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Melon, Tomato & Onion Salad with Goat Cheese

melon tomato and onion saladThis riff on the traditional tomato, mozzarella and basil salad is gorgeous and refreshing. Any variety of pale green- or orange-fleshed melon will work well. Compose the salad on a large platter for a crowd or assemble it on individual plates.

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Served with one of these:

  • Grilled whole-grain baguette (2 inches) (132 calories)
  • Quinoa with 2 teaspoons chives and a squeeze of lemon (1/2 cup) (111 calories)

Roasted Apple & Cheddar Salad

roasted apple and cheddar saladRoasted apples and Cheddar cheese turn an ordinary mixed green salad into something extra-special. You can use pears for this recipe as well.

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Accompanied by one of these:

Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken

chopped greek salad with chickenThis super-fast salad is a great way to get dinner on the table in a hurry. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand -- try substituting other chopped fresh vegetables, such as broccoli or bell peppers, for the tomatoes or cucumber. Use leftover chicken or quickly poach a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts while you prepare the rest of the salad.

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Grapefruit Chicken Satay Salad

grapefruit chicken satay saladThis salad has a delicious dressing inspired by the peanut sauce served with Thai satays.

Accompanied by either:

  • Quinoa with 1 teaspoon each olive oil and chopped fresh mint (1/2 cup) (153 calories)
  • Garlic & Herb Pita Chips (117 calories)

Finishing with one of these:

Spinach & Beet Salad with Chicken

spinach and beet salad with chickenReal maple syrup is the key to the richly flavored dressing on this elegant salad. The darker the syrup the better, for its deeper flavor goes a long way.

Served with one of these:

  • Toasted whole-grain baguette (2 inches) (132 calories)
  • White wine (5-ounce glass) (116 calories)

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