Posted in Eating More Veggies, Health Improvement, Healthy Recipes, sides

Flavorful Lemon Dressed Salads

I’m making an effort to eat more veggies and so am trying to eat salad for lunch a couple times a week. But, I want salads that keep me satisfied through the day. The salads featured today were inspired by salads I had regularly in chile and contain flavorful proteins and greens topped with lemon juice, ground black pepper and some of my new favorite veggies including avocado and cabbage! With a tangy* lemon dressing and other unsual flavors and textures, you won’t feel like you’re eating the same old salad every day for lunch.

*If you feel just lemon juice is too tangy for you, most of these salads taste great with some vegetable oil sprinkled along side the lemon or lime juice. I prefer just lemon juice, but I tend to love the taste of citris at full potentcy–especially on salads.

Fiesta Ranch Tuna Salad

Fiesta Ranch Tuna Salad with sliced avocado


  • 1/2 Avocado (slice it over the salad for easier eating)
  • 1/4 tomato
  • 1/2 lemon or lime’s juice or to taste (I like mine pretty potent)
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 C. romain lettuce or enough to fill a cereal bowl
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Fiesta Fajita Seasoning
  • 1 can solid albacore tuna (you can use the chunk tuna, but it’s just not as tasty!)
  • About a Tablespoon Ranch dressing

Cut up the veggies and lettuce into bite sized pieces and put them in a bowl. Cut an avocado in half and place a halve  on top of the salad. Sprinkle the entire salad including the avocado with the lemon juice from 1/2 of a lemon or lime, salt, pepper, and fajita seasoning. Now mix 1 can of albacore tuna with just enough Ranch that the tuna sticks together. Put 1/2 of the tuna mixture inside of the avocado atop the salad you just made. Sprinkle the scoop of tuna with more fajita seasoning. Enjoy!

Seafood Salad-


  • 1/2 package Imitation Crab- High in protein and low in fat
  • 1 T. Miracle whip
  • 1 T. Lemon Juice + Lemon Juice desired to spread over the salad (1/2 lemon’s juice)
  • 1 green onion
  • A sprinkle of onion salt
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Spinach- Super high in Vitamin A and a good source of iron
  • Romain Lettuce
  • Purple Cabbage- High in fiber and potassium!
  • 1 teaspoon seafood cocktail sauce (optional)

Cut the green onions with kitchen shears. Shred the imitation crab with your fingers an combine it with the miracle whip, lemon juice, green onions, and a shake of onion salt. Cut up enough spinach and romaine lettuce to fill a cereal bowl. Squeeze 1/2 lemon or desired amount of lemon over the lettuce and sprinkle salt and pepper over it. Add your desired amount of Seafood salad on the top. Add a teaspoon of seafood cocktail sauce to your salad if desired. Enjoy!

Avocado and Egg Salad:

Avocado Egg Salad with bacon pieces

I first tried this salad in Chile and fell in love with the simplicity and flavor.


  • Romain lettuce roughly chopped
  • egg salad: Mine containes miracle whip, mustard, onion salt, and season all
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 Lemon’s Juice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Bac’n pieces or real bacon pieces
  • baby carrots (optional)

Chop your lettuce roughly and then squeeze 1/2 of lemon over it and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Now remove the avocado pit from your avocado half and stuff it with a large scoop of egg-sald. You may sprinkle more salt and pepper over the egg if you’d like or bacon pieces as desired. Add carrots to the salad if desired.  Makes 1 large bowl of salad or 2 servings.

Avocado Egg Salad with bacon pieces


Bacon Pieces- Add flavor without adding a ton of sodium or calories!

Celery Salad or Cucumber


  • 2 Celery stalks (It tastes great with cucumbers too)
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • veggie oil (if desired for more flavor)
  • salt
  • pepper

Slice your celery into long thin, bite-sized pieces until you’ve filled a cereal bowl. Cover the pieces with lemon juice and a sprinkle of veggie oil if desired. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the celery. I generally eat this one as a side since it it not quite as filling on it’s own.


Celery Salad with lemon juice and salt and pepper
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Cheap Exercise- Free Couch to 5K Ap from Zenlab’s Fitness

Matt and I enjoyed living in the south and eating out, perhaps a little too much. Living in a hotel I did manage to cook quite a bit, but by our second long-term stay hotel I lost some steam and we ate out a lot. Throwing all caution to the wind when it came to food, both of us have gained some weight.

So being in an apartment and without the easy access to exercisde equipment our hotels used to offer us, I’m looking for inexpensive ways to exercise. This morning I decided to go back to using an ap I really enjoyed this last summer. It’s called the C25K ap from Zenlab’s fitness. It’s based on an exercise program called the couch to 5k, which was designed to help people who haven’t been active, “couch potatoes” if you will, to get active by following a step-by-step program done 3 times a week for about 30 minutes each week. The program prompts you to walk and run in intervals until over time you are in a condition to run a 5k. It’s designed to help non-runners work up to running longer distances over time. The ap I mentioned above makes this easy by cutting into your running music and prompting you to start and stop running and letting you know how many more runs you have to complete and when you’re almost done. You just listen to your music and follow the directions to run and walk when it tells you to do so. I’m not an exercise fiend or a runner so I was amazed that this ap got and kept me running. I have never trained for more than a 5k yet, and the 5k training portion of the ap is free, so it’s been a great deal for me.

So if you don’t have money for a gym membership or the stamina to run continuously for 30 minutes, this ap could be away to get back into good habits or help you maintain good habits you’ve built. I fall on and off the exercise wagon often, but have come back to this ap a few times, so I hope it can be helpful for anyone who’s looking for inexpensive ways to get healthier.