Summer spinach salad

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Ingredients:  (For 4 persons)
Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 packages artificial sweetener

Salad:

  • 2 cups cooked bowtie or rotini noodles
  • 2 cups torn raw spinach
  • 3/4 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 medium tomato or 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup seedless grapes
  • 1/2 cup raw snow peas
  • 1/2 pound cooked shrimp or
  • 8 oz. grilled chicken breast

(For 2 persons)
Dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 package artificial sweetener

Salad:

  • 1 cup cooked noodles
  • 1 cup torn raw spinach
  • 1/3 cup sliced celery
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup seedless grapes
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/4 pound cooked shrimp or 4 oz. grilled chicken

Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Pint jar with lid
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Large salad bowl
  • Salad tongs or mixing spoons

Directions:

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions, but do not add salt to water. Drain, rinse, and cool.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients in pint jar, close with lid, and shake well.
  3. Place torn fresh spinach in large salad bowl. Chop celery and green onions. Slice fresh tomato into small wedges or cut cherry tomatoes into halves.  Wash grapes and snow peas and add all to salad bowl.
  4. If using fresh or frozen shrimp, remove peels and veins. If using chicken, cut into bite-size pieces using separate cutting board. Add to salad bowl.
  5. Place drained and cooled pasta in salad bowl. Shake dressing well and pour over salad. Toss with salad tongs or 2 large spoons.

Nutrition information:
Calories: 276. Sodium: 85 mg, Carbohydrate: 32 g, Protein:18 g, Fat: 8.5 g,
Exchanges: 2 Starches, 2 Very Lean Meats, 1 Monounsaturated Fat

Notes:

  1. This salad could be made with canned shrimp, canned tuna, or canned chicken breast. The result would be higher in sodium, but there would be little difference in calories.
  2. This is a very colorful salad. It would make a wonderful company dish as well as an attractive dish for a covered-dish supper.

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