Rather than tossing into a salad, let cucumbers stand solo with this refreshing, zesty side dish that takes just minutes to make. Light, cool and crisp, cukes are known for their high water content, but they’re also a great source of vitamin C (supplying six percent of the Daily Value per cup!), vitamin K and potassium. Choose the long, thin English variety for semi-seedless slices and mild, rarely bitter taste.
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Got five minutes? That’s more than enough time to shake up some homemade salad dressing that will leave you longing for leafy greens! A good bottle of balsamic vinegar, some herbs and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice are all you need to create a rich, flavorful dressing that adds extra antioxidants and nutrients to your already-healthy meal.
Russets versus reds: what’s the difference? Starchier and thicker skinned, russet potatoes work well in baked, mashed or fried dishes. New reds, on the other hand, have less starch and paper-thin skin—making them perfect for boiling, steaming or grilling. Try this easy-to-make red potato salad for your next picnic or party. Spuds are boiled and quartered, then tossed with good-for-you Greek yogurt, crunchy celery and fresh herbs.
Need more omega-3s? Salmon is a tasty way to get them, especially when it’s tossed with tender pasta shells, sweet green peas and a zesty balsamic-Dijon dressing! Use sustainably-caught, Alaskan canned salmon for rich flavor and easy prep. Once the pasta is cooked, just combine what’s left on the ingredients list, chill and serve.
Why throw together another ordinary lettuce-and-tomato side salad when you can make a meal-worthy, mixed-greens masterpiece? Fresh baby spinach leaves, kale, avocado and artichoke hearts are just a few of the plant powerhouses tucked into this bowl. Sprinkle on some crunchy, protein-packed pumpkin seeds and top with a drizzle of zesty, homemade balsamic dressing—lunch is served!
Dining alone? This easy-to-make “soup for one” will keep you from giving in to another instant microwaved meal or ordering expensive takeout. It comes together quickly, clean-up is a breeze and you’ll feel good knowing you’re eating fresh, whole food instead of something that came from a can.
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