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I read Roni’s post yesterday before dinner and it made me rethink the choice I was going to made for dinner.

If you remember, I had pizza yesterday for lunch; and if you look at my food diary from yesterday, my lunch had whopping 683 calories. On most other days after having pizza for lunch, I would have given up and had “whatever” for dinner as I had already eaten crap and gotten “off” the good eating plan. BUT NOT YESTERDAY!

Instead, yesterday I decided to make the right choice for dinner and had Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dressing. It only had 163 calories. Making the right choice meant that I was within my calorie goal for yesterday including not going above target for fat and carbs.

Spinach Salad Warm Maple Dressing is my favourite “go to salad“. I have it for lunch when I am not sure what to eat or make it a side. It is also a great salad to make for dinners, etc. I sometimes don’t add cheese the recipe calls for. I am copying the recipe below but it is copy right of Eating Well. Also, there are great suggestions to jazz it up on their website.

Spinach Salad Warm Maple Dressing (4 Servings, Average Serving Size: 2 Cups)


  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans (I sometimes use walnuts)
  • 1 10-ounce package fresh spinach, torn, or 12 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded smoked cheese, such as Gouda or Cheddar


  1. Toast pecans in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring often, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.
  2. Toss spinach and cucumber in a salad bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add vinegar and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Immediately pour the dressing over the spinach and cucumber. Toss well and sprinkle with cheese and toasted pecans.


Per serving: 163 calories; 12 g fat ( 2 g sat , 7 g mono ); 7 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein;2 g fiber; 183 mg sodium; 531 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (130% daily value); Folate (37% dv), Vitamin C (35% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat