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Summer is almost here and I’m loving it.

I’m not into cold.  Unless it’s a cold bowl of berries and/or a great salad.

I do love my grill and use it more than most and all year round, but I also love the great meals of summer.

Now that my hubby is back to working at least two nights a week and I’m on my own for dinner, I’m finding that I love to make myself a salad.  

My thoughts are that since he needs two meals on those days I make enough salad for my dinner and his lunch the next day.  Then I only have to worry about his second meal.

Salads are great and they can be quite hearty. Plus you can use up leftover bits of roast or any other protein.  They don’t have to be completely vegetarian!  While I do tend to toss in some leftover fish or chicken-you can also bake some tofu in some vinegar and soy sauce and chop it up.  If you love cheese, add some of the more unusual ones to give yourself something different.

My favorite salad is still my spinach with sliced mushrooms, some red onion, chopped tomatoes, dried cranberries and feta cheese with a fat-free raspberry vinaigritte.  I sometimes toss in some toasted pecans or pine nuts if they happen to be in the house.  This salad is so good with some grilled salmon or chicken breast as well.

On occasion, I have been known to add some sliced strawberries or blueberries for a different texture and sweet component.  A cousin loved this salad but prefers to use some gorgonzola or blue cheese.

I personally don’t like to add croutons to my salads as I feel that if I want some carbs, I want a really good whole wheat pita with this or some good artisan bread.  Another tasty addition is sliced avocados!

Salads have been getting a bad rap as having “hidden” calories, but let’s face it-if you‘re making the salad, you have choices to make.  Chose well and you feel full, sated and virtuous.  Chose poorly and you feel, well guilty.

That can be said with any food-with swimsuit season pretty much here-chose well my friends and you will enjoy the skimpy clothes season and you won’t have to go hungry to do so.

Share your favorite summer meals!

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      Mary Clark wrote Jun 8, 2011
    • I love salads too! Now that I have a new way of eating...I have to get in as much protein as possible...so adding chicken to my salads helps me.  

      I did try a very good salad yesterday at Wendy’s...called the Wild Berry Chicken Salad.  Not sure of the calorie content but it was very good.  Very refreshing and it for me..it didn’t hurt my stomach and I didn’t eat it all either...I never do anymore.



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      Kathy Holmes wrote Jun 8, 2011
    • My hubby jokes about how my salads are meals! So true, but I’m a California girl and this is what we do. I think this was a new concept to him, but I do have to be careful not to make the salad too big - lol!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 8, 2011
    • LOL-my hubby knows me.  He won’t take me to any place like Souplantation because he knows I’ll not only make the world’s biggest plate of veggies (nothing w/ mayo or pre-dressed), top it w/ some balsamic and eat the entire thing-only to groan in pain from having demolished it.

      well, I guess if I have to eat a lot of something, veggies are way better than a plate of cookies or a good deal of cake!!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 8, 2011
    • Well I have been in the salad mood too lately and here is what is in mine:

      Lettuce (mixed kinds)
      sunflower seeds (shelled)
      sliced raw almonds
      carrot shreds
      cucumbers
      tomatoes
      and sometimes crumbled cheeze
      some vinargerette type dressing

      but i also love walnuts, strawberries and blue cheeze crumbles thrown over lettuce...YUM!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 8, 2011
    • If I have cukes in the house, I do add them.  dh isn’t all that fond of them unless I make a quick sweet pickle out of them-I use splenda and either cider or white vinegar-equal amounts.  a couple of hours and they‘re good to serve.  refreshing too.

      I love carrots-but since I usually have them with some celery and/or jicama for lunch w/ hummus-I tend to try other veggies in the salad.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 10, 2011
    • sounds like a great meal!  last night, we didn’t eat a salad as a main course, but I did make a pretty good Peanut Thai peanut dressing for our cole slaw!



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