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4 Healthy Salads To Get You From Thanksgiving To Christmas

Use the stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas to try a little "clean eating" with these delicious salads.

If you overindulged at Thanksgiving, you may have some anxiety at the thought that you’ll probably be overdoing it again in a few short weeks. Eating lots of rich, high-fat, and high sodium meals and desserts can leave you feeling sluggish and miserable. Why not use the stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas to try a little “clean eating” with these delicious and healthy salads?

Salad - Vegetarian cuisine

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Try these easy baked beans for your weekend cookout.
Course Salad
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

Salad:

  • 2 heaping handfuls of spinach
  • 2 heaping handfuls of arugula
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sliced unsalted almonds (toasted)

Dressing:

  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½  cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped Vidalia onion
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries, (tops removed for fresh, thawed and drained for frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives

Instructions
 

  • Directions:
    Wash greens and spin dry, then add to a large serving bowl. Top with the avocado, onions, cranberries, and nuts. In food processor add all dressing ingredients except oil. Blend, and then slowly incorporate oil until combined. Add salt to taste. Dress salad right before serving.
Keyword Spinach and Arugula Salad, spinach and arugula salad recipes, Strawberry salad dressing
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Avocado salad - Vegetarian cuisine

Black Bean Salad With Corn, Red Peppers and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Enjoy this delicious recipe created by Chef Jenn Segal, from the Once Upon A Chef web site.
Course Salad
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 ears fresh cooked corn, kernels cut off the cob
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots, from one medium shallot
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, best quality such as Colavita
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to zest limes before juicing them)
  • tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 avocados, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Directions:
    Combine all ingredients except for avocados in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. Right before serving, add avocados and mix gently, being careful not to mash avocados. Garnish with a more chopped cilantro if desired. Serve at room temperature. Serves 6-8.
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Refried beans - Stock photography

Chopped Winter Fruit ‘n Spice Salad

Thanksgiving Fruit SaladSeasonal fall fruits marinated in a bright citrus, and herb make a fresh way to finish off any meal. 
Course Salad
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 red-apple, chopped
  • 1 green apple, chopped
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1/2 pineapple, chopped
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 cup red or green grapes, halved, or use canned Mandarin oranges
  • Honey to taste
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Dash Salt
  • Plain or vanilla lowfat yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Directions:
    Combine and chill well. Serve with plain or vanilla yogurt, if desired.
Keyword winter fruit salad, winter fruit salad recipe
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Vegetarian cuisine - Fruit

Farro and Avocado Bowl

Farro is an ancient grain loaded with nutrition. A cup of cooked farro contains 8 grams of protein, and boasts and impressive array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Course Salad
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 avocados
  • ½ large, sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Directions:
    To cook the farro: add the water and farro to a large saucepan. Cook on medium heat for approximately 20 minutes, or until it reaches the desired texture. Use it warm or cold. Cut the avocados into bite-sized pieces. Add the avocado and chopped sweet pepper to the farro. Crumble the feta cheese on top. Before serving, squeeze the lemon juice over the farro and vegetables. Add salt to taste. Stir and serve. Serves 3-4.
Keyword farro and avocado bowl recipe, Farro bowl
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Farro and Avocado Bowl

All of us at Farmers’ Almanac wish you a happy and healthy holiday eating season!

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