5 Ways to Make Salad

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1. Spread it out thin and spritz it

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For this Berry Spritzer Salad we spread the lettuce out on a big platter and spritzed with Italian dressing. Then we topped with berries and toasted nuts.

2. Heat and toss

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Veggie Stir Fry Salad - We made a veggie stir fry and tossed with fresh spinach - it is served warm and was a staff favorite - even by teenagers!

3. Toss and top

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Spinach Honey Mustard Yogurt Salad - We made dressing with yogurt, honey, mustard and vinegar, tossed it with spinach and then topped it with goodies that include: apples, oranges, red onion and toasted nuts.

4. Toss it all

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Spring or Summer Tossed Salad - Here is a spring or summer salad - made with a variety of fresh ingredients and then tossed with a tiny drizzle of olive oil, lemon and fresh parsley.

5. Make it a dinner

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Lentil Rice Garden Salad - This is one of my favorite recipes of all times - it has lentils and rice, fresh lettuce, olive oil, lemon, parsley, grated carrots and a string of balsamic glaze over the top.

You can buy the balsamic glaze ready made or it is easy to make it yourself: Take 2 cups of balsamic vinegar and simmer lightly for 20 minutes on the top of the stove until you have about 1/2-3/4 of a cup - less than half the amount left. The vinegar will be thick so it can lightly cover the back of a spoon. Cool and store covered at room temperature until ready to use. It is great on salads or in marinades.

Those are 5 of the ways we just finished making 25 salads in 2 days! And wow - when you want to be creative you can go miles beyond.

What is our secret?

MIS EN PLACE - everything it its place - when you prepare all ingredients ahead of time, the salad, or meal you are preparing, goes together quickly and easily. Cleanup is a snap.

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And what are 3 Easy Ways to Keep Salad Healthy? Hint: think IN, OUT, OUT!

1. Put lots of healthy ingredients IN - vegetables, dark leafy greens, herbs, flavored vinegars,

2. Keep high-fat items OUT - these include high-fat dressings, cheese, croutons, deli meat and mayonnaise salads

3. Keep sodium OUT - high sodium items include dressing, cheese, croutons, deli meat and mayonnaise salads

BONUS: keep them interesting and varied so you eat more every day!

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