Simple Kitchen: Green and healthy
By Errin Stevenson
June 3, 2008 | Salads are a great way to slim down,
stay in shape and get ready for all the weddings, reunions
and swimsuit time. But, not all salads are actually
good for you. Some salads are worse than a hamburger.
So, be careful and watch what is actually in your salad.
Slow down on the dressing and speed up the fruits and
vegetables is my theory. Also, look for the dark colors
in fruits and vegetables. They are usually the richest
A great salad I love is a simple spinach salad. Spinach
is full in vitamins such as A & C. It also is rich in
calcium, iron and potassium. These dark green leaves
are a perfect way to perfection.
Simple spinach salad
1 bag of baby leave spinach (washed)
1ž2 qt. strawberries, washed and sliced
1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
1 2.25 bag of slivered almonds, candied
Bag of craisins
Purple grapes, washed and halved
To candy your almonds, add 2 T of butter into a saucepan
and melt. Then add your almonds and 1-2 T. of white
sugar. Toss and coat. Once the almonds become slightly
brown remove quickly from saucepan and lay on plate.
In a large salad bowl, add spinach. Then add fruits,
almonds and craisins and toss together. You can really
add as little or as much of the ingredients as you would
For dressing, I do not add a dressing directly on
top of the salad. For, I would eat more dressing if
I did so. Instead, I place the dressing to the side
of the salad in a separate bowl and let each individual
add as much dressing as they would like. Light vinaigrette
at a store would do. Strawberry vinaigrette is very
good on this salad.
To make this salad more as a meal, you can serve it
with whole wheat toasted bread and chicken. A simple
chicken marinade that is wonderful with this salad is
(By Tara Hatch)
1 c. sprite
1 c. Italian dressing
1ž2 c. soy sauce
Marinate for 12 hours and grill.
This dinner is simple, wonderful, healthy and delicious!