Mixed Greens with Apple, Nuts and Goat Cheese

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Salad
Mixed Greens
1 Diced Apple
A handful of mixed nuts and cranberries
Sprinkle with goat cheese

Creamy Raspberry Dressing

2 TB light sour cream
2 TB greek yogurt (fat free)
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar (or cider vinegar)
1/4 cup raspberry jam (no-sugar-added)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 TB dijon mustard

Put all ingredients in a mini food processor and mix

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Zesty Quinoa Salad with Kale, Apples and Celery

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1/3 cup Ranch Dressing
1/3 cup Apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Apple juice
2 cups Very thinly sliced kale (trimmed and ribs removed)
1/2 tsp Salt
2 cups Cooked and drained quinoa
1/2 cup Thinly sliced celery
1 Apple, chopped
1/2 cup Chopped pecans

Instructions

Toss the kale with the vinegar and salt; let stand for 15 minutes.
Whisk the dressing with the apple juice.
Toss the kale with the quinoa, apple, celery and dressing mixture until well coated.
Sprinkle pecans over top.

Tangy Crudite Salad

Many people have New Years Resolutions, I am one of them, mine is the – standard – weight loss! So experimenting with salads is key for me. Salad ruts seem to hinder weight loss. Here is the latest salad experiment, so far so good! Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 cup of chopped broccoli
1 cup chopped cauliflower
1 cup of chopped carrots
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup of diced dried apricots
1/2 cup of cashews

1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoons white vinegar
1/8 cup sugar Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Cut the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots into bite-size pieces.
Place in a large bowl. Add the cranberries, apricots and cashews.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well.
Add to crudite mixture and toss gently.

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Apple Salad with Dill Pickles

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Ingredients:
2 apples – washed, cored and cubed
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 head romaine lettuce – rinsed, dried, and chopped
2 dill pickles, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup ranch-style salad dressing

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix together the apples, sunflower seeds, lettuce, pickles and tomato. Pour dressing on top, toss and enjoy!

Christmas Salad

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Ingredients:

1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons diced onion
1 teaspoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 red apple -diced
1 pear – diced

Directions:

1. In a shakeable jar, combine sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard and salt. Shake until well blended. Add oil into mixture. Add poppy seeds and shake
2. In a large serving bowl combine the romaine lettuce, shredded Swiss cheese, cashews, dried cranberries, chopped apricots, cubed apple and cubed pear. Toss to mix then pour dressing over salad just before serving and toss to coat.

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Sweet Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad

Quinoa

Prepare 2 cups of quinoa as instructed – let cool

Add:
1 cup of pecans
1 cup of cranberries
1/2 cup of crumbled goat cheese

Dressing:
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil

Shake dressing pour over salad and blend