Autumn Salad with FigsAs the fall season approaches, healthful salads are a great side item on days where you may be eating heavier festive foods that can cause a carbohydrate and fat dump, leaving you sluggish and ready for a nap. Avoid that feeling by creating a healthy side dish to go along with foods that might be richer in flavors, higher in fat, and packed full of carbs. Figs and pomegranate seeds are the stars of this dish. High in fiber and rich in antioxidants, this salad is perfect addition to any menu. And always fill up on the salad goodness first (a little tip)! Summer Black Bean and Rice SaladThis cold salad is perfect for any hot summer day, especially over the holiday weekend. Packed with protein, high in fiber and delicious flavors that will rock your taste buds. Make this dish ahead of time and keep refrigerated until it's time to serve!Dilly Chickpea and Radish Salad by Mina Goodman, RDN Nutrition EducatorThis tangy, light and very healthful salad is beautiful to look at and present at the next meal gathering. Perfect for outdoor potlucks and picnics. I usually make this the night before or at least the morning of so the flavors have a chance to incorporate into the vegetable.Shrimp Ceviche by Nicole Vaudrin, RDN Nutrition EducatorLight and fresh, there is nothing like a bowl of ceviche as a light meal. Go the traditional route and let the citrus "cook” the shrimp, or use pre-cooked shrimp for those that are a bit more cautious with food safety. Either way, you'll get a complete meal packed with plenty of protein, fiber and healthy fats along with some amazing nutrients like vitamin c that may help improve skin elasticity and stimulate collagen production. Pomegranate Kale Salad by Mina Goodman, RDNThis salad is full of super food nutrients. Kale's hardy curly leaves, sweetened by orange slices and a burst of juice that comes from the pomegranate seeds makes this dish craveable for kale lovers and those who are unsure of the super green. Vegan Grain Bowl with Butternut SquashButternut squash is a perfect winter squash that offers a sweet nutty flavor. Commonly roasted or baked, this squash is low in calories and a good source of vitamin c, calcium, iron, phosphorus and copper. This healthful salad gives you even more nutrients thanks to the addition of pecans, which contain oleic acid along with phenolic antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Toss with a light dressing and you’ve got yourself a delicious heart healthy salad.
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