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Salad recipes run the gamut from bean salads to basic iceberg lettuce side dishes. Salads can be hearty meal replacements filled with a variety of meats, pasta-based dishes, or a vegetable mixture. Most restaurant chains such as T.G.I. Friday's, Outback Steakhouse, and Applebee's dedicate part of their menu to salad options.
Some restaurants like Golden Corral and Ruby Tuesday even feature a salad bar that allows patrons to customize their salad selections. While salads are often associated with American and Italian fare, salads are also a prominent part of Japanese, Chinese, and Mediterranean meals. Regardless of national origin, salads bring a hint of freshness, vitality and flavor to any meal. Many of the salad dishes offered by restaurants can be made at home in the kitchen.
|Types of salad||Green, bean, pasta, potato|
|Basic salad ingredients||Lettuce, broccoli, green beans, peas, mushrooms, potatoes|
|Protein salad ingredients||Cheese, turkey, roasted chicken, ham, bacon, eggs, tuna, beef, tofu, beans|
|Preparation methods||Diced, chopped, sliced, mixed|
|Toppings||Anchovies, olives, seeds, croutons|
|Dressings||Ranch, oil and vinegar, mayonnaise, French, thousand island, blue cheese|
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Serving Salad as a Main Dish
Salad is often used as a side dish, but with a few adjustments it can become an excellent main dish for supper. Choose a hearty salad that includes protein such as Applebee's Santa Fe Chicken Salad or Panera Steak and Blue Cheese Chopped Salad. A hearty salad with protein, fats, and vegetables will fill your guests up better than a vegetable salad.
You can also increase the amount of protein in the salad or add some high-fiber vegetables such as sweet potatoes or avocadoes to the finished dish. Adding soup and bread is another good way to round out a salad entree as a complete meal.
Low Calorie Salad Dressing Options
Some salad dressings are naturally low in calories, particularly those that have a vinegar base. However, some other dressings, especially those that use cream, can be high in calories and fat. You can make healthier versions of these dressings by simply replacing a few ingredients. For example, Panera Bread's BBQ Ranch Dressing makes use of buttermilk, sugar, and soybean oil. Simply combine Greek yogurt and barbecue sauce to get the same taste for fewer calories.
Texas Roadhouse's French Dressing recipe uses an entire cup of sugar and a half cup of vegetable oil, which makes it high in calories and saturated fat. You can replace the sugar with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup honey for a healthier dressing. Swap the vegetable oil for olive oil to reduce the saturated fat and add heart-healthy fats.
Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe
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