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Loaded Macaroni Salad Recipe

Photo by Viana Boenzli

This macaroni salad recipe is loaded with goodness. The perfectly creamy dressing over lots of flavors and textures. It is truly a LOADED macaroni salad!

1 lb elbow macaroni
1 c mayonnaise
1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 pint cherry tomatoes ( chopped )
2/3 c black and green olives ( chopped )
6 slices thick-cut bacon ( cooked crispy then crumbled )
6 oz feta cheese ( crumbled )
1-1/2 c cucumber ( chopped )
1 c red bell pepper ( chopped )
2 hard boiled eggs ( chopped )
1 whole avocado ( chopped )
1/2 c scallions ( chopped )
20 large leaves of basil ( torn into small pieces )
Salt and pepper to taste
10-12 servings
Nutritions

Calories
1651

Sodium
2378mg
99% DV

Fat
87g
134% DV

Protein
69g
138% DV

Carbs
149g
50% DV

Fiber
32g
129% DV

This fresh and healthy salad is so refreshing. It would be great for lunch or as a side dish for dinner. Give this vegan and vegetarian friendly recipe a try.

You can add some lettuce, preferably romaine or another green leafy lettuce. You can also add red cabbage for its color and crispiness. You can also interchange apples for pears. Roasted cherry tomatoes also add some body and a depth of flavor to the dish.

1 whole orange
8 oz cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Apple
2 ounces Red bell pepper
1 ounce White onion
2 ounces Cucumber
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup Olive OIl
2
  1. Slice the orange in half.
  2. Separate the sections of one half.
  3. In a bowl, squeeze the juice of the other half of orange and add the olive oil. Add some salt and pepper and...
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Nutritions

Calories
1207

Sodium
138mg
5% DV

Fat
58g
90% DV

Protein
23g
46% DV

Carbs
157g
53% DV

Fiber
26g
104% DV
42

Healthy Salad Nicoise

Thinking about a French-style salad? This Salad hails from Nice in the south of France. A combination of leafy and healthy vegetables that are dressed with an olive oil- red wine vinegar combination.

You can add additional flavors such as chili flakes for some heat and some grilled chicken breast. If you want this recipe to be a meatless recipe and vegan-friendly, you can use fried tofu instead of adding eggs.

2 fluid ounces Red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
6 fluid ounces Virgin olive oil
6 ounces Fresh basil leaves
1 pound cucumber
12 ounces Green beans
3 hard-boiled eggs
1 Red bell pepper
12 ounces Romaine lettuce
18 ounces Mixed baby lettuce
12 ounces boiled Fingerling potatoes
1 pound Cherry tomatoes
3 ounces Red onion
1 pound Tuna, packed in oil
4 ounces olives
6
  1. Make a vinaigrette dressing using the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, olive oil, and basil.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half, then into thin slices.
  3. Trim the green beans and cook al dente...
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Nutritions

Calories
426

Sodium
144mg
6% DV

Fat
29g
46% DV

Protein
22g
44% DV

Carbs
17g
6% DV

Fiber
4g
19% DV

A perfect noodle recipe if you are planning to do a DIY dinner date with your special someone. You can add some vegetables to bring more freshness to the dish. Peppers and snap peas would be great additions. You could also add a teaspoon of sriracha to the sauce just to heat things up a little bit. A perfect soba noodle recipe for those who want an easy and healthy dish.

1 lb Soba Noodles
2 tbsp Low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame Oil
1 tsp Brown Sugar
(1 tsp) black sesame seeds
1 tbsp vegetable oil
14 oz firm tofu
1 cup cabbage
1 clove garlic
14 oz chicken breast
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 oz Carrots
4
  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Drain and rinse with cold water, set aside
  2. Mince the garlic.
  3. Shred the...
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Nutritions

Calories
361

Sodium
389mg
16% DV

Fat
17g
27% DV

Protein
32g
65% DV

Carbs
14g
4% DV

Fiber
3g
14% DV
31

Fresh Okra, Corn and Tomato Salad

Okra, sometimes referred to as "lady's finger," comes in green and red. Both varieties taste the same. It's frequently used in Southern American cuisine and is a staple in gumbo. Some people find it unappealing due to its slimy texture. But, with this recipe, you won't even notice that. Okra is rich in nutrients and has antioxidant properties.

12 ounces okra
3 large tomatoes
1 medium onion
6 cloves garlic
½ cup Cotija
½ cup Fresh Oregano
½ cup celery leaves
4 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp sour cream
(1 tsp) smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
8
  1. 25 minutes to roast the corn. Turn to get all sides roasted. Cut kernels off the cob.
  2. Dice tomatoes, onions
  3. Mince garlic
  4. Sweat onions in 1 tbsp of olive oil
  5. Once...
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Nutritions

Calories
108

Sodium
11mg
0% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
1g
3% DV

Carbs
9g
3% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV
595

Brocolli and Tomato Orzo

This dish is a classic Italian-style dish. If you always lean towards rice as a starch at dinner, try this. This classic combination of garlic, olive oil and tomatoes is always tasty.

1 pound Orzo
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
(1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
6 sun dried tomatoes
6 fresh tomatoes
1 quart broccoli florets
1 1/4 cups grated parmesan cheese
4
  1. Chop sundried tomatoes into small pieces
  2. Cut Brocolli into florets
  3. Dice tomatoes
  4. Bring chicken stock to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  5. Slowly add pasta to the...
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Nutritions

Calories
700

Sodium
2006mg
83% DV

Fat
45g
69% DV

Protein
37g
74% DV

Carbs
37g
12% DV

Fiber
8g
34% DV
This yummy food recipe is a great dinner side or great appetizer. It's an easy pasta recipe with fresh tomatoes and herbs. Olive oil garlic pasta is a classic recipe. Check it out.
22

Cucumber and yogurt salad

This is a great snack for anytime. Take it on a picnic. Serve it at lunch. Or serve it between heavy courses at dinner. It's a very versatile recipe.

If you want to add some additional flair, trying adding some strawberries and maybe a pinch of sugar. You don't want to add too much sugar, just enough so that you know it's there but no so much that it's overpowering anything. The strawberry will also complement the rosé's flavors.

32 oz yogurt
3 medium cucumbers
1 small red onion
1 clove garlic
1 tsp dried mint
1 tsp dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
8
  1. Chop the cucumber in half, then in half again. Chop into wedges.
  2. Cut the onion to create wedges about the same size as the cucumber.
  3. Set onions in vinegar. Ensure they are covered...
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Nutritions

Calories
94

Sodium
89mg
3% DV

Fat
2g
4% DV

Protein
6g
13% DV

Carbs
11g
3% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV
If you love cucumbers, yogurt and herbs, you'll love this little recipe. It's an easy tossed salad recipe. Consider it a great snack to make for your family or a starter in a meal. It's a very healthy veggie recipe that you'll want to make over and over again. If you're looking for a savory recipe using yogurt, check this out.
39

Creamy Avocado & Potato Salad

Another way to have your salad is a no-mayo potato salad. You just need a couple of ingredients and voila! A perfect afternoon snack or a starter for your dinner.

10 ounces Avocado
1/4 cup Cilantro
4 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp lime juice
Salt and pepper
2 pounds russet potatoes
1 clove garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
8
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the dried herbs and 2 tbsp of olive oil.
  3. Wash and dice the potatoes.
  4. Place the potatoes in a baking tray and...
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Nutritions

Calories
185

Sodium
8mg
0% DV

Fat
9g
14% DV

Protein
3g
6% DV

Carbs
22g
7% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV
A low-calorie meal perfect for vegans. This healthy salad recipe is also perfect for your weight loss program, just add some protein and it is ready to go. A healthy snack and appetizer recipe that can also be served during lunch and dinner. This easy vegan-friendly recipe is worth trying especially if you are a health-conscious person.
27

Apple Fennel Salad

This zesty salad recipe can be served as a early course in a multi-course meal or as an entreé. This recipe doesn't include other aromatics besides onions and fennel. But, you can include others as you like. Thyme or parsley would be very nice additions.

3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 celery stalks
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup Parmesan
2 large Fennel
2 large Granny Smith Apples
1 small red onion sliced
4
  1. Slice the apples, onion,fennel and celery into crescents.
  2. Reserve fennel tops for garnish
  3. Roughly chop the walnuts.
  4. Place all vegetables in a large bowl
  5. Shave...
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Nutritions

Calories
343

Sodium
278mg
11% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
10g
20% DV

Carbs
20g
7% DV

Fiber
6g
25% DV
This fennel salad recipe includes zesty flavors. The flavor combination will excite your taste buds. Get your fix of the taste of fresh apples. Pair it with a good wine and you have an easy dinner recipe for two. Or, it can be a great salad course in a multi-course meal.
Photo by Erich Boenzli

This deliciously simple steamed beet salad is ready in 15 minutes. And by using the right beets, it'll leave you with a clean cutting board and clean hands.

2 medium golden beets ( peeled and chopped in cubes - about 2 cups )
4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
4 oz lettuce
4 oz feta or goat cheese ( crumbled )
2
Nutritions

Calories
483

Sodium
1925mg
80% DV

Fat
37g
57% DV

Protein
11g
22% DV

Carbs
25g
8% DV

Fiber
5g
22% DV

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