Salad Days – Apple Celery Salad with Lemon Greek Yogurt Dressing

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“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self esteem, and personal satisfaction,” – Margaret Thatcher.

Salad, some people call it a dirty word. But I don’t care. You see, while it is fine to wine and dine and enjoy what the culinary scene has to offer, equal to that is the need to nourish one’s body. And if by strict, meaning not wining and dining out often, then so be it, that I am enforcing a stricter diet upon myself.

But you see, salads and fresh foods needn’t be a torture, or a diet regime/tried and tested way to shed pounds. It needn’t be that way. What fresh foods provide is more than just not having unnecessary fat, or refined sugars – trust me, your body is going to thank you if you feed it well. What helps, is viewing this as a feel good thing, and you’ll be surprised that after day 3 of eating clean, it gets easier and easier to make better decisions as you go along, it becomes natural!

What might we have on the plate today? Basically I raided my fridge and found pretty yums ingredients to fix up a sumptuous salad.

What you will need:

Ingredients (Serves 1 as a main dish)

1 medium Apple – Red or Green your choice

1 stick of celery

1 cup of salad greens – I used mesclun in this, you can choose to have a romaine body instead.

Dressing:

1 tbsp of Greek Yogurt, Natural – I don’t do non fat when it comes to yogurt

Lemon Juice from 1/2 a lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

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1. Slice and dice the apple and stick of celery.

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What I have here is Greek Yogurt Natural by Farmer’s Union. Greek yogurt is tangy and sharper than yogurt in general. I wouldn’t advice using flavored yogurt as this is a savory salad. I don’t do non fat when it comes to yogurt either because non fat is thin and runny, and it is filled with sugars in place of natural fats. The natural fats and balance in yogurt is good for your body anyways, compared to say, that from a bag of chips. So if you’re gonna eat chips and have non fat yogurt, I suggest you reflect on your food choices.

Regular sea salt is fine, what works too is some light soy sauce. The salt will help cut the tangy-ness and the sourness from the lemon juice. And freshly ground pepper always. On hand too is my handy bodum whisk, which is actually a milk frother. But it works!

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2. Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix.

Assemble the salad and drizzle the dressing all over.

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I garnished my salad with 3 whole walnuts. You can choose pine nuts or almonds if you prefer. More pepper too if desired.

And there you have it! Bon A-petite!

Total Calories – 187 Calories (based on food logged in MyFitnessPal App for iPhone)

T.

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