MyPlate-Inspired Salads

Enjoy our favorite MyPlate-inspired salad recipes, which incorporate a variety of protein, vegetables, and fruits for well-rounded meal and side-dish options.

Shrimp, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad Recipe
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Nutritious Salad Recipes

Cooking Light is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America and USDA’s MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to thousands of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit Find recipes at

A key component of this initiative involves making half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Salads are a great option to implement this nutritious habit into a long-term healthy lifestyle.

First up: Creamy avocado and juicy grapefruit are tossed with shrimp for a quick salad that works well as a weeknight meal, or for entertaining guests.

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