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Friday Five:  Low Calorie Ways to Spice Up a Salad

I love a good salad and lately they have been my go to for lunches. However when I am reaching for salad for a meal, I want volume, and I mean real volume. I just don’t feel satisfied with a small, dainty salad as a meal. I want one packed with ingredients so it feels like I am eating a lot. So I tend to add tons of veggies and then lots of add ins to make it interesting, filling, and voluminous. Here are some of my favorites, what are yours?

1. Olives: 10 olives, 37 calories, 1 PointsPlus®

I love the saltiness and texture of olives in virtually any salad and you can eat a lot of them for under 40 calories. Pretty amazing. I find they add a ton of flavor and depth, and with good olives they can almost serve as a dressing. My favorites usually come from the olive bar since it let’s me mix and match lots of different kinds.

2. Crumbled Reduced Fat Goat or Feta Cheese: 2 tbsp, 35 calories 1 PointsPlus®

I love any type of crumbly cheese on my salad, but my two favorites are goat cheese and feta cheese. You can add two tablespoons, which is actually plenty, to any salad to add a ton of flavor. With the olives above, and a squeeze of lemon juice, you really don’t even need dressing.

3. Sunflower Seeds: 1 tbsp, 37 calories, 1 PointsPlus®

I like to add some nuttiness and added protein to a salad by tossing in some sunflower seeds. The key is to toast them in a saute pan before adding them so the flavor deepens. And don’t be worried about the serving size – 1 tbsp is actually a ton of sunflower seeds.

4. Marinated Veggies: calories vary, 0-1 PointsPlus® per serving

There are jars and cans of low points veggies in my cabinet just for salads. Depending on the salad, I add different ones that I think complement or enhance the flavor. My favorites – roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, pickled green beans, and pickled beets. Just make sure to buy veggies packed in water to keep the points value low.

5. Fresh fruit: calories varies, 0 1 PointsPlus®

Lastly, I just love fresh fruit in my salads, and I use just about everything. Strawberries, blueberries, apples, fresh peaches, jicama, pineapple. I use it all.

Also I have recently received a few questions about packing salads to go, I use this container and love it. Mason jars can also work great.

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