10 Stunningly Super Salad Secrets

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Even the most basic ingredients can make a salad sensational. The key is to move beyond iceberg lettuce. There are five different varieties of lettuce, so try mixing at least two to three for your salad creation. Add some protein like chicken, beef, pork or shrimp, and suddenly it's a meal. Experiment with pasta, nuts, chopped bacon and even fruit. Have some fun, and don't forget to go light on the dressing, as that's the most fattening part of any salad.

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Even the most basic ingredients can make a salad sensational. The key is to move beyond iceberg lettuce. There are five different varieties of lettuce, so try mixing at least two to three for your salad creation. Add some protein like chicken, beef, pork or shrimp, and suddenly it's a meal. Experiment with pasta, nuts, chopped bacon and even fruit. Have some fun, and don't forget to go light on the dressing, as that's the most fattening part of any salad.

Crunchy Cucumbers

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Cucumbers have long been salad add-ons, but if you toss them in a mixture of white wine vinegar, cilantro, olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper, they become the perfect bedding for a teriyaki-lemon marinated tuna steak.

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Cucumbers have long been salad add-ons, but if you toss them in a mixture of white wine vinegar, cilantro, olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper, they become the perfect bedding for a teriyaki-lemon marinated tuna steak.

Greek Salad

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The Greek salad is a refreshing, vegetable-filled meal, with lettuce, cucumber, plum tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onion, pitted kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese. Punch it up with a turkey kabob basted with a lemon-oregano dressing. Pair with crunchy pita chips and a roasted red pepper hummus for a different twist.

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The Greek salad is a refreshing, vegetable-filled meal, with lettuce, cucumber, plum tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onion, pitted kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese. Punch it up with a turkey kabob basted with a lemon-oregano dressing. Pair with crunchy pita chips and a roasted red pepper hummus for a different twist.

Pasta Salad -- Creamy or With Oil

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Step away from the elbow macaroni, mayonnaise or olive oil and dare to use vermicelli or orzo, basil, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, pine nuts and goat cheese for a pumped-up pasta salad.

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Step away from the elbow macaroni, mayonnaise or olive oil and dare to use vermicelli or orzo, basil, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, pine nuts and goat cheese for a pumped-up pasta salad.

Herb-Roasted Pork Medallions With Asparagus Salad

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Leftover pork surprises when combined with asparagus, carrots and organic herb mixed greens. Balsamic vinaigrette finishes the dish well.

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Leftover pork surprises when combined with asparagus, carrots and organic herb mixed greens. Balsamic vinaigrette finishes the dish well.

Pasta with Shrimp, Oranges and Olives

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Leftover pasta? Get your palate ready for a tasty treat. Combine pasta, shrimp and olives with an oil-and-vinaigrette mixture, and throw in some mandarin orange slices.

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Leftover pasta? Get your palate ready for a tasty treat. Combine pasta, shrimp and olives with an oil-and-vinaigrette mixture, and throw in some mandarin orange slices.

Waldorf Salad Deluxe

Waldorf salad

This is a different take on an old, classy standard. Make deluxe divine by adding pears, spices, cheese, watercress, pomegranate seeds and cardamom (or cilantro). Fold in some light mayonnaise and the standard salt, pepper, apples and nuts.

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This is a different take on an old, classy standard. Make deluxe divine by adding pears, spices, cheese, watercress, pomegranate seeds and cardamom (or cilantro). Fold in some light mayonnaise and the standard salt, pepper, apples and nuts.

Fruity Blend

Berry salad

Toss a mixture of vegetables in a colorful leafy green salad and add berries, nuts, mandarin orange slices and a light dressing, along with a meat. Try accompanying it with pita bread.

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Toss a mixture of vegetables in a colorful leafy green salad and add berries, nuts, mandarin orange slices and a light dressing, along with a meat. Try accompanying it with pita bread.

Tomato, Chickpea and Feta Salad

Mediterranean chickpea salad with cherry tomatoes, feta and olives

With your favorite Middle Eastern spice blend, combine pear, grape and cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and a 15-ounce can of chickpeas for an herbal salad.

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With your favorite Middle Eastern spice blend, combine pear, grape and cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and a 15-ounce can of chickpeas for an herbal salad.

Avocado Additions

Avocado and Quinoa Salad with Chia Seed

Avocado adds a subtle richness to any type of salad. Wow your palate with some lentils, artichokes and grape tomatoes and serve in a lettuce cup for something completely different.

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Avocado adds a subtle richness to any type of salad. Wow your palate with some lentils, artichokes and grape tomatoes and serve in a lettuce cup for something completely different.

Tomato With Basil

Caprese salad

Chopped basil, tomato, spices, oil and vinegar make a tasty topping for baked Italian bread. Dust a little Parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper on top, and enjoy.

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Chopped basil, tomato, spices, oil and vinegar make a tasty topping for baked Italian bread. Dust a little Parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper on top, and enjoy.

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