Quick and Easy Salads

During my own personal weight loss journey I learned to love salads. They are easy to prepare, full of nutrients, and a whole lot of bang for your buck calorie-wise! Salads also help me to decipher if I am experiencing hunger versus a craving…Whenever I am really hungry a big bowl of greens will do the trick, when if it was a craving, ice cream would be all that I hungered for. Throughout my years of enjoying salads for almost every dinner that I consume, I have found a few that have stuck out as favorites. Today I thought I would share them with you. Enjoy!

Salmon Salad
Combine these ingredients for a nutritious seafood meal:
Mixed greens, Trader Joe’s Just Salmon, brown rice, chopped onion, cilantro, persian cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, dijon mustard and some fresh lemon

Sweet Pear and Berry Salad
Mix together and serve for a sweet treat:
Mixed greens and spinach leaves, blueberries, pears, strawberries, fat-free feta, grilled chicken breast, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette spray dressing

Savory ‘Taco’ Salad
Set up ingredients in an assembly-line style and let guests pick and choose how much to add to their bowl:
Chopped romaine, sliced tomatoes, onions, shredded cabbage, bell peppers, chicken pieces, mini carrots, pico de gallo salsa, fat-free ranch
Can be served with corn tortillas below the salad topping for a more taco-like feel.

Chopped Veggie Salad
Mix these delicious foods up for a colorful, super meal:
Cucumbers, roma tomatoes, onions, shrimp, minced garlic, bell peppers, mushrooms, snow peas, spinach greens, chopped carrots, celery, fat-free balsamic dressing
Mix chopped components in with some tofu noodles for some more volume!

Jessica Hummel, Nutrition Counselor at Malibu Resort