Friday, March 23, 2007

South Beach Recipes of the Week #27: Salads for Spring

Some weeks seem like they just fly by. I can hardly believe it's time again for South Beach Recipes of the Week, those healthy, low-glycemic, and delicious-looking recipes I find on great food blogs and spotlight. For me, this week's all about the arrival of Spring, and when Spring gets here, people start thinking more about salads. (If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, my condolences!)

I've always loved salads, but I was a bit surprised a while back when I realized Salads is by far the biggest and one of the most used categories in my own recipe archives. Apparently a lot of other people like salad too. Here are four fabulous salads I found, and I bet you'll agree they sound great, whether you care about the South Beach Diet or not. Do give them a try.

(Edit added 3-25: I just noticed this should have been South Beach Recipes of the Week #28, but it's too late to change the number now or it will change the permalink, so hopefully not too many people will think I'm going crazy.)

Photo by Molly of Orangette

Molly of Orangette actually calls this salad, Spring, Sliced and Straight from the Bowl, and since she posted it nearly a year ago I've been noticing that everyone who tries it loves her combination of endive, cilantro, radishes, and feta. Yes, there's a bit of avocado involved and a Red-Wine Mustard Vinaigrette as well, and even some optional ingredients Molly suggests. I say, if there was nothing but radishes, feta, and cilantro, what more could you need?

Photo by Michelle of Je Mange la Ville

Isn't this a lovely version of the classic Nicoise Salad from talented cook Michelle at Je Mange la Ville? If you're a South Beach Dieter, best to skip the potatoes, but nothing to worry about because there's plenty of other deliciousness going on here with green beans, spinach, tomatoes, olives, boiled eggs, and barely seared Ahi tuna.

Photo by Nicole of Pinch My Salt

Pinch my Salt is a really great blog I just started subscribing to, and I found this recipe for Cilantro Caesar Salad with Carne Asada that I thought looked amazing. Nicole says she sometimes tops this with fried tortilla strips, but if you're doing South Beach skip those and use the toasted pine nuts and shaved parmesan shown in this photo.

Photo by Karen of Familystyle Food

At Familystyle Food great cook Karen created this Greens and Apple Salad with Avocado, Goat Cheese and Walnuts, inspired by one she saw in At Home with Magnolia. The one change I'd make would be to use regular walnuts instead of candied ones, and this would be a great South Beach choice. (There's a tiny smidgen of brown sugar in the salad dressing, which you could replace with Splenda or not, it's such a small amount.)
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  1. Those look divine and now I'm off to follow the links!

  2. They all look marvelous. I'm craving more salads now.

  3. Very inspiring Kalyn!

    Thanks for the shout-out...

  4. oh how I love salads...thanks for some newbies

  5. Hi Everyone,
    Isn't this a great collection of salads. I want to try them all.


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