Build Your Perfect Salad

Alright friends, today I want to talk about salads! I don't know about ya'll but growing up salads were simple in my house. We would have some romaine lettuce, maybe some cucumbers and onions, top it off with some shredded cheese and one of the many WishBone dressings that were on the table. They were almost always a side dish too, never a main dish. But the great thing about salads is that they are so versatile that in fact you could eat a different salad everyday of the week and never repeat it.


At the beginning o the year when I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes I put myself on a strict low carb diet. I was trying to stay around 50 grams of carbs a day, and so for me the easiest way to do that was to have salads for lunch every day. They provided me with filling ingredients that fueled me for the day, kept the calories low and most importantly, did not spike my blood sugar. Because I was eating so many salads there were a few that I really loved and I keep going back to. Check out below for some of my favorites!


Asian Shrimp Salad


Ingredients:

  • cole slaw

  • snap peas

  • red bell pepper

  • onion

  • sautéed shrimp

  • cilantro

  • sesame ginger dressing

  • sesame seeds or peanuts for crunch on top

Grapefruit & Avocado Salad


Ingredients:

  • romaine lettuce

  • spring mix lettuce

  • avocado

  • red onion

  • ruby red grapefruit

  • chile lime seasoned salmon or shrimp

  • honey balsamic dijon dressing

Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Salad


Ingredients:

  • kale

  • arugula

  • roasted beets (I like golden and red beets combined!)

  • shallots

  • goat cheese crumbles

  • walnuts

  • honey balsamic vinagrette




While those are some of my own creations, ere are a few of my favorite from around the web.

Lastly, if you are looking to create your own salad creations check out the guide below and let me know what creations you come up with in the comments!





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