is usually spinach w/ cucumbers and banana peppers and tomatoes.
I plan to try an asian slaw salad next week.
I usually start my meal w/ a large salad to help fill me up and get my nutrients. I really think it has made a big difference and highly recommend it. It cuts down on the need for other higher calorie foods as it takes extra time which allows your brain to get the "i'm starting to feel full" signal. It makes your meal last longer.
JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 16:19
I'm a big fan of making a what I call spicy mexican salad: lettuce, onion (sometimes leeks instead), green peppers, bell peppers of another color are the base. Instead of dressing I use salsa - but I thin it out with the juice from a jar of jalapenos and blend smooth. I add other things I have them on hand and they fit into my calorie budget: ground beef, chicken, cheese, black olives, corn, beans.
JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 16:22
also: a bag of cole slaw mix + apples or pears cut into matchsticks + a dollop of lite miracle whip, dijon mustard mixed with rice wine vinegar and a bit of sugar.
coconutprinc...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 16:31
JessWhatINeeded wrote:
I'm a big fan of making a what I call spicy mexican salad: lettuce, onion (sometimes leeks instead), green peppers, bell peppers of another color are the base. Instead of dressing I use salsa - but I thin it out with the juice from a jar of jalapenos and blend smooth. I add other things I have them on hand and they fit into my calorie budget: ground beef, chicken, cheese, black olives, corn, beans.


I am sold on this! LOVE salsa!!!! And all those other veggies to Smile I guess I like more veggies than I thought lol
coconutprinc...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 16:36
NCNOLE wrote:
You can learn to eat just about anything! Can't believe someone would ask why eat salad if you don't like them.

Anyways.... I have 2 salads a day, but I'll just list my favorites. You can also find recipes on pinterest.
Spinach, no sugar added mandarin oranges (I eat 1/2 serving for 20 kcal), dates (I use 1/4 serving for about 35 kcal), craisins (1/4 serving for another 50 kcal). I normally use makoto ginger dressing which has 80 kcal in 2 TBSP - but I only need 1 TBSP b/c I just dip the fork in. However, I recently discovered flavored balsamic vinegars, so I have been using those more (hardly any sodium and as far as I can tell only about 10 kcal/TBSP). I go to a specialty store in my town to buy different kinds of vinegar - honey ginger, strawberry, raspberry, pumpkin are among my favorite flavors. I have also used Ken's healthy options oil and vinegar and Olive Garden's italian dressing -- again I usually stick to 1 TBSP and I have a fairly large salad.
Another salad involves spinach, pears (cooked if I have the time) and pecans (toasted). I also like to throw some apples on spinach. I don't do cheese or creamy dressings, so that saves calories.
My evening salad is usually spinach w/ cucumbers and banana peppers and tomatoes.
I plan to try an asian slaw salad next week.
I usually start my meal w/ a large salad to help fill me up and get my nutrients. I really think it has made a big difference and highly recommend it. It cuts down on the need for other higher calorie foods as it takes extra time which allows your brain to get the "i'm starting to feel full" signal. It makes your meal last longer.


That was my thought! I want to like salads lol and other healthy stuff Smile My mom (who is a very healthy eater) says the same thing; eating a huge salad before the meal so that you fill up faster. Thanks so much for the help!

DanaFine

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Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 09:52
well - you may want to try making a salad and topping with with taco meat (made with ground turkey, chili powder, garlic, onion and some tomato paste and water, pepper, salt) and some mango salsa on top of that. 4 oz. of the taco meat, 3 tablespoons of mango salsa is better than any dressing if you are in the mood for savory salad.
candie2569

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Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 03:42
Another thing to try is keeping the dressing on the side (measured into a small cup) and dip every second mouthful or so. I find that I end up dipping less and less as I start to enjoy the fresh taste of the salad better. I LOVE vegetables but am not a salad person. I knew that a salad is a great light way to add fiber and help keep me feeling full longer so I wanted to try to eat more of them. This helped me so much.
holfraz

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Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 08:25
I love this spinach salad: baby spinach, a few dried cranberries, a spinkle of fat free feta cheese, and a spinkle of crushed walnuts w/ fat free Rasberry Vinigerette dressing. Mushrooms and red onion rings optional.
Soulnoid

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Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 13:45
Just eat it, lol. You will find that your tastes will change over time. I have cut sugar/HFCS back so much now that when I do come eat something sweet, I only need a little bit and then my belly says no more. I agree with all above, make your own dressing and mix in different veggies. Go to a local farmers market and see what is in season.
Stella1964

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Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 10:35
Renee's Greek Feta dressing, diluted with unsweetened almond milk! Perfection.



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