Fresh, Fun Salad Combo: Walnut, Cranberry, & Feta Spinach Salad with Garlic ACV Dressing

I love salads because they really very easily lend themselves to being piled high with fresh, raw, nutritious toppings. It's a natural way to "eat the rainbow" and get lots of vitamins in a format that doesn't taste bland or like a dietary chore.

Salads have gotten a bad reputation in the last decade or so. People often warn dieters of the "hidden calories" in a salad but as long as you focus on adding mostly fresh toppings, and keeping your "guilty" toppings to a minimum, there's no reason to avoid delicious salad combinations. Do be aware that once you've added some dressing, nuts, and other high calorie goodies, you've officially turned what might have been intended to be a side snack or appetizer, into something with the caloric heft of a meal.

Here's what I had for lunch today - along with some fruit, since this was so low im carbohydrates. My guilty topping was the addition of cheese (we normally don't include much dairy in our diets).

How to make this salad:

Spinach: Literally, as much as you'd like

2 Eggs: Hard boiled or even scrambled if you're in a time pinch

Spring Onions: 1/4 Cup

Dried Cranberries: 1/4 Cup

Cherry Tomatoes: 6-10 Small tomatoes

Feta: 1/4 Cup

Walnuts: 2 Tbsp, chopped

Apple Cider Vinegar + Garlic Dressing: 1.5 Tbsp, Here's the one we've been using recently - You can also make your own at home

Add whatever other fresh ingredients you might like. Be especially generous when dishing yourself up the greens & vegetables; things like spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and many other vegetables add minimal calories but add a variety of vitamins and extra fiber, helping you feel full longer.

Nutrition Information:

High In: iron, manganese, phosphorus, riboflavin, selenium
Very high in: Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C

Calories: 318
Total Fat: 22 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Cholesterol: 340 mg
Sodium: 370 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 13 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g
Protein: 21 g



08/04/15 11:09am

This is yummy, but I don't see how the calorie content could possibly be so low. Just the walnuts and eggs alone should be about 340, according to my calculations.


10/02/13 3:50am

Hi, I would like to ask you about healthy eating and lifestyle. I am a musician, student, living alone since I was 15. I gaing 10 kg but already lost 7kg thanks to you as my inspiration. But I find myself to not eating enough calories even for weight loss, I eat breakfast and something in the evening. Im not loosing weight I guess for my metabolism to be so slow. I am practicing piano, teaching, studying, doing english course for CAE and I would like to improve my health. I try to meal plan but I come home very kate at night and have no energy to prepare meals or go grocery shopping. Any help?

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