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Deck Out Your Salads This Holiday Season

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Think green this holiday season--and I mean your Christmas plate, not your Christmas tree. Don’t you think it is time to lighten up with so many people thinking of holiday meals as being fattening? So go ahead and fill your plate as you deck out your buffet table with these festive and calorie forgiving salads. Here are some scrumptious salads from my Fitness Answer Meal Plan:

6 ounce grilled tuna steak over 6 ounces of mesclun lettuce

1/8 cup of finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tbsp. Asian sesame oil
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
¼ cup of shallots
Garlic powder and salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.

1 6 oz. can of turkey
¼ cup of jarred sundried tomatoes in olive oil
¼ cup of sliced black olives
3 cups of endive salad; cleaned and chopped
2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar

Mix turkey, sundried tomatoes and black olives together in bowl
Serve on top of endive salad and top with 2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar

• 8 oz piece of grilled chicken
• 1 cup fresh broccoli florets, cleaned and chopped
• 2 medium tomatoes -- cut into 8 wedges
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
• 2 tablespoons black olives; pitted, sliced

Steam broccoli until crisp and tender. Drain. Place broccoli in a saucepan. Add tomato, water, garlic powder, and oregano. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 10 to 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese and olives. Slice chicken and serve warm over broccoli mixture.

* 1/2 cup flaked lump crab meat
* 1 hard cooked egg, diced
* 2 cups of romaine lettuce
* 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
* 1 cup finely chopped celery
* 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
* 1 tbsp. olive oil
* 1 cup of romaine lettuce

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Add dressing to crab meat mixture and mix thoroughly. Chill.

* 2 cups of baby spinach
* 6 oz. chicken breast, diced
* 1 portobello mushroom cap sliced thin
* 1 tbsp. of red pepper spread
* 1 tbsp.

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