Thursday, August 25, 2011

Green Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Dried Cranberries

My kids go for this salad because of the fruit! It was inspired by Lose that Last 10 Pounds, by Denise Austin . She recommends serving it with spaghetti. The combo works because sweet and tangy fruit complement salty tomato sauce.

Cranberries are the new croutons!
Ingredients:
Mixed greens
Mandarin oranges
Dried cranberries
Salad dressing
(I like vinaigrette)




*Nutrition Facts: 1 serving Salad:
Item
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
2 cups mixed greens
15
3
1
1
6
4 oz. Mandarin oranges
55
0
1
0
0
2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
49
0
0.75
0
0
2 Tbsp. Good Seasons Italian dressing
130
14
0
0
0
Total:
249 kcal
17%
2.75g
1g
6%

My favorite Italian dressing is high-calorie, similar to Ranch dressing. If you use lite Italian dressing, you can cut about 80 calories off the total!

*Calculated from food packaging and the following websitehttp://caloriecount.about.com.
I used “Great Value” brand (Walmart) Mandarin oranges and dried cranberries,  and “Good Seasons” Italian dressing mix.

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