Satisfying Fruit Salad

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While on vacation last week we stopped in at a restaurant that had a “Build-Your-Own” salad bar.  The salad I made was so yummy I decided to investigate the nutrition information and measure out a recipe that would ensure the salad stayed within guidelines for potassium and carbs for hubby’s twin dietary requirements of LOW POTASSIUM and LOW CARB.

Happily, this recipe is also LOW CALORIE.  So add your favorite low cal dressing and a protein – shrimp is a good protein choice for those who need to keep potassium low (in the salad pictured above I added langostino).

PS: If you are super observant you may notice that the salad pictured uses spring mix rather than red leaf lettuce.  If you don’t have a potassium problem, it doesn’t matter what lettuce you use.  However, if you have to watch your potassium intake, I found in my research that the lowest potassium lettuce seems to be red leaf, so that is why red leaf lettuce is listed in the ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup red leaf lettuce, chopped
1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup green apples, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons dried, sweetened cranberries
1 tablespoon red onion, chopped
1 inch cube feta
1 tablespoon roasted, salted pumpkin seeds

DIRECTIONS

Layer ingredients in a salad bowl in order listed.  Top with your favorite low cal dressing and protein.

Nutrition per serving*:

Calories 204, Carbs 37, Potassium 245, Sodium 344

*All nutrition info is the result of my internet/product research and should be considered approximate. You can find my favorite nutritional “go-to” sites in my blogroll.

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