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Salads are an easy way to minimize calories at a meal, and maximize nutrients.

We love topping greens with chicken or lean beef to make a salad hearty enough to be a main course. Browse through these salad recipes to choose your main dish, then pick from the suggested side dishes, desserts or drinks to round out your 500-calorie meal.

Mixed Lettuce Salad with Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette

mixed lettuce salad with vinaigretteKeep your salads interesting by experimenting with different types of greens. Here, mild and delicate oak leaf and baby romaine lettuces pair wonderfully with peppery radishes and chopped hard-boiled eggs.

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Claire's Mixed Green Salad with Feta Vinaigrette

claires mixed green salad with fetaSweet cherry tomatoes make a satisfying "pop" in your mouth. Pair them with salty feta vinaigrette and spicy arugula and you have a winning combination. Adapted from Chef Steven Obranovich of Claire's Restaurant in Hardwick, Vermont.

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Baby Greens with Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette

Baby Beet Greens with Spicy MediterraneanWatching your weight doesn't mean you're stuck with Spartan salads. This one feels positively indulgent, with sweet-tart cranberries, smoky cheese, crunchy croutons and a spicy-sweet dressing.

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