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Old 07-29-2018, 15:29   #11
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It's taken me a while to post on this thread, but I should because I must eat at least one salad a day.

My weekday go-to is greens from a bag (I prefer spring mix but am not above buying what's on sale) with cucumber, jalapeņo/serrano pepper, and a couple of mushroom slices thrown in. If I have them to use up, I'll toss in a couple of teaspoons of minced onion (I really like a llittle onion in my salad). The protein varies depending on what's in the house and often is leftovers. The dressing varies depending on how much fat there is in the protein and how tired I am of the creamy low-carb dressings we have on hand (DW is not a fan of them so only I use the ones we have in the house and I like to use them up before they expire lol).

My secret ingredient on salads is pickle juice (or, on rare occasions, lemon or lime juice). I just like how it brightens the bowl and adds a bit of bite against what typically are creamier or blander ingredients.

As I post this I'm eating a "cook's salad" (it's not quite a chef's salad) of red-leaf lettuce; cucumbers, jalapeņo; a little zucchini I had to use up; the remainder of this week's crimini mushrooms; leftover chicken, ham, and what little is left of some Gouda cheese, topped with a little extra virgin olive oil and served with some pork rinds. Works for me...
I eat pickles almost every day and drink the juice after the pickles are gone. I never thought of using the juice in salad!!!! YUMMIE!

If you've ever heard of Braums here in the south........it's a burger/ice cream store/fast food place that has a "special ketchup" they use.

I worked in a Braums some years ago, and their "special ketchup" is regular ketchup mixed with pickle juice!!!

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their "special ketchup" is regular ketchup mixed with pickle juice!!!
I could do that ... once I find a keto ketchup recipe (lots o' sugar in that red bottle). I really should make my own. I like ketchup but I don't like the sugar it adds so I haven't been using it. Maybe not on salads, but there's plenty else to put it on.

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I could do that ... once I find a keto ketchup recipe (lots o' sugar in that red bottle). I really should make my own. I like ketchup but I don't like the sugar it adds so I haven't been using it. Maybe not on salads, but there's plenty else to put it on.
Absolutely it has tons of sugar in it. One of the "standard" ingredients that is a staple in all food production in this country. There's a conspiracy theory behind that, but thats another story.....LOL

If you are game for it, you can make your own tomato paste, and then make your own ketchup from that. You don't have to use the same spices this recipe calls for - it depends on your taste and what you intend to use the paste for.

Once you make your own paste, you can make your own sauces, ketchup, and marinara's.

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-mak...-kitchn-206853


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Thanks, Chaidragonfire! I've made my own ketchup before but, of course, it used sugar or honey or some sweetener that's now off my list. I did, however buy a bag of Swerve sugar substitute today so I might try a favorite ketchup recipe using Swerve instead of sugar. So I may be pretty close to eating ketchup again (though still not on salads!).

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What a great idea! I love pickle juice and can drink it straight.
One of the small towns that I lived in as a teenager sold pickles, for a nickel you could get a small cup of pickle juice. I always chose it over a soft drink.
I love pickle juice as well. I remember I bought one of those giant pickles at the movie theater when I was a kid, and they were going to drain the pickle juice. I'm glad I was watching them cuz I almost flew over the counter to stop the clerk from draining my pickle juice. I popped a straw in the bag and drank the juice. YUMMO!

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One weird thing about me and salad......and I'm talking about the usual salad with the greens and veggies.........my blood sugar usually gets stuck around 175 when eating salads.

You might say it's the tomatoes or the dressing, but I eat tomatoes and dressing on my sandwiches too........but when I'm eating sandwiches, my blood sugar goes back down under 150!!

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Well, serving sizes? My salad bowl is a lot bigger than just about any bread I would consider using for a sandwich. Do you use the same amount of tomatoes and dressing on a salad as you do on a sandwich? Is the protein often the same (i.e., you're not putting just lean proteins on one and not on the other)?

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I had a fantastic salad yesterday for lunch - at first I thought it might be a bit carb rich but the carb items were used sparingly so that was good.

It was a warm pear salad with goat cheese and dandelion greens. Not a big impact on my BGs and it was good! Think I will have that again.

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Well, serving sizes? My salad bowl is a lot bigger than just about any bread I would consider using for a sandwich. Do you use the same amount of tomatoes and dressing on a salad as you do on a sandwich? Is the protein often the same (i.e., you're not putting just lean proteins on one and not on the other)?
I use the same stuff on both......veggies, meats, cheeses, dressing, whatever. I like certain tastes and I tend to use the same on salads and sandwiches.

Only difference is, one is in a bowl with lettuce or greens instead of bread, and the other is on a plate with that Keto bread I make now.

The bowl is about double the size of a restaurant salad bowl. I use 2-4 slices of a big tomato on the sandwich, and I use the little "grape" tomatoes on the salad...usually about 4-6 of them.

The dressing is more on the salad than on the bread, but it's not that much more, I don't think. I know dressing has a lot of sugar, but even for a bit more than what's used on the sandwich, it wouldn't spike me that bad.

I mean, I can eat a Hershey bar and my blood sugar wont budge, and that has more sugar than the amount of dressing I use.

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I had a fantastic salad yesterday for lunch - at first I thought it might be a bit carb rich but the carb items were used sparingly so that was good.

It was a warm pear salad with goat cheese and dandelion greens. Not a big impact on my BGs and it was good! Think I will have that again.
Sounds yummie!

I stayed with some people once, when I was moving around here and there for a bit. The ladies husband made dinner one night and he made a salad out of shredded spinach, romaine, and some other dark green. He tossed in some chopped candied walnuts, some dried cranberries, and some raspberry vinaigrette. WOW that was good!!!!

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