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A Delicious Low Calorie Salad With Orange

Updated on June 22, 2013

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This is the Orange Salad without walnuts or toasted coconut.  Less calories, fat and protein.  Feel free to be creative and add your favorite toppings!  Almond slices, raisins, and sun flower seeds add a wonderful new flavor to this dish.
This is the Orange Salad without walnuts or toasted coconut. Less calories, fat and protein. Feel free to be creative and add your favorite toppings! Almond slices, raisins, and sun flower seeds add a wonderful new flavor to this dish. | Source

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With the rate of obesity climbing, most of us are trying to become or stay fit and healthy. Heart disease and Diabetes are at extremely high rates due to poor eating habits, poor sleeping habits, and excessive stress levels. Many seem to think that a salad is good for you. It certainly can be, after all, it’s nothing but vegetables. But, believe it or not, many salads are high calorie, and in some cases high fat; not to mention we all get tired of eating the same salads.

Listed below is a scrumptious salad that is a delicious, sweet, light summer salad. It is so easy and you can make individual servings or a larger salad to share. It has a bit of a tropical flavor. It can be a wonderful primary meal with the walnuts and coconut listed in the recipe. It can also be used as a side salad to accompany a meal including meat.

Citrus is known to be a terrific fat burner. You can add a little lemon or lime to the dressing if you find the pure orange flavor is a bit too sweet for your liking. You may use any type of greens as a base for your salad, but I find that baby spinach is the healthiest and I prefer the taste over iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, or any other type of greens. The photos, however, are of the salad made with iceberg lettuce. Please try it out and let me know what you think.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup of mixed greens, chopped
  • 1 small naval orange, less than 3
  • 2 tbsp of walnuts, chopped (optional, nutritional info included)
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened coconut, toasted (optional, nutritional info included)
  • 1/4 tsp of cloves, crushed or powdered

The Special Salad Dressing

The salad dressing!  It's the perfect flavor, not too strong, not too sweet, and high in vitamin C.  This makes a delicious, light, fruity summer time salad for all to enjoy.  It is the perfect salad to go with a Bar-b-que and easy to make!
The salad dressing! It's the perfect flavor, not too strong, not too sweet, and high in vitamin C. This makes a delicious, light, fruity summer time salad for all to enjoy. It is the perfect salad to go with a Bar-b-que and easy to make! | Source

Instructions

  1. Combine the chopped baby spinach and chopped mixed greens in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the orange exactly in half. Peel one half of the orange and chop it into bite sized pieces.
  3. Add the cut up oranges, the walnuts, toasted coconut, and powdered cloves into the bowl of greens.
  4. Use second half of orange to squeeze as much juice on the salad and toss.
  5. For best results, enjoy chilled.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2.5 cups
Calories 265
Calories from Fat144
% Daily Value *
Fat 16 g25%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 8 g
Carbohydrates 28 g9%
Sugar 14 g
Fiber 8 g32%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nuts are high in calories and high healthy fats and protein

Please be advised that of the 265 calories this salad has, 180 of them are from the nuts. That is a 30% reduction in calories.

Almost all of the fat is in the nuts as well. Without the nuts, the dish only contains about .5g of fat. However, it is healthy to consume fats from nuts as long as you stay withing your personal recommended daily allowance.

However, be aware that half of the protein comes from the nuts as well. Of the total 7.25g of protein, 4.5g are provided by the nuts in the recipe. This is a 62% loss of protein.

So, prioritize according to your health requirements, and choose between the walnuts and the coconut to save calories. You can eliminate them both.

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Not only is this salad delicious and healthy, used as a main meal or side salad, but there are so many varieties of salads that can be eaten and enjoyed to help lose weight or just to maintain a healthy body. I have other delicious recipes that can be found on my home page at Mmargie1966.hubpages.com. Many of the recipes are low calorie or low fat and extremely healthy. Some of the recipes are geared for kids, and some are scrumptious desserts. Please stop by and check out my delicious creations. Why not try something different? I guarantee you and your family will enjoy them!

Thank you for your interest in my recipe. I certainly hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, or constructive criticism.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks, Marcy...Enjoy!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Thanks for this great information on the nutrition! And the ideas for oranges and salads - truly tempting!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      My pleasure! I had it tonight. Its great for summer, light and sweet. I hope you enjoy it, teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This does look very tasty. I eat a salad almost every evening for dinner and the citrus option here is appealing. Thanks for posting this one.