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Skip ordinary cheese and crackers and use crisp, leafy endives for a plant-based pre-meal platter instead. This delicious appetizer is courtesy of Skyterra Wellness Retreat & Weight Loss Spa.
December 1, 2017 | Spa Index
Balance by bistroMD is the first meal delivery service to offer chef-prepared meals a-la-carte, without minimums, memberships, or recurring orders. The top-rated diet delivery and weight loss program, bistroMD, created this subscription-free service to provide healthy meals with convenience and flexibility.
October 24, 2017 | Spa Index
Pomegranates are a new superfood: They are high in vitamin C and potassium, a great source of fiber, and low in calories. Plus, they make this striking salad even more beautiful!
August 5, 2017 | Spa Index
This tasty salad recipe by New Life Hiking Spa in Vermont uses fresh crisp cucumbers, papaya and a tangy poppy seed dressing.
August 5, 2017 | Spa Index
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.
July 28, 2017 | Spa Index
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 with guests.
November 10, 2016 | Spa Index
Grilled Turkey Burgers are a terrific departure from beef, and Broccoli Slaws are popular in our home and office. They tote well, last a long time and improve with a day or two in the fridge.
October 1, 2016 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
With Cinco de Mayo coming up, its customary to serve our favorite Latin American dishes. Unfortunately, the most popular dishes can include cheesy, fatty appetizers, often high in fat. Enjoy this fresh shrimp dish instead!.
April 19, 2016 | Spa Index
This light, refreshing, and protein-rich Biggest Loser Sashimi Tuna Salad is perfect for a spa lunch.
April 11, 2016 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This chicken salad with pasta and sesame seeds and peanuts has a bonus of fresh spinach to make for a hearty and satisfying salad entree.
January 24, 2016 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This vibrant Thai Chicken Salad is bursting with flavor and lean, grilled protein. It’s a perfect summer lunch or dinner.
July 15, 2015 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This Roasted Beet Salad with a simple orange dressing is good year round, but especially nice in Summer and Autumn — beets are at their best from June through October.
August 14, 2014 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
Coriander Crusted Seared Scallops with Cilantro and Radicchio Salad topped with Bacon Vinaigrette
January 22, 2014 | Spa Index
This vibrant salad combines smoked salmon and roasted beets with cranberries, fennel and a honey balsamic vinaigrette
January 15, 2014 | Spa Index
This wonderful recipe from Canyon Ranch Health Resort can be enjoyed as a Salad Lunch or a Dinner Entree. Kid and Family Approved.
January 11, 2014 | Spa Index
This bright and festive Spinach Salad with Flax Seed Crunchies is full of flavor, nutrition and anti-oxidants from the pomegranate, spinach and flax.
January 8, 2014 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This Grilled Prawn Salad provides plenty of potassium, folate and heart-healthy fats. It makes for a delicious light lunch.
October 23, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
NBC’s BIGGEST LOSER program is conducted at the Biggest Loser Resorts, Utah and additional locations, but enthusiasts can duplicate many of its features recipes at home, including this tasty and aromatic recipe for Ginger and Lemongrass Turkey Sliders in Lettuce Cups.
October 8, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Biggest Loser Chef Devin Alexander found a way to create the Asian flavors you crave without breaking your calorie budget.
September 15, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
Toss this salad with some greens for a holiday salad or add some turkey from Thanksgiving for a scrumptious lunch or dinner.
September 4, 2013 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This creamy 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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
Canyon Ranch Spa guests have enjoyed Jet Fuel 5 Calorie Salad Dressing for more than 20 years. It can be customized in dozens of ways, too.
January 30, 2013 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This is a terrific recipe to use left over turkey from your holiday roast. High in protein from both the poultry and the Greek Yogurt, and full of fl
September 3, 2012 | Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
The addition of roasted portabello mushrooms adds flavor, contrast, texture, but very few calories, to this popular and classic “Caprese Salad”, perfect for lunches by the pool.
June 6, 2011 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
This dish really is perfect for breakfast, as a salad, or as a dessert. Honey and Sage Baked Peaches with Pistachios and Blue Cheese is courtesy of Red Mountain Spa. This light dish is sweet, savory, and tangy, and so easy to pull together. Enjoy it with fresh peaches during the summer, but you can also used frozen if that’s what you have.
March 25, 2011 | Spa Index
1000 island dressing is versatile in any number of ways: Use it as a dip for raw vegetables, as a salad dressing, or spread it on sandwiches or burgers.
March 8, 2010 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This salad dressing by Rancho La Puerta is a lovely citrus vinegar and oil recipe perfect for your summer salads, fish and seafood. It combines orange juice, oil and vinegar and wonderfully flavorful herbs — basil, cilantro, and thyme.
May 24, 2009 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index