Salad Recipes – Tips For Tasty Toppings

Losing weight but losing interest in your same-old, same-old salad recipes?

Jazz up your summer bowl of salad greens (and keep shedding those pounds) by experimenting with tasty new toppings that are low or moderately low in calorie density. See our tips below.

Healthy salad recipes from the Pritikin Cooking School

Put a new spin on your salads with these tantalizing toppers.

Salad Recipes – Thinking Outside the Salad Bowl

  • Cut-up baby red potatoes (Are roasted potatoes from last night’s dinner sitting in the fridge? Toss them into today’s salad.)
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Corn kernels
  • Sliced radishes (for a nice peppery pop)
  • Shelled edamame
  • Sliced fruit, like pears, apples, and mangoes
  • Summer-fresh berries, like blueberries and strawberries
  • Grilled salmon (Again, leftovers from last night’s dinner make great toppings for your salad the following day. Try with our Pritikin Chefs’ Balsamic Orange Vinaigrette.)
  • Roasted garlic, thinly sliced (a nice, savory richness for your salad)
  • Wild rice, quinoa, or other whole grains (Make up a big batch on Sunday and spoon into your salads throughout the week.)
  • Beans, like pinto, garbanzo, and cannellini beans
  • Gigande beans (giant white beans) tossed with sliced celery, green onions, and Italian parsley, and blended with Pritikin Caesar Dressing and baby greens
  • Wheat berries (lots of good crunch)
  • Fresh basil (especially nice with a deep balsamic vinegar)
  • Nonfat ricotta cheese (a little goes a long way)
  • Torn-up hard boiled egg whites (meaty and creamy)
  • Scallions
  • Napa cabbage
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Little squares of seared tofu
  • New partnerships, like fresh tomatoes and glorious, summer peaches over crispy romaine
  • Roasted beets
  • Red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • Fennel, thinly sliced (for sweet licorice notes)

The point here is: Don’t give up on your salad recipes. Just get a little more creative. Eating big (really big) salads truly is the way to enjoy a lot of good food, feel nice and full, and keep your total calorie count for the day to a minimum.

Bottom Line: Super-sized salads will create a much smaller-sized you.

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