I enjoy having salad, it gives me a perfect opportunity to use new ingredients, load up on fruits and vegetables and put together a quick meal. No one said salad has to be plain or boring. I usually include some form of protein, a variety of greens and make my own dressing.
A typical green salad is low in fat and high in nutritional value. However, adding “wrong” ingredients can jeopardize it and turn your healthy salad into an unhealthy one. Here some tips to remember to keeping it fresh, healthy and low in calories:
1. Don’t use iceberg lettuce only – iceberg lettuce has almost no nutritional value
2. Don’t overload on bacon and croutons – use less and substitute for turkey bacon and homemade croutons made with whole grain bread, seasonings and olive oil.
3. Skip on fried and processed meats
4. Avoid adding extra cheese
5. Don’t drench the salad with dressing
I like making my own dressing, this way I can control what goes into it.
Tonight I made my variation of the Shrimp Cobb Salad and I made enough of it to bring for lunch the next day. How awesome is it to have a great dinner and still be able to enjoy it next day. I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon, added grilled shrimp and made my own low fat buttermilk dressing. Y.U.M.M.Y
Start with peeled shrimp by adding it to a bowl and tossing it with a little olive oil, sprinkle of red pepper flakes and some freshly chopped garlic. Let it sit while you’re preparing the rest.
Meanwhile make your dressing by combining light buttermilk, fresh garlic, vinegar, herbs and a few crumbles of blue cheese in a salad dressing shaker.
Chop romaine lettuce, cut grape tomatoes in half, boil, peel and quarter the eggs, cube an avocado and drain canned corn. Then arrange on a plate as such:
Grill the shrimp.
Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad
- 8 shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3 eggs, hard boiled
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
- 1/2 can yellow corn, drained
- 4 strips turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1. Marinade shrimp in olive oil with garlic and red pepper flakes while you\'re chopping your ingredients
- 2. Arrange tomatoes, avocado, eggs, corn, lettuce and bacon on a platter
- 3. Grill the shrimp, cool a little.
- Serve salad and shrimp together with your favorite dressing