Tuesday, January 16, 2007

South Beach Phase One Recipes: Five Great Salads For Your Lunch

When I started categorizing my recipe into some kind of archives where people could actually find a recipe if they were looking for it, I was astounded at how many salad recipes I had. I like salad, and of course I knew salad was a great South Beach Diet food, but truly I had no idea I'd eaten so many salads. Since I'm doing phase one recipes this month, I thought it would be fun to share a few salad recipes from the archives you might like to try. Those of you who aren't doing phase one, go ahead and have some garlic bread with your salad!

When you heard the word salad, didn't you know feta cheese was going to be involved? I'm nuts about feta, and this American Greek Salad is one of my favorite lunches, especially with blue cheese dressing, which isn't Greek, but sure tastes good with the feta cheese!

Lots of these photos are with my old camera, and this picture of Warm Salmon Asparagus Salad isn't the greatest, but don't let that stop you, because this is just delicious. If it's not summer, just use a stove-top cast-iron grill pan to cook your salmon.

If you're making grilled chicken for dinner, cook extra chicken and then make this Leftover Chicken Asian Chopped Salad. This one has chicken, snow peas, red peppers, and cashews with a tangy Asian dressing.

Another Salad with leftover chicken, and Asian Spinach Salad with Chicken, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Almonds has a lot of good things going on.

Finally, a salad that's a bit out of the ordinary. I made this Tomato, Olive, and Egg Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette when my nephew Jake was at my house doing laundry one summer day, and he gave it a thumbs up. If you like hard-boiled eggs, this one is a keeper.

There you go, five yummy salads that anyone would enjoy having for lunch, diet or no diet. For other salad ideas, check out the Salads section in the recipe archives. (Check the notation after each recipe title to see which phase of the diet that recipe is suitable for.)
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  1. I have a salad every day for lunch and so this is a very welcome post. Thank you!

  2. Hey Kalyn!

    I am so looking forward to warmer weather - and salads! Greek style is one of my all-time favorites, and yours looks delicious.

  3. How can you beat any dish with Salmon?

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  6. MyM, you're very welcome!

    Karina, I'm longing for summer too! I'd have to say Greek Salad is one of the foods I've loved the longest.

    Bill, agreed, salmon is fab in any dish.

    Anonymous, I know you mean well, but I don't want a link to the article about the students here, because while their parents have given permission for them to be in the paper, they have not given permission for them to be on my blog. So thanks for the thought, but I thought I should delete it.

  7. Lovely salads. I can't wait until spring for the lettuce and asparagus and summer for the tomatoes.
    Don't you wonder why they're not around at the same time?

  8. Hi Kayln,

    My husband and I are just starting SB today and I was thrilled to find your Blog.

    Your recipes look great and I'm sure they will really help us stick to the plan. I love to cook so I will be checking your Blog often. This is my first post to anything online so you can see how excited I am.

  9. Nellie, cool. Welcome, and good luck on South Beach. Be careful, the internet can take over your life!

  10. I love feta cheese as well. It makes a plain salad so yummy!

  11. Kristen, I am so with you on that one!

  12. What a great selection of salads!

  13. Yum! I want to try all of these now! I love Greek salad but I make the British Greek version!


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