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Power Lunch Salad

This salad makes a nutritious and flavor-packed lunch that you are bound to love. It’s a great example of how a salad can be a meal when you include vegetables, protein and healthy carbs.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

  • Calories 265
  • Carbohydrate 24 g
  • Protein 16 g
  • Fat 13 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5 g
  • Sugar 17 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Sodium 565 mg
  • Potassium 445 mg

This Recipe Serves 4

Ingredients

Salad
5.5 ounce bag organic baby spinach, spring mix blend
2 tablespoons sliced natural almonds
1/4 cup dry roasted pepitas
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 small organic apple, cored and diced
1/3 cup reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled
7 ounces oven roasted deli turkey breast, sliced into ½ inch strips

Dressing
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a salad bowl, mix together all salad ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss to coat. 

Dietitian Tip: This recipe uses organic spinach, lettuce and apples because they are part of the “dirty dozen” list of foods that can contain the most pesticides. So, if you are trying to figure out what foods to buy organic these are few to start with. If you can’t find pepitas, substitute with sunflower seeds. Dried fruit, such as cranberries, are high in carbs, but it’s good to eat them with other low-carb foods like spinach, salad and almonds.

MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE: Confirm the ingredients you use are gluten-free and this recipe can be made gluten-free.

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