Monday, November 06, 2006

Thanksgiving on the South Beach Diet: Serve a Salad That Wows Them

Hearts of Palm Salad would be great for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is approaching, the time when seriously overeating becomes a national pastime in the U.S. If you're a South Beach Dieter, you may be wondering how you can make it through the holiday without completely blowing your diet. From now until the big turkey day, I'm going to be offering some ideas for Thanksgiving Recipes that are a bit more South Beach Diet friendly than some of the more traditional Thanksgiving foods.

Last week I shared my personal philosophy about dieting on a holiday, which is to indulge a little in one or two of your personal "must have" foods for that holiday, and then choose more diet-friendly choices for the rest of the meal. I offered Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar as an alternative for traditional sugar and butter laden candied yams, and Alanna's Roasted Cauliflower as a possible alternative to potatoes. Today I'm spotlighting some special salads that will wow your guests and no one will know they're eating diet food.  Let's start with Hearts of Palm Salad from the Silver Spoon (shown above), which is a delicious salad with avocado, Boston lettuce, hearts of palm, and pine nuts tossed in a lemony dressing. This is unique and delicious.

Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola has broccoli, radishes, blue cheese dressing, and crumbled Gorgonzola. It's an unusual blend of sophisticated flavors that really works.

Arugula and Gorgonzola with Balsamic Vinaigrette is the type of "less is more" salad where the sum greatly exceeds the parts. Think sharp arugula, smooth Gorgonzola, and slightly sweet balsamic vinegar, all combined into a fabulous salad.

Crunchy Chopped Salad with Gorgonzola has the crunch of carrots, celery, cucumbers and radishes with romaine lettuce, blue cheese dressing, and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. This got good reviews from several readers who tried the recipe.

Finally, not every family would consider feta cheese to be Thanksgiving dinner fare, but in my family this would get a good reception. Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, Olives and Feta with Basil Vinaigrette is a delicious combination of unusual ingredients that would be great for a special occasion.

There you have five options for Thanksgiving dinner salads that may help you stick to your diet this Thanksgiving. More Thanksgiving ideas to come in the next few weeks.

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  1. Hey Kalyn, FYI, later today I'm putting up Dr's Kitchen Monday with a repost of the Balsamic Sauce with a link back to both my hake and scallops and your salmon, and all of our photos, okey dokey? If not, speak now or forever hold your peas. :-)

  2. Glenna, sounds great! I'll check it out.

  3. Maryam in MarrakeshNovember 6, 2006 at 9:59 AM

    Kalyn, that hearts of palm salad and the arugala salad sound absolutely delicious. Not sure that I can get hearts of palm except from in can here in Morocco. Is that okay?

  4. Maryam, the hearts of palm I use here come in a jar, but a can would be fine. I've never had it fresh hearts of palm, but I do love them.

  5. Thanks for all of those Kalyn. As we get older, the shock of high fat meals on the arteries is scary! So, these posts your doing could be life saving for many people.

  6. Any of these salads would be welcome on my Thanksgiving table Kalyn. My company would't think they were missing a thing! Thanks!

  7. I'm the salad and vegetable girl this Thanksgiving, so these will come in handy.

  8. Hey I'm closely following all your posts. This is really helpful and am waiting eagerly for your next post. Thanks and keep up the good work!!!

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