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It is Perfectly Acceptable to Put Fruit in a Salad

Hi! Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?

Great?

I hope so!

My slumber party with P and Layla was so much darn fun!

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Our dinner was good too, so I thought I would share with you.

Plus, I thought posting a fresh healthy salad recipe would be the best way to start the week.

Are you a fruity salad kind of person?

I find the issue of fruit in salads to be a little polarizing.

Polarizing.

Haha.

As if fruity salads and non-fruity salads were the republicans and democrats of dinners.

Anyhow, back to fruit.

In salads.

My sister and I really enjoy a delicious fruity salads from a place called Charleston’s here in OKC.

“Mixed greens, pineapple, dates, feta (which I have left out!), strawberries, spiced pecans, sunflower seeds, croutons, champagne vinaigrette”

Delicious.

However, I might as well just get a giant order of fries to go alongside it, though, because it is definitely not a healthy salad.

So for Saturday night’s sleepover with Layla and P, I decided to make a cleaned up version that could be delicious too.

Here’s what I did.

I started with spinach. In my opinion “mixed greens” are somewhat of a waste of time. I like the iron and vitamins spiniach offers, so that was the first change!

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From there I chopped 8 dates and added half to each salad.

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I almost splurged and got spiced pecans similar to the ones in the salad, but after looking over the nutrition facts decided it wasn’t worth it- so no fancy pecans. Instead I went for 2 TBSP of slivered almonds per salad, adding a nice crunch, healthy fat, and good vitamin E!

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Then I added 2 TBSP of dried cranberries instead of sunflower seeds because I had them on hand.

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Then I added pineapple chunks.

I got canned pineapple because I am lazy. I so wish I would have taken a picture of the brand I used because it was called “skinny fruit” and had almost half the calories of the other brands. I added about a cup to each salad.

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A cup of fresh sliced strawberries per salad

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Then some delicious fat free, low calorie poppy seed dressing!

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The salad ended up being about 430 calories, but it was still a major reduction from the feta, spiced nuts, and champagne vinaigrette that loaded on even more calories and fat from the original version.

We loved our fruity salads, so I thought I would pass it along to you too!

Don’t be afraid of a fruity salad.

Be brave, be polarizing, give it a shot. smile

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