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Salads That Boost Your Energy

Written on May 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm , by

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Sherry vinaigrette over arugla with red peppers. Photo courtesy of Dole Salads.

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD

You’ve just eaten lunch and BAM—the desire to take a nap hits you like a ton of bricks. If your mid-day meals are dragging you down, swap in one of these energizing salads instead of your usual fare.

With the help of The Dole Taste of Spain Salads,  I have posted 31 salad recipes throughout May. Below are the final 5 delicious salads, each focused on giving you a shot of natural energy to get the most out of your day.

Sherry Vinaigrette Salad w/ Serrano Ham Breadsticks & Roasted Red Peppers

ENERGY BOOST: Red Peppers. The vitamin C in red peppers helps absorb iron in greens for healthy red blood cells – which carry energizing oxygen throughout the body.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pkg. (5 oz.) DOLE® Spring Mix
  • 8 pieces roasted red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 8 paper thin slices Serrano ham or Prosciutto
  • 8 thin breadsticks

Sherry Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper (optional)

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Make dressing: Whisk together sherry vinegar, shallot and Dijon mustard. Slowly whisk in olive oil until blended. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. (Makes about 3/4 cup.)
  2. Toss spring mix with sherry vinaigrette to taste; add roasted red peppers.
  3. Place piece of ham on a flat work surface, such as a cutting board. Wrap tightly around a breadstick. Repeat with remaining breadsticks.
  4. Divide salad evenly among plates; place 2 ham breadsticks on each plate. Drizzle with additional dressing, if desired. Serve immediately.
Serves 4. Serving size: 1/4 recipe. 290 calories and 23g fat per serving.

Here are more Energizing Salad recipes:

1. Romaine Salad with Orange, Feta & Beans
ENERGY BOOST: Beans. Their high fiber & protein content work to regulate blood sugar to prevent energy spikes & crashes.

2. Nouveau Nicoise
ENERGY BOOST: Potatoes. Their unprocessed, smart carb content gives a dose of time-released energy.

3. Arugula & Avocado Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
ENERGY BOOST: Grapefruit. Its high water content hydrates and its fresh, invigorating flavor acts as a natural perk-me-up.

4. Grilled Shrimp Salad with Green Tea Citrus Dressing
ENERGY BOOST: Green Tea. The caffeine in green tea provides a subtle, gentle energy without a jittery side effect.

About the Author: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports nutrition based in Chicago. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Dawn is working with Dole throughout the month of May to inspire more salad eating.

Summer Entertaining Salads

Written on May 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm , by

Photo courtesy of Dole Salads.

Grilled peaches and goat cheese are mixed into this yummy spinach salad. Photo courtesy of Dole Salads.

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD

You know the usual suspects at all the backyard barbeque: burgers, chicken, potato salad, chips and dip. Add a pop of creativity—and health—to your next summer soiree by throwing together a colorful veggie-inspired salad.

With the help of The Dole Taste of Spain Salads, I am posting 31 salad recipes throughout the month of May—enough for a different salad every day. This week, the 7 featured recipes are perfect for summer entertaining and sharing with friends.

Below are salad recipes and some healthy entertaining tips to give your party a punch of flavor, creativity and nutrition. Enjoy!

Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches & Goat Cheese


ENTERTAINING TIP: Serve grilled fruit in a salad and/or as a dessert with a scoop of fro-yo. Fruits that grill well include peaches, plums, nectarines, pineapple and bananas.
INGREDIENTS

  • 3 peaches, halved and pitted
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 package (6 ounces) DOLE Baby Spinach
  • 6 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill (or grill pan) over medium heat.
  2. Mist peaches with cooking spray.
  3. Grill peaches flesh side down for 4 minutes (until grill marks appear & they easily come off grill grates).
  4. Flip and grill another 3 minutes (until tender).
  5. Let peaches cool and then cut each peach half into 6 slices.
  6. Toss spinach with vinegar, salt and pepper. Top with peaches, goat cheese and pecans.

Serves 6. Serving size: 1.5 cups. 110 calories and 6g fat per serving.

Here are  more Summer Entertaining Salad recipes. Check back next week for a new round of salads!

Toasted Pita & Bean Salad
ENTERTAINING TIP: Have a vegetarian option for those with special dietary needs. This is a filling veggie-friendly salad for your non-meat eating guests.

Mexican Coleslaw
ENTERTAINING TIP: Serve slaw as a side on its own or as a nutritious & crunchy burger or fish taco topper.

Grilled Smokey Eggplant Salad 
ENTERTAINING TIP: Get your veggies party-ready by dressing them up with flavorful herbs & spices – this salad uses smoky paprika for a Spanish-flare.

Banh Mi Chopped Salad 
ENTERTAINING TIP: Entertain guests with an Asian inspired salad – have chopsticks available for those who want a more interactive & authentic experience.

Tempeh Taco Salad 
ENTERTAINING TIP: Lighten up your fiesta by serving a taco salad instead of tacos. Tempeh is a simple & healthy vegetarian swap for ground beef.

Orzo Salad with Artichoke, Tomato, Red Onion & Capers
ENTERTAINING TIP: Change up your standard pasta salad by swapping to a different pasta shape & vary your veggies. This recipe uses orzo pasta tossed with Mediterranean flavors.

About the Author: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports nutrition based in Chicago. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Dawn is working with Dole throughout the month of May to inspire more salad eating.

Superfood Salads

Written on May 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by

Enjoy a taste of spain in this superfood salad! Photo courtesy of DOLE.

Enjoy a taste of Spain in this superfood salad! Photo courtesy of DOLE.

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD

Superfoods help keep us healthy and youthful. They potentially fight diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease and may even help slow the aging process. So what better foods to toss into your salads?

With the help of The Dole Taste of Spain Salads, I am posting 31 salad recipes throughout the month of May — enough for a different salad every day. This week, the 7 featured recipes have a Mediterranean vibe and are packed with suprfoods.

These salads are high in flavor, easy on the waistline and will supercharge your health and energy so you can enjoy all the activities summer has to offer from volleyball to paddle boarding to playing frisbee on the beach.

Southern Spanish Market Salad

SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: Avocado. Avocados are worshiped for their heart healthy unsaturated fat, filling fiber (14 grams per avocado!) and essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K and folate.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 package (11.3 oz.) DOLE All-Natural Ultimate Caesar Kit
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 avocado, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium bell pepper, cut into short thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 anchovy fillets (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, combine all DOLE® All-Natural Ultimate Caesar Kit ingredients except Caesar Dressing. Add olives, avocado, bell pepper, balsamic vinegar and toss with dressing.
  2. Transfer salad to shallow bowls or plates and garnish each with an anchovy fillet, if desired.
  3. Family Friendly Suggestion: So you’re a poultry person…no problem! Try swapping anchovies for a half-cup of pulled or diced cooked chicken to add extra protein that pairs just as easily with olives, cheery bell peppers and balsamic.

Serves 4. Serving size: 1/4 salad. 252 calories and 19g fat per serving.

Here are  more Superfood Salad recipes. Check back next week for a new round of salads!

Seville Potato Verde

SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: Potatoes. Potatoes contain resistant starch, which is a compound that works overtime to help you feel fuller longer. Also, potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium.

Raspberry Avocado & Mango 

SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: Raspberries. Raspberries are loaded with anti-cancer and anti-inflammation compounds. Plus they are a low-cal, high nutrition way to curb a sweet tooth.

Beet Salad w/ Citrus Goat Cheese

SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: Beets. Thanks to a unique pigment, called betalain, biting into a beet provides antioxidants, reduces inflammation and may help flush toxins out of the body. Beets are also rich in blood pressure lowering nitrates.

Crunchy Broccoli Salad

SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: Broccoli. Raw broccoli provides high amounts of immune-boosting vitamin C and bone-beneficial vitamin K.

Endless Summer 3-Bean Salad

SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: Beans. Beans provide protein, heart smart fiber and energy enhancing iron. Beans also help keep cholesterol in check and blood sugar balanced.

Caprese Chopped Salad 

SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: Tomatoes. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants (particularly the trifecta of carotinoids: lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin) which may improve the health of particularly your eyes and heart.

About the Author: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports nutrition based in Chicago. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Dawn is working with Dole throughout the month of May to inspire more salad eating.

Super-Satisfying Salads

Written on May 7, 2013 at 9:55 am , by

Garden Tapas with Tuna Salad

Enjoy a complete, satisfying salad so that you’re not hungry later. Photo courtesy of Dole Salads.

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD

As summer approaches, we start craving fresh foods. Hello healthy salad season—and just in time to help us slim down for summer!

With the help of Dole Salads, I am posting 31 delicious and simple salad recipes throughout the month of May—enough for a different salad every day.

Here’s the thing about salad: If you make one that’s too light, you’ll be hungry in an hour. But add the wrong ingredients, and your salad can have more calories and fat than a burger and fries. The trick to making a healthy salad that’s a satisfying meal is in the ratio of ingredients.

This the general equation for the perfect entrée salad:

2-3 cups veggies
+
3/4 cup or 3 ounces cooked protein
(~150 calories; beans, egg, turkey, tuna, etc.)
+
3/4 cup cooked grain or starchy carb
(~150 calories; brown rice, whole grain pita, quinoa, baguette, etc.)
+
2-3 Tablespoons fat
(~100 calories; dressing, cheese, nuts, etc.)

Each of this week’s salads has the perfect ratio of ingredients to fill you up without weighing you down. Try one for dinner tonight!

Garden Tapas with Tuna
Who says a salad has to be served in a bowl? This one is served on top of thinly sliced baguette pieces…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package (6 oz.) DOLE Tender Garden, coarsely chopped
  • 2 (2.6 oz.) pouches chunk tuna or 1 (5 oz.) can chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimento
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons bottled capers, drained
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, coarsely chopped
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 (8 oz.) baguette French bread, cut into 12 slices, toasted
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, mix and toss all ingredients together thoroughly, except baguette. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.
  2. Top bread slices with salad mixture.
  3. Transfer to plates and season with fresh pepper, if desired.

Serves 4. Serving size: 1/4 salad. 317 calories and 7g fat per serving.

Here are  more Super-Satisfying Salad recipes. Check back next week for a new round of salads!

About the Author: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports nutrition based in Chicago. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Dawn is working with Dole throughout the month of May to inspire more salad eating.

Flat-Belly Salads

Written on May 1, 2013 at 11:30 am , by

watermelon salad to lose weight

Reach your weight loss goals with a tasty watermelon salad. Photo by Laura Georgy, RD.

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD

Happy May! Beach season is right around the corner, so now’s the time to get bikini ready with some delicious and nutritious salad recipes. That’s right—you can eat your way to flatter abs!

With the help of Dole salads and in honor of National Salad Month, I am going to give you yummy, healthy and simple salad recipes every week this month for a total of 31 recipes—enough for a different salad every day. You’ll give your taste buds a treat (no boring salads here!), get more veggies and reach your better-body goals.

Each of the salads below has ingredients proven to help you slim down and fight belly fat. Dig in and you’ll be rocking a two-piece on the beach in no time!

Blue Watermelon Feta Salad
Flat-Belly Ingredient Spotlight: Watermelon
Watermelon has high water content and research shows foods with high water content may help you naturally eat hundreds less calories per meal.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 bag (5oz) Dole arugula
  • 1 cup cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix lime juice, onion and feta until combined.
  2. Toss with arugula.
  3. Top with watermelon and blueberries.
  4. Culinary Notes: Mixing the lime juice with the onions mellows the onions’ flavor. For a quick dressing anytime, mix your favorite citrus juice with your favorite shredded/crumbled cheese.

Serves 2. Serving size: 3 cups. 130 calories and 5g fat per serving.

Here are  four more Flat-Belly Salad recipes. Check back next week for a new round of salads!

Mango Salad with Ginger Raisin Vinaigrette
Flat-Belly Ingredient Spotlight: Red Wine Vinegar
Vinegar at meals may help increase feelings of fullness, decrease calorie intake by about 70 calories per meal, improve blood sugars after meals and lead to less body fat over time.

Fresh Fruit Salad with Baby Spinach and Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing
Flat-Belly Ingredient Spotlight: Pineapple
Pineapple contains bromelain, which improves digestion and decreases post-meal bloating.

Granada Seafood Salad
Flat-Belly Ingredient Spotlight: Sardines
Sardines contain omega-3 fat which may control appetite, increase calorie burning and decrease the amount of fat your body stores.

Spinach Salad w/ Thousand Island Yogurt Dressing
Flat-Belly Ingredient Spotlight: Mushrooms
Mushrooms are the only plant-based source of vitamin D, which research suggests may aid in the loss of belly fat.

About the Author: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports nutrition based in Chicago. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Dawn is working with Dole throughout the month of May to inspire more salad eating.