Health Talk Today

What’s For Dinner? Salad

Lettuce, tomato and cucumber. That makes a salad. But, it’s pretty boring. And if it’s topped with a creamy dressing, it could be packed with empty calories.

I love salad and often make one for dinner.

Some of my favorite ingredients are . . .

  • Romaine hearts (more nutrition than iceberg lettuce)
  • Round or plum tomatoes
  • Cucumbers (I prefer the English or “gourmet” type)
  • Chicken or turkey (white meat has less fat)
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Broccoli (sauteed in olive oil)
  • Asparagus (sauteed in olive oil)
  • Cauliflower (lightly steamed)
  • Snow peas (sauteed in olive oil)
  • Baby green peas (frozen and uncooked)
  • Scallions and sweet onions
  • Red, yellow and green peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Black olives (sliced thin)
  • Water chestnuts
  • Parsley
  • Sunflower seeds (plain or quickly sauteed in olive oil)
  • Soy bacon bits
  • Olive oil (extra virgin and cold pressed)
  • Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (just enough to add some zip)

Almost any combination of these salad ingredients makes a healthy, nutritious dinner.

Marilyn Kvasnok

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