I’m always on the lookout for new salad inspiration – you know I love my salads!

Last week, I received an email about the Cooking Light Big Book of Salads with a few salad ideas. They suggest starting with 1 1/2 cups of fresh greens, adding a tablespoon of vinaigrette and then give suggestions for boosters that are about 100 calories. I loved these ideas (and pictures) and wanted to share them with all of you. As listed, the salads are portioned for a side salad but I also included ways that you can turn these into a meal.

Asian Salad: 

To turn this salad into a meal, add 2-3 cups additional greens, 1/2 cup red pepper slices, 1/2 cup thinly sliced red cabbage and 4-6 oz of cubed and baked tofu.

Pear Salad: 

To turn this salad into a meal, add 2-3 cups additional arugula, 1/2 cup sliced cucumber and 4-6 oz baked salmon.

Southwest Salad: 

To turn this salad into a meal, add 2-3 additional cups of romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, 1 Tbsp diced red onion and 4-6 oz grilled chicken.

What are your favorite salad toppings?

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