Hearty Side Salad

Side Salad PinYou can pair a side salad with just about anything. It’s easy to make and full of nutrients. Skip the iceberg, though. It’s like green water. You’ll need the hearty leaf kinds like kale, chard, mustard greens, spinach, romaine, arugula or lettuce.

Made according to this recipe, it has only 149 calories, but 242% RDV Vitamin A, 190% Vitamin C, 11 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. Now that’s a healthy, hearty side salad!

Get creative with your ingredients to keep it new and interesting. Try topping it with some chopped nuts, currants, cherry tomatoes, red onions, avocado, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, cucumber or your other favorite salad mixings.

This recipe uses my favorite JP’s Italian Salad Dressing. It only has 5 calories per serving and tastes delicious!

Hearty Side Salad Cooking Video

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Roasted Artichoke Hearts

Roasted Artichoke Hearts PinThese Roasted Artichoke Hearts make a great side dish or a nice addition to your side salad. Perfect for your Vegan Sardou with Vegan Creamed Spinach, Easy Tofu Scramble and Vegan Hollandaise.

Artichokes are a member of the thistle family and the edible portions are actually the buds before they go to bloom. I always thought they looked like a weed, and they kinda are. But very tasty none-the-less.

This recipe literally takes only a couple minutes to prepare and it’s a great source of deliciousness without the calories. This recipe makes 2 servings (half a can per serving), but only has 42 calories.

Be sure to get the artichokes packed in water or your calories from oil will shoot through the roof!

Roasted Artichoke Hearts Instructional Video

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Vegan Artichoke Spinach Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip PinThis Vegan Artichoke Spinach Dip is a party favorite and one of my personal favorites. Instead of using sour cream and cream cheese, this recipe uses cashews and lemon juice to create that familiar texture and taste.

Before we went vegan, Amelia and I used to order artichoke spinach dip while sitting at the bar. It tasted great, but I never liked the greasiness of it and each bite was accompanied by a little pang of guilt from the spike it gave to my cholesterol. This vegan artichoke spinach dip is guilt free since vegan food doesn’t contain cholesterol.

Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, sliced veggies (carrots, red pepper, cucumber) or a baguette.

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Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of Palm SaladThis is a delicious, hearty Hearts of Palm Salad with lots of colorful variety and nutrients. With 8 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber and only 218 calories, it makes an excellent side salad for your dinner. You can also make it a main lunch dish by adding some black beans or garbanzo beans for some extra calories and protein.

Hearts of Palm is a new and welcome addition to my diet. I had heard of them before, but never tried them. They’re mild with a similar taste and soft texture as artichoke hearts, but they’re shaped like water chestnuts. They’re delicious on nearly any salad.

We used JP’s Italian Salad Dressing, but you can use your favorite vegan salad dressing.

To reduce the calories and fat, you can skip the avocado.

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