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I didn’t think a salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, cottage cheese and an avocado-chile salsa would be enough to serve as a meal. I thought I was going to have to grill a chicken breast or find something else to serve alongside. I was wrong.
Patricia Wells’ Rancho Salad recipe from Salad as a Meal was surprisingly filling, crunchy and delicious. I decided to serve it on a warm spring evening primarily because nothing that would heat up the kitchen was required. It would be a perfect summer dinner when fresh, local tomatoes are at their peak.
I found the cutest hothouse cucumbers and loved the small, round visual element they gave this salad. I used a combination of yellow and orange heirloom tomatoes because that’s what I had on hand.
The Avocado-Chile Salsa contained avocado (of course), tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, a combination of lime and lemon juices and a dash of sea salt. I made the salsa a couple of hours ahead of time to let the flavors blend. It had a bit too much liquid, so I used a slotted spoon for serving. I’ll probably use two tablespoons of lemon/lime juice instead of three next time. This salsa would be terrific with a grilled chicken breast or nice piece of firm fish.
The salad is a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Selenium. If you’re watching your Sodium intake, note that cottage cheese is high in sodium. The salsa is very low in Cholesterol and is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Folate and Potassium.
All nutritional information provided here was calculated by Diabetic Foodie using the tools on the nutritiondata.com website.
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 139 calories, 3g fat (1g sat), 11mg cholesterol, 472mg sodium, 13g carb, 2g fiber, 7g sugar, 16g protein
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 96 calories, 8g fat (1g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 8g carb, 4g fiber, 2g sugar, 2g protein
Disclosure: For my participation in the Four Weeks of Salad as a Meal Challenge, I received a copy of Salad as a Meal by Patricia Wells plus two copies to give away. This post contains at least one affiliate link, which means if you click it and make a purchase, I will receive a tiny fee. Please see my disclosures page for more information.