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ABC Salad – Avocado Beets and Citrus!

ABC Salad - Avocado Beets Citrus Avocado, beets, and citrus are the key players in this salad. And, it’s almost as simple as ABC (you still have to roast the beets while you prepare the remaining ingredients). ABC Salad provides healthy fats, vitamin C, antioxidants, some fiber and stunning colors!
August 19, 2016 |

Rancho La Puerta Strawberry and Herb Salad

Strawberry and Herb Salad Chef Dan Richer was nominated by Rancho La Puerta guests to teach at La Cocina Que Canta. When he came to The Ranch, Chef Dan offered hands-on culinary experiences where guests prepared farm-to-table dishes under his direction. Dan’s clean cut and approachable teaching style kept the evening light and fun. Dan Richer is known for his fresh assembly of succulent salads and mouth-watering pizzas at his popular New Jersey restaurants, Razza Pizza Artigianale and Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria. He considers himself the anti-chef, trying to do less to the ingredients while allowing the meals he prepares to represent his philosophy of curating dishes of…
July 6, 2016 |

Rancho La Puerta Strawberry Risotto

Strawberry Risotto Inspired by a book of summer recipes from Italy, this savory Strawberry Risotto is surprisingly delicious, not at all cloying as one might suspect. The berries impart a pleasant tannic quality, as in wine-like, staining the risotto a pale rose color. Rice is traditional, but this is also delicious made with farro, an ancient wheat grain popular in Italy.
May 6, 2016 |

Dolphin Island Brown Rice and Fresh Fish Salad

Brown Rice and Fresh Fish Salad This delicious recipe for Brown Rice and Fresh Fish Salad was presented by Michel Louws as part of the MasterChef Masterclass presented on Dolphin Island in Fiji.   Don’t be intimidated by the steps and list of ingredients.  This vibrant, healthy, colorful and fresh salad is worth every bite.  That said, we made this without the crab (not in season) and used just fresh fish, and it was superb.  
April 30, 2016 |

Healthy Salads for Meal Planning

Healthy Salads: Kale Apple Quinoa Salad The secret to delicious, healthy salads is blending several sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami tastes to make an appetizing combination.  Here, Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts in New York two of their popular spa salads which feature superfoods, Kale, Spinach, Blueberries, and fit the bill, perfectly.
March 3, 2016 |

Pritikin Caesar Salad

Pritikin Caesar Salad The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends you eat at least 5 (and preferably many more!) servings of vegetables and greens each day for super nutrition. Plus, you’ll just naturally eat fewer calories and shed excess weight. The problem is, many salads in restaurants are calorie busters that are anything but healthy, racking up nearly 1,000 fat calories on average. Get all the deliciously tangy goodness of a Caesar but for about one-tenth the calories with this Pritikin Caesar Salad, always a hit in the dining room at the Pritikin Longevity Center. 
January 1, 2016 |

Pritikin Curry Waldorf Salad

Pritikin Curry Waldorf Salad The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends you eat at least 5 (and preferably many more!) servings of vegetables and greens each day for super nutrition. Plus, you’ll just naturally eat fewer calories and shed excess weight. The problem is, many salads in restaurants are calorie busters that are anything but healthy, racking up nearly 1,000 fat calories on average. Get all the deliciously tangy goodness of a Sweet Waldorf Salad but for about one-tenth the calories with this sweet, savory and filling Pritikin Curry Waldorf Salad, always a hit in the dining room at the Pritikin Longevity Center. 
December 15, 2015 |

Canyon Ranch Taco Salad

Canyon-Ranch-Taco-Salad[1] This simple salad by Canyon Ranch is a wonderful entree for a Southwestern luncheon. Serve the salad with spa guacamole on the side and fresh tropical fruit for dessert.
June 7, 2015 |

Pritikin Citrus Fennel Mango Salad

Pritikin Citrus Fennel mango Salad This Pritikin Citrus Fennel Mango Salad is proof positive that healthy food can be as enticing to the palate as expensive red wine! You’ll love this recipe’s complex blend of citrus zest, licorice-flavored fennel, tropical mango, and fresh cilantro.
May 8, 2015 |

Afterglow Almond Butter Dressing

Mountain Trek Afterglow Almond Butter The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including this Mountain Trek Gluten Afterglow Almond Butter Dressing served with salads or as a veggie dip.   This is the most requested recipe at Mountain Trek and for good reason: it’s delicious and makes you want to eat salads!
May 3, 2015 |

Fennel Kale Slaw

Fennel Kale Slaw Recipe Full of color, texture and flavor – this recipe for Fennel Kale Slaw is a highly nutritious salad, especially when it is topped with mung bean sprouts! By the way, the longer it marinates the better it tastes!  It was developed by Marni Wasserman for Grail Springs Retreat in Ontario, where it is a guest favorite salad — and no one misses the mayonnaise.
March 26, 2015 |

Beet and Orange Salad

Beet and Orange Salad Here is a delicious and vibrant recipe for Beet and Orange Salad from our vegetarian menu at the Cliffs of Moher Retreat. It’s one of the popular entrees with guests.    This retreat is set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher and the beautiful countryside of County Clare, Ireland.  We are located on the west coast of Ireland and Europe just about the mid-point of The Wild Atlantic Way, a 400 Kilometre stretch along the Ireland’s rugged western coastline.
December 12, 2014 |

Kale Caesar Salad

kale This twist on the classic Caesar salad is heartier and healthier. Kale contains essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Instead of anchovies, garlic and lemon give this salad a vibrant Italian bite while the naked goat cheese gives it a Parmesan-like flavor.
December 2, 2014 |

Canyon Ranch Cold Pea Salad

Peas Fresh This unique salad is wonderful for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time. In fact, we like it even better the day after it is made. Because it is so easy to serve it is perfect for buffet-style service, a delightful addition to holiday menus, and great for picnics and tailgate parties.
August 19, 2014 |

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint Recipe

watermelon salad During what can be stiflingly hot, summer days, everyone craves cool refreshment, for both the body and tongue, whether it be by swimming in the sea, lakes, rivers or swimming pools, sipping iced tea and flavored waters, or staying indoors with the air conditioning and a cooling body treatment or facial. One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is with chilled cuisine, and a particularly refreshing dish is a unique, Watermelon Salad with Feta and  Mint, served by a Virginia B&B — the Iris Inn — to its guests.
July 28, 2014 |

Cucumber Mint Salad with Chives and Sesame

cucumber mint salad This is a beautiful spring salad with fresh, bright, green flavors.  It can be customized any number of ways by substituting your favorite herbs.  It’s a wonderful side salad for a spa party or reception.  Don’t make it too far ahead, however — the cucumber ribbons tend to wilt after a time.
April 8, 2014 |

Avocado and Kale Super Salad

Avocado-Kale-Salad Blum Center for Health (located just moments from Doral Arrowwood Hotel Conference Center in Rye Brook, New York) uses their expertise in Food as Medicine, Mind.Body.Spirit and Functional Medicine to custom design your treatment program. Classes offered include Nutrition in the Kitchen as well as cooking gluten free, and cooking with children.
March 19, 2014 |

Rosemary Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

RoastedBeetSalad The beets in this salad give a hearty and rich, earthy flavor, which pairs well with the sweet caramelized onions and peppery arugula. The creamy goat cheese, and crunchy buttery hazelnuts pull it all together to make this salad fit and delicious!
March 17, 2014 |

Golden Door Four Citrus Salad with Honey and Sherry

Orange Sections This four citrus salad courtesy of Golden Door Spa in Escondido is light, lively, and beautiful. We are fortunate to have citrus year round so we don’t need to rely on specific seasons, but the salad is good any time of year if you wish to substitute a few citrus fruits available and supplement with other colorful fruits, including pear and pomegranate seeds.
March 16, 2014 |

Jicama Slaw with Pink Grapefruit and Citrus Dressing

Jicama Grapefruit Slaw Beneath its rough skin, jicama is pearly white, mildly sweet, and addictively juicy and crunchy, especially with a squeeze of lime. Slice it into elegant julienne and mix it with red cabbage and shredded carrots from the garden. Limes and grapefruit sparkle in the exotic citrus-based dressing.
March 9, 2014 |

Broadmoor Kale Salad with Squash and Orange Chips

Kale Salad with Squash and Oranges This delicious salad is served at the Broadmoor Resort & Spa in its Tavern Restaurant.  It was created by David Patterson, Executive Sous Chef & Andreas Hartmann, Chef de Cuisine, and makes use of Kale, a SuperFood, and sweet and savory components, including wonderful dried orange slices.
February 12, 2014 |

Avocado Walnut and Crispy Bacon Salad

Avocado Here is a deliciously interesting salad: Avocado, Walnut & Crispy Bacon. While all three of these foods are considered high fat, they are very satisfying when modest portions are measured out and will keep you sated.
December 23, 2013 |

Rancho La Puerta Spiced Apple Salad

Spiced-Apple-Salad Rancho La  Puerta Executive Chef Bill Wavrin, author of the best-selling Rancho La Puerta Cookbook, comments that this salad is “often requested by returning guests who can’t wait to get back and have it for lunch.”
September 5, 2013 |

Super Salmon Blueberry Salad

blueberry-salmon-salad  This salad is a power house of super foods!  Super Anti Oxidant Blueberries and Omega-3 rich Salmon are simply dressed with sweet onions, red wine vinegar, a little seasoning, and olive oil. It’s simple and perfect.
August 20, 2013 |

Green Bean Potato Salad

green bean potato salad The bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables at Farmer’s Markets and Produce Stands makes it easy to select healthy and flavorful side dishes to accompany the sizzling steaks, chicken, and hamburgers of summer months.  Banish the mayonnaise coated potato salad from your picnic table, and try this light, flavorful Green Bean and Red Potato Salad instead, courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run in Vermont.
June 13, 2013 |

Greek Ribbon Squash Salad

Greek-Ribbon-Squash-Salad.ashx_[1] Isn’t this a beautiful salad? We found it browsing the  McCormick’s website and thought it was a perfect Summer Spa Salad.  Ribbons of summer squash are dressed in a Greek vinaigrette for an appealing summertime salad. For effortless, paper-thin squash ribbons, use a vegetable peeler or a mandolin.  We enjoyed this salad with grilled Halloumi in place of the Feta, for an entree-salad.
June 10, 2013 |

Heart Healthy Chicken Fruit Salad

Heart Healthy Chicken Salad This Heart Healthy Chicken Fruit Salad by Cardiology Associates is full of chunky chicken, tasty pineapple, sweet grapes, and a low fat dressing.  Serve at your spa party, or, take it to  work for lunch with low fat crackers or pita bread.
April 15, 2013 |

Creamy Kiwi Dressing

Kiwi Fruit This dressing can be used on salads of all types, or as a sauce on cold fish, poultry, or meat. Also, by substituting white wine or pineapple juice for the rice vinegar called for, it can be served as a dessert or a chilled fruit soup. The exotic sweet-tart flavor of the kiwi works equally well in both sweet and savory dishes, making it an exceedingly versatile ingredient.
February 28, 2013 |

Black Bean Salad

black beans This is a simple bean salad from The UltraMetabolism Cookbook 200 Delicious Recipes That Will Turn on Your Fat-Burning DNA. Dr. Mark Hyman, The UltraWellness Center.   Like any bean salad, this one is best made ahead of time, so the flavors can reach their full potential before serving.  The dressing is equally good on garbanzo beans or kidney beans.
January 30, 2013 |

Canyon Ranch Buffalo Chicken Salad

buffalo chicken salad Canyon Ranch Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein shows you how to create a delicious, easy, healthy game-day party dish, Buffalo Chicken Salad.   Who needs those messy bones and sticky fingers and fat calories? This has all of the flavor of wings, plus flavor and sophistication.
January 28, 2013 |

Gigante Bean Salad with Black Olive and Pesto Recipe

Gigante Bean Salad Nestled in the sand on the Santa Monica coast in California, Shutters On The Beach is a favorite luxury seaside resort, serving up fresh and delicious food with style year-round.   In The Summertime Anytime Cookbook, Dana Slatkin shares 130 irresistible recipes from her family’s celebrated hotel for any day or night at the beach, including this delicious salad.
September 24, 2012 |

Chicken Caesar Pita Pizza

chicken caesar pita pizza At Red Mountain Spa in Utah, guests are educated to increase their awareness of the role of nutrition in the pursuit of optimum health. Changing the way we think about eating and food is the key to success. All meals, such as this delicious Chicken Caesar Pita Pizza, are included in your Red Mountain spa program, and are guaranteed to be satisfying and energizing.
May 23, 2012 |

Lentil Orzo Salad

lentils This salad can be made ahead and keeps very well, making an ideal candidate for toting to work during the week.  We found the dressing very astringent, so be sure to season and taste as you go, or, use your favorite vinaigrette.
January 16, 2012 |

Biggest Loser Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Biggest-Loser-Chicken-Wraps[1] Don’t let the long list of ingredients deter you from making this savory wrap.  It’s worth it, plus, it has great protein calories and is very satisfying.   It’s fun to make with friends.  Buy a bottle of white wine and settle in to make this as a fun friends in the kitchen party. Use very cold and crisp lettuce to give a nice crunch to this hand-held lunch treat.
May 16, 2011 |

Chicken and Grape Salad

Chicken and Grape Salad The Chicken and Grape Salad is a favorite of guests at The Heartland Spa in Wisconsin. It’s sure to please and makes the perfect addition to a summer lunch menu. Serve it on top of fresh lettuce leaves, stuffed inside whole wheat pita bread, or along slide a sliced tomato.
June 1, 2009 |

Thai Beef Salad

thai beef salad This summer, the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand introduced  Ginja Cook,  a contemporary learning facility introducing rich Thai cuisine heritage to all age groups visiting the resort and spa.   Ginja Cook’s “Everyone is Welcome” approach offers personalized individual, family and group culinary courses. The courses aim to provide an insight into the unique art of Thai cuisine, demonstrating simple preparation techniques for traditional dishes, and to respect the culinary past while embracing the future with contemporary life-style twist.
June 10, 2006 |
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