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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.


  • 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)


  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.

Face Off: 3 Popular Supplements Go Head-to-Head

Written on February 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm , by


Photo by iStock.

By Margaret Badore for DietsInReview.com

Can a concentrated dose of one of these “super” plants really help you lose weight? Our experts tend to say not likely, at least not anything long term. However, the growing popularity of raspberry ketones (since Dr. Oz’s “miracle fat burner” endorsement last week) has us looking back at some of the biggest supplement fads in recent years.

Here, we take a look at three supplements that promise weight loss: raspberry ketone, hoodia and acai.

Raspberry Ketone 

This supplement recently got major attention when Dr. Oz touted raspberry ketone as a fat-burner that can help anyone lose weight. Although scarce in nature, the synthetic raspberry ketone is relatively inexpensive. The supplement is basically a stimulant that works by increasing the body’s production of norepinepherine and adiponectin. Norepinepherine boosts metabolism by raising the body’s temperature, while adiponectin makes glucose less likely to be stored. However, there haven’t been any controlled studies on humans showing that these effects result in weight loss. “Like other diet pills that have an effect on body temperature and metabolism I would think that these products would only be effective for a short period of time and would eventually have to be discontinued,” says Dr. Sarah G. Khan, DietsInReview’s resident pharmacist.

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