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Life After Lettuce: Our Best Salad Recipes

Are you sick of that Caesar salad you get every day? Look forward to your lunch hour with these creative salad recipes. They're delicious enough to make you forget you're eating healthy.

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Romaine and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette
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Steak Salad with Lemon-Walnut Vinaigrette and Whole-Grain Roll

Have your steak and eat it too -- but instead of having a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, add it to a salad with super-healthy ingredients like lemons and walnuts for an immunity-boosting meal.

Nutrition facts per serving:

517 calories
32g total fat
33g carbohydrate
31g protein

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Greek Salad with Pita Croutons

This easy-to-make salad is a great go-to option if you're craving Greek food. It features protein-rich chickpeas and has more than 100 percent of your daily recommended serving of vitamin C.

Nutrition facts per serving:

525 calories
23g total fat
69g carbohydrate
18g protein

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Grilled Chicken and Rice Salad

Why is it good and easy? The ingredients of this salad fight cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. With antioxidant-rich artichokes, carrots full of carotenes, and cabbages with phytonutrients, this salad is loaded with health benefits.

Nutrition facts per serving:

4 servings per recipe
305 calories
8g total fat
50mg cholesterol
541mg sodium
29g carbohydrate
26g protein

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Tuna Salad Nicoise

It'll be just like you're having lunch in the south of France with this salad that's low in calories and high in protein. Plus, tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids that help protect your heart and give you healthier-looking skin, so you'll look like you've been lounging by the Mediterranean all summer.

Nutrition facts per serving:

4 servings per recipe
288 calories
10g total fat
51mg cholesterol
413mg sodium
20g carbohydrate
30g protein

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Arugula-Fennel Salad with Pear Vinaigrette

Get a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables all in one easy-to-make salad. The pears in this salad are refreshing and they provide an excellent source of soluble fiber. The fennel contains potassium and calcium, which makes this salad good for your heart.

Nutrition facts per serving:

4 servings per recipe 217 calories 11g total fat 6mg cholesterol 282mg sodium 28g carbohydrate 6g protein

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Three-Bread Salad

Serve this Italian-inspired salad with a piece of grilled or sauteed chicken and you have yourself a healthy and easy meal. You can prepare the vinaigrette ahead of time and chill so it's ready to splash on your salad.

Nutrition facts per serving:

6 side-dish servings per recipe
269 calories
16g total fat
7mg cholesterol
599mg sodium
24g carbohydrate
9g protein

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Orange-Pistachio Wild Rice Salad

You can pair this zesty salad to a piece of grilled fish or sauteed chicken for a filling, but light, meal. Plus, it's only 250 calories per serving. Make it ahead and have it for lunch or dinner throughout the week.

Nutrition facts per serving:

6 servings per recipe
250 calories
10g total fat
33g carbohydrate
7g protein

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Barbecue Chicken Chop Salad

Swap that burger with this healthier option. Each serving provides more than 2.5 cups of vegetable servings -- 100 percent of the recommended daily goal. And at 337 calories per serving, this could be an excellent dinner entree.

Nutrition facts per serving:

4 servings per recipe
337 calories
13g total fat
27g carbohydrate
30g protein

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Spinach Salad with Strawberries

A great source of protein and antioxidants, this is a salad that tastes good and makes you feel good, too. It's rich in iron, a blood strengthener and an energy booster. Plus iron is better absorbed when paired with vitamin C, as in the strawberries.

Nutrition facts per serving:

1 serving per recipe
397 calories
22g total fat
36g carbohydrate
18g protein

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Marinated Garden Lentil Salad Pita

This pita salad is packed in ingredients rich in protein and folic acid, and it has 60 percent of the recommended daily value of fiber. "The plant-based protein in the lentils is quick and easy since it requires no cooking but rather is just rinsed and drained from a can," according to Dawn Jackson Blatner RD, LDN. "Good for a time-crunch meal."

Nutrition facts per serving:

1 serving per recipe 396 calories 11g total fat 64g carbohydrate 15g fiber 16g protein

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Romaine and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette

A unique blend of Mediterranean and California flavors are in every mouthful of this salad. The 26 grams of fat per serving in this salad is good for your heart. Plus, here, again, is fennel, which can help with digestion and post-meal bloating, helpful when you're eating a diet rich in high-fiber veggies, says Blatner.

Nutrition facts per serving:

4 servings per recipe
321 calories
26g total fat
21g carbohydrate
4g protein

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Healthy Salad Dressings

Spice up a boring salad without adding tons of calories using these healthy salad dressings.

Recipes developed by Zoe Singer

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, June 2008.

Sweet Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing

Spicy Peanut Dressing

Yogurt-Dill Dressing

Caesar Dressing

Ranch Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Lemon-Dijon Dressing

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

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