Woohoo! HG has some AWESOME salad ideas for you...
Not too long ago, we whipped up a super Salad Bar Survival Guide chock-full of salady facts. Inspired by the delicious list, we came up with some crave-worthy salad recipe equations, without adding lots of calories or subtracting any flavor. Whether you're at your local salad joint or rummaging through the fridge and pantry, use these ideas to keep from getting caught in a boring salad rut!
3 cups romaine lettuce + 1/2 cup tomatoes + 1/2 cup red pepper strips + 1/4 cup corn niblets + 1/4 cup black beans + 1/2 cup plain chunk-style chicken + 2 tbsp. salsa + 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
This salad will satisfy your craving for a giant honkin' Mexican-inspired meal. And feel free to zazzle it up a little more with some shredded fat-free cheese and/or some crushed baked tortilla chips. Your nutritionals will vary, of course, but this one's so low-cal that even with the extra goodies, it'll still clock in with staggeringly low stats.
3 cups mixed baby greens + 1/2 cup cucumbers + 1/2 cup mushrooms + 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts + 1/4 cup sweet peppers + 1/4 cup garbanzo beans + 1 tbsp. raisins + 2 tbsp. feta cheese + 1 tsp. sunflower seeds + 2 tbsp. fat-free honey mustard dressing
The combo of veggies, feta, raisins, sunflower seeds and more makes this a decadent treat that tastes super-high-cal but isn't. Hate sprouts? Feel free to garnish with a handful of shredded carrots, instead (but please, don't actually use your hand if you're at a salad bar)! Mmmmmm!
3 cups romaine lettuce + 1/2 cup tomatoes + 1/2 cup cucumbers + 1/4 cup chopped eggs + 2 tbsp. imitation bacon bits + 1/4 cup red kidney beans + 1/4 cup plain chunk-style chicken + 2 tbsp. fat-free blue cheese dressing
This Cobb-inspired salad ROCKS! With eggs, bacon bits and blue cheese flavor in every bite, it's hard to believe that this one averages under 300 calories, but it does. Fat-Saving Tip: Use only egg whites and no yolks, and you'll shave 3.5 fat grams and 1 Point off this salad's total tally. Yay!
We're still FLIPPING over Wish-Bone's entire array of Salad Spritzer vinaigrettes. Now that there are SEVEN flavors in the line, there's definitely one to satisfy whatever craving you may have. Among our favorites are the Asian Silk (which is the BEST thing EVER for homemade Asian chicken salads) and the Caesar Delight (which can save you hundreds of calories and dozens of fat grams in your Caesar salad)! These spritzable dressings have just 1 - 2 calories per spray. Insane!