Chopped Vegetable Salad

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Joan Lunden

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Veg salad large

For years I've made many versions of this salad, which I vary depending on whether I'm serving my kids or company. For fun, try new combinations of contrasting colored vegetables, chopped into bite-size pieces. The presentation is quite spectacular when you layer the ingredients in a clear glass serving bowl.

Serves 8

1 head of romaine lettuce (or lettuce of choice), rinsed, spun dry, and torn into bite-size pieces (about 6 cups, loosely packed)
1 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 bunch beets, cooked, peeled, and chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
3 fresh ears of corn, grilled or boiled and cut off the cob (or 1 cup defrosted frozen corn)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cups cooked, chopped turkey or poached chicken breast
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped, mixed fresh herbs (e.g., parsley, dill, basil)
1/2 cup pitted black olives, optional
1 1/2 cups Low-Fat Ranch Dressing or your favorite purchased low fat dressing

Spread the romaine on the bottom of a large glass bowl, and layer the remaining ingredients on top of the lettuce. Add the dressing, and toss well.

Nutritional Analysis per serving: 217 calories; 25% calories from fat; 6 grams of fat; 357 milligrams of sodium

Source: Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking by Joan Lunden and Laura Morton - See more at:

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About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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