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Life After Lettuce: Our Best Salad Recipes

  • Joseph Deleo

    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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  • Joseph Deleo

    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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  • Peter Krumhardt

    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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  • Colleen Duffley

    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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  • Evan Sklar

    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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  • Tina Rupp

    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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  • Amy Kalyn Sims

    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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  • Charles Schiller

    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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