January 24, 2011

Salad - My favorite lunch

My two favorite foods for lunch is a salad or soup.  I've been on a salad kick lately and have also been eating a late lunch. 

This is one of my favorite salads.  It has a little bit of lettuce, chopped red pepper, cucumber and Roma tomatoes.  I threw in some defrosted frozen peas and I always add some pieces of sharp cheddar.  As to the dressing, I don't use low fat or a reduced calorie dressing and I avoid Ranch dressing.  Instead I use a french dressing and am careful not to pour it all over.  I use a moderate amount. 

The base of the salad is always three things.  A small amount of lettuce, then red pepper and cheese.  To this I add whatever else I like, perhaps chopped carrot or even some frozen corn.  I may toss in some kidney beans or chopped onion.  Basically I look at what I have on hand and make a salad.   I have even added some chopped pear or apple to a vegetable salad and it was delicious.

I started doing this about 3 years ago and have never been sorry as I get a nice assortment of fresh vegetables in my diet.  Also, it is extremely filling.  That bowl in the picture above, well, it is a serving bowl. 

I'm always on the look out for reduced priced fresh vegetables at the grocery store to put in my salad.  A large salad such as this for lunch has helped me lose and maintain my weight.  Those chopped vegetables are really satisfying and filling.


Maureen said...

I love salads but I only use a freshly squeezed lemon and black pepper as my dressing. So good and healthy/

Anonymous said...

I love salads too, but usually really only in the spring/summer when I can buy local produce. My fave dressing is olive oil & balsamic vinegar with sea salt & fresh pepper!

Oh the peas... ewww! LOL!!

Martha said...

I love peas!!! But only when they are steamed and not over cooked and I loved them tossed on a salad.

As to the dressing, sometimes, especially in the summer time, I use just salt and pepper as the fresh, local produce doesn't need any dressing.