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May 10, 2012 6:56 AM
Everyone's favorite salad dressing! One part canola oil, one part splenda, one part seasoned rice vinegar. You only need a bit and toss, toss, toss. Really yummy with coleslaw too.
May 10, 2012 6:57 AM
I love everything in my salad!!!! Anything that I might make into a sandwich or meal you can put it into a bed of mixed greens. Some of my all time favorite toppers though are sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes!
May 10, 2012 7:05 AM
One of my favorite additions to my salads is cauliflower. It adds an amazing crunch and texture. You can cut it so it crumbles and you get a little with each bite or you can cut it into larger sites. I actually use this instead of croutons. Other additions would be pretty standard: Mushrooms, boiled egg, beets, onion, cilantro, tomato, peppers of all varieties, purple cabbage, any meats if I'm in the mood. If you add homemade salsa to the mix it can really change things up a lot.
May 10, 2012 7:19 AM

baby carrots, croutons, shredded cheese, light dressing, almonds

What I would like to know is how everyone records their food when they are making a soup or salad with so many ingredients. It takes so long to input everything on the salad or everything in the vegetable soup when you have a lot of ingredients; you can't just type in soup or salad, because the calorie count would not be accurate. Soups and salads can be a very low or very high calorie count.

So far, I have found some homemade soups with certain veggies in them on the food list, and I just use it, even if I don't have exactly the same veggies in my soup. Any other ideas?

If I make soup or salad they often have the same ingredients each time I make them. I log the ingredients then copy that "meal" so I can just choose it from my "meals" every time I eat it.
On the iPhone app .... log your ingredients under lunch or supper or snack or whatever. (I'll use breakfast as example). Then beside the word "breakfast" in my diary there is a calorie count then beside that there is a wrench. Click on the wrench then click "remember meal". Give the meal a name "tossed salad no chicken" or whatever and you're good to go.
May 10, 2012 10:15 AM
Romaine hears and chick peas are a staple :)
May 10, 2012 10:54 AM
The salad I make the most:

baby spinach instead of lettuce
grape tomatoes
slivered carrots
red/green/yellow peppers
grilled chicken or turkey breast
slivered almonds
sliced strawberries
grated parmesan cheese
raspberry vinagrette
May 10, 2012 10:58 AM
I was eating a lot of tuna and veggie burgers (Boca vegan) on top of my salads and I recently discovered canned crab at Trader Joe's for very few calories with a lot of protein! I mix the crab with some lemon juice, vinegar, cabbage and diced onion for a healthy 'crab salad' and put that on top of my greens! I always add 1/4 an avocado too for some healthy fats.
May 10, 2012 11:06 AM
Love masses of herbs in my salads- cilantro, fresh flat leaf parsley and dill.

Newman's Own Light Lime dressing- So, so so SO good!!!

Avacado, watercress, sunflower seeds, cucumber and tomato.

Chicken salad made with smoked paprika, olive oil mayo and garlic is Amazing!

Pickled jalepenos. Yum.
May 11, 2012 8:09 AM
Oh my gosh! The possibilities! Thank you all!
May 11, 2012 1:10 PM
I started putting tuna and natural almonds and it tastes great!
May 11, 2012 3:33 PM
I make taco salad. I just make up big batch of chicken on Sunday and flavor with homemade taco seasoning (or salsa if I am lazy) and then I have the meat for all week. I throw together the veggies and put some cheese on it. Bring a little sour cream and salsa and I am set. I keep meat separate so I can heat it up a little since i don't like cold chicken too much. If I have extra carbs I will crush up a 1oz bag of Doritos for some crunch.
May 11, 2012 3:45 PM
Been wanting to do something more with my salads. Some really good ideas here!
May 11, 2012 3:47 PM
lettuce or spinach (greens - blah blah)
apples, cherry tomatoes, carrots, snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower
generally what's in the fridge :-) oh once i tried a tin of corn it was good.

almonds, eggs, tuna (not all at once of course, I usually just pick one protein)
May 11, 2012 3:58 PM
I'm also not a fan of iceberg, I just don't see the point as there's no flavor to it. My base is usually a spring mix (red, green, endive, arugula, etc), fresh spinach, or bibb lettuce (or all of the above) and then I usually do some or all of the ingredients below depending on if I'm in the mood for a sweet or savory salad:

Sweet salads: dried cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, cubed apples, kiwi, grapes, cucumber, snap peas, feta and/or provalone and/or mozzarella cheese, sliced almonds and/or sunflower seeds, seasoned grilled chicken with raspberry vinaigrette.

Savory salads: sweet peppers (red, orange, and yellow), pepperorcinis, black and/or green olives, snap peas, celery, cucumber, carrots, feta and/or provolone and/or mozzarella cheese, sliced almonds and/or sunflower seeds, hard boiled egg (usually no yolk), seasoned grilled chicken with balsamic vinaigrette (and sometimes I throw in cubed salami if there's room in my calorie count).
May 11, 2012 4:00 PM
-romaine lettuce
- lots of edemame because i find it filling and it has plenty of protein
- Greek Feta
- Cucumbers
- bell peppers
- salmon or chicken
- crispy chow mein noodles

and to get the biggest variety, I frequently switch up the dressing.
May 11, 2012 4:00 PM
I like to bake turkey or chicken in some hot sauce and have a buffalo chicken salad.
May 11, 2012 4:04 PM
I make a fruit one with apples mixed berries, walnuts, cranberries and Greek yogurt.

I make a protein salad with spinach, tuna, cheese, eggs, copped chicken breast, ripe olives and red peppers.
May 11, 2012 4:06 PM
bump, keeping some of these ideas happy
May 11, 2012 4:06 PM
My favorite has spinach, black beans, broccoli, cucumber, grilled chicken (or shrimp), pico de gallo, and sometimes some kalamata olives or avocado.
May 11, 2012 4:10 PM
Sunflower kernels and sliced strawberries are also great in salads. I use the kernels instead of croutons. And the strawberries rock if you are using balsamic vinegar in/as your dressing.
May 11, 2012 4:11 PM
The most nutritionally complete food source in the world: hemp seeds; this is standard. But to spice things up, I also add in grapes, apples, olives, nuts, strawberries...
May 11, 2012 4:19 PM
Ooh. Great thread!

My default salad base is:

greens (romaine, spinach, mixed greens, etc.)
bean (chickpea, black, red, white, etc.)
meat (occasionally, and whatever is on hand/leftover: baked chicken, salmon, meatballs, meatloaf, etc.)
pico de gallo*
sweet corn

*I'll like to mash the avocado with the pico de gallo in lieu of dressing
May 11, 2012 4:21 PM
Romaine lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, feta cheese and Kens Light Options Raspberry Walnut...Yum Yum!!!!! Eat this a couple days a week and never get bored :)
May 11, 2012 4:25 PM
May 11, 2012 4:44 PM
I also make my own Japanese-style ginger garlic dressing to use on salads. Sooo good! It has in it:

olive oil
rice wine vinegar and lemon juice (equal amounts of each)
low sodium soy sauce
grated fresh ginger
grated fresh garlic
sesame oil (only about a teaspoon - when I have it in the house).

I make the dressing up in my old Good Seasons cruet - you know the glass bottle with the plastic pouring lid that is pre-marked for mixing the salad dressing packets? I just use the lines on the cruet for guidance. Oils to the O line, soy sauce using the W (water) line, and the lemon and rice vinegar to the V line. The garlic and ginger I add in according to my own taste (I like quite a bit!). Shake it up, and put it in my fridge. It has a lot of flavor, so I don't need to use much at all. Portioning it out at about 1 tablespoon at a time, it lasts me a good two to three weeks.


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