How I learned – well, am learning – to love salad

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Salad is a smart lo-co choice: lettuce offers important cholesterol-lowering fiber and it can be topped with fresh vegetables and topped off with the crunch of cholesterol-lowering almonds.

The problem is – I have never liked salad.

But I’m warming to it.

The reasons I dislike(d) salad are many.  First and most important, as I’ve posted before, I like my meals hot – and no matter what you do to salad, hot it’s not. Though, topping a salad with strips of hot grilled chicken – or fish – does make it a tad more enticing as a meal.  

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The Salad Surprise

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So there I was, feeling all virtuous about my Sunday dinner planning. My husband and son were having steak and fries but I was going lo-co and making a one-person salad using lettuce from my CSA farm share, topped with warm chicken (which I had roasted 2 days ago!) avocado and tomato.

Nevermind that this plan came together at, oh, 6:30 pm with me getting provisions on the way home from tennis. I’d had all day to plan a healthy dinner – my son’s baseball game was cancelled – but I was busy, OK? Had to upgrade our iPhones to iOS 5.

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Grilled Char and Arugula Salad

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Freshly back from vacation, where my lo-co diet sadly also took a vacation, I was determined to make better food choices.  So after I unpacked and noticed the veritable forest of arugula growing on my deck planter, I searched online for an arugula recipe.

And voila – Cooking Light came through again. Their Arctic Char and Arugula Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette looked intriguing.  And since it was listed in their ‘Eat healthy in 20 minutes…with these superfast, easy main-dish salad recipes,’ I knew I could make this recipe while dealing with mountains of laundry. Woot.

Turns out,

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A hearty dinner salad-Grilled Pork and Nectarines

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Salad for dinner is not usually my thing, but it’s so lo-co so I’m trying. Last night I made Spinach Salad with Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Nectarines, and it was a big hit with entire family. Well, minus the spinach for my son (his plate had pork, nectarines, potatoes and broccoli).  Such a treat to make one main dish all 3 of us declared delicious.

And big bonus: this was fantastic (and easy) to reassemble for lunch the next day. Here’s the review I posted about this dish on Cooking Light:

“Even in the dead of winter,

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The I HATE Salad dinner

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We all know that salad – without too much dressing, of course – is a healthy lunch or dinner choice.

But here’s the trouble.  I don’t really like salad.  I don’t like making it. I don’t like eating it.  For me, salad is just not very appealing.  And for dinner?  Frankly, I find it a bit sad.

But it is a good Lo-Co option.  And it’s easy to get it quickly on the table.  So at 6pm when – again – I have not planned a Lo-Co dinner, I can make a salad for myself and serve my husband and son something totally different,

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