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How to Make a Healthy Salad

Salads make a delicious meal and are a great way to fit in five fruits and vegetables a day and to lose weight. Follow our diet doctor¿s simple healthy salad formula to get taste and nutrition without blowing your calorie budget.


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    • Salads for Weight Loss

      Salads have a great reputation as a healthy, diet-friendly food. But if you aren't careful, that innocent salad could pack more calories than a cheesesteak sandwich with fries. Or, if you eat the same salad every day, you might not be getting all the potential health benefits that a salad can offer.

      A salad of leafy greens topped with fresh vegetables and some lean protein can make a quick, nutritious meal for lunch or dinner. The secret is knowing what toppings to add without adding to your waistline.

      We've got a simple formula for making a great salad, plus recipe ideas you can use tonight!

    • How to Build a Better Salad

      Here are several suggestions for building a better salad, both for weight control and heart health.

      A salad a day is one easy way to get your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Using this formula, you easily can get four to five vegetable servings and one fruit serving in an entree-size salad.

      1. Leafy greens
      Best choices:
      Deep greens such as spinach or romaine lettuce are excellent sources of vitamins K and E. (Skip the relatively nutrient-poor iceberg lettuce.)
      Serving size: 1 cup

      2. Fruit
      Best choices:
      Blueberries, strawberries, apples, mangos, and pears provide extra vitamins, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. (If you use dried fruit, cut the serving size way back because dried fruit has twice the calories of fresh.)
      Serving size: 1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on the fruit.

      3. Lean protein
      Best choices:
      Chicken and turkey are common choices, but for an added fiber, folate, and antioxidant boost, consider deeply colored beans such as red, kidney, or black beans. Tuna and salmon are good sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
      Serving size: 1 ounce of meat or fish or 1/4 cup of beans (aim for two to four servings).

    • Salad Topper Tip 1: Pick Whole Grains

      High-calorie toppings, such as dried fruit, croutons, and cheese, can add up to 600 calories to salads, transforming your healthy lunch or dinner choice into a caloric nightmare. Here are five suggestions for choosing toppings wisely:

      Skip the croutons. Croutons are a relatively nutrient-poor source of calories because of their increased calorie density and lack of fiber. Go for a whole grain roll or a few whole grain crackers instead.

    • Salad Topper Tip 2: Choose Nuts

      Choose nuts but limit amount. Nuts contain heart-healthy fiber and monounsaturated fat versus saturated fat found in cheese. Nuts are high in calories, however, so limit your portion to 1-2 tablespoons per salad.

      Bonus Tip: If you add nuts to the salad, reduce the amount of salad dressing you're using to 50 calories or less. Eating a little fat with your salad can actually help your body absorb many of the important vitamins contained in fruits and vegetables.

    • Salad Topper Tip 3: Mix Up Dressing with Salad

      Shake up your dressing. To cut back on dressing without compromising on taste, try putting salad in a plastic container, adding half the amount of dressing you normally use, and shaking to ensure that the smaller amount of dressing covers the entire salad.

      FYI: A Penn State University study found that people who ate a 100-calorie salad (romaine, iceberg, celery, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a little low-fat cheese) as an appetizer ate 12 percent fewer calories of their main course.

    • Salad Topper Tip 4: Serve Dressing on the Side

      Keep salad dressing on the side. Choose whatever dressing you like (yes, even blue cheese dressing is OK) and ask for it on the side. Dip your fork in the dressing prior to each bite and you will get a taste of the dressing while consuming a quarter of the calories.

    • Salad Topper Tip 5: Make Your Own Dressing

      Think outside the bottle. Try making your own dressing using plain fat-free yogurt, lemon juice, or vinegar as the foundation. Or top your salad with salsa, an almost calorie-free food.

    • Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette

      Leafy greens: Mixed greens
      Fruit: Mangoes, cantaloupe, raspberries, apple
      Lean protein: Chicken breast
      Veggie: Green onions

      The mango vinaigrette completes this recipe; consider combining it with the salad by shaking it all together in a bag to distribute it evenly.

    • Glazed-Chicken Spinach Salad

      Leafy greens: Spinach
      Fruit: Apples, lemon peel
      Lean protein: Chicken breast
      Veggie: Leek

      Apples and apple juice add sweetness to this classic salad. Use chicken left over from last night's meal to simplify prep.

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      Asparagus and Shrimp Salad

      Leafy greens: Mixed salad greens
      Fruit: Oranges
      Lean protein: Shrimp
      Veggies: Asparagus, green onions

      This sophisticated salad, which has a zippy citrus finish, offers important nutrients thanks to heart-healthy asparagus.

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      Sesame Chicken Salad

      Leafy greens: European-style salad greens
      Fruit: Orange juice*
      Lean protein: Chicken
      Veggies: Baby corn, green onions, radishes

      Colorful and flavorful, this shredded-chicken salad gets its Asian flavor from rice vinegar, sesame oil, and toasted sesame seeds.

      *Tip: Squeeze fresh orange juice, then add cuts of the leftover orange to the finished salad to get more fruit.

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      Blackberry Salad with Pork

      Leafy greens: Mixed baby greens
      Fruit: Blackberries and/or raspberries, lemon juice
      Lean protein: Pork tenderloin
      Veggie: Grape tomatoes

      Pork always pairs well with ripe berries. Make this treat using fresh fruit or defrost frozen berries for the same nutrition on a tighter budget.

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      Tangy Chicken Salad

      Leafy greens: Lettuce
      Fruit: Red grapes
      Lean protein: Chicken breast
      Veggies: Celery, red onion

      This heart-healthy take on standard chicken salad can be served atop lettuce leaves or made into a sandwich using whole wheat bread.

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      Our Best Summer Salads

      These fresh summer salad recipes are anything but ordinary. Our irresistible combinations of seasonal vegetables and fruits come together with tasty dressings and tangy vinaigrettes for summer salads everyone will love.
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