Food Friday – Healthy Side Dishes

Tis’ the season for BBQ’s and Party’s! Sometimes this can be just as bad as the holidays when it comes to eating healthy. Rolls and potato salads take over the outdoor buffet.  When you are asked to brink a dish, don’t slack and offer to bring chips. Take the time to make something that is delicious and healthy just in case your options are few. With so many sites offering healthy recipes, take a risk and try out a new dish.

Here is a summer salad recipe for starters. You can find this recipe and many others at


Roasted Rhubarb Salad:


  • 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces fresh rhubarb
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss rhubarb with sugar in a medium bowl until well coated; let stand, stirring once or twice, for about 10 minutes. Spread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, oil, shallot, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add greens; toss to coat with the dressing. Divide the greens among 4 plates. Top with the rhubarb, goat cheese (or feta), walnuts and raisins.


  • Tip: To toast chopped nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.


Per serving: 197 calories; 12 g fat ( 3 g sat , 4 g mono ); 7 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 6 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 3 g fiber; 211 mg sodium; 387 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (21% daily value), Vitamin C (17% dv)


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