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How to make a healthy and tasty spring salad

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Just because it doesn't feel like spring doesn't mean it can't taste like spring with a fresh spring salad.

Kelly Jones, the clinic director with Medithin Weight Loss Clinics, says we should pay attention to what we put in our salads. She says people tend to get bored easily with salads, or people tend to overload their salads with high-fat, high-calorie options and sabotage their good intentions.

According to Jones, it's easy to spice up your salad. She says the first step is to start with looking at the salad base. Jones says to pick-up a different base to your salad rather than the usual iceberg lettuce by visiting your local farmer's market or local grocery store to purchase romaine and other leafy varieties of lettuce.

Another way Jones says you can spice it up is by using a variety of fruits and vegetables. She recommends apples, grapes, mandarin oranges, strawberries, cucumbers, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

Jones says the next thing to do is add color and different textures to the salad. She recommends dried cranberries, cherries, and nuts, like almonds, walnuts, and pecans.

Her last tip is to go easy on the dressing. She says you don't want to drown all of the delicious flavors in thick, heavy, sugary dressing. She says one way to limit it is to dip your fork in the dressing.

Recipe for Shredded Rainbow Salad:
  • 2 cups shredded greens, any variety of lettuce, spinach
  • 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup shredded broccoli stem
  • 1/4 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive or grape seed oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts
Jones joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday.

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