The Salad Gallery: Spice Up Your Leafy Greens! | A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss

The Salad Gallery: Spice Up Your Leafy Greens!


You know how we do it, and you know what time it is. Let’s go!

These photos were swiped from my instagram account – are you following me at bgg2wl? – and are posted to my twitter account – are you following me @bgg2wl? – and perhaps should be posted on my facebook page – of course I’m gonna ask it… are you a fan? – but are now here, on the blog!

Kidney beans, chicken strips, grape tomatoes, red orange and green peppers, green onions and sesame seed vinaigrette over spinach.

Grape tomatoes, dried cranberries, blue cheese, chicken, walnuts and arugula.

Grape tomatoes, marinated red onions, chickpeas, shallots on mixed greens.

Tomatoes, star fruit, red peppers, and shrimp coated with cilantro pesto.

The “caribbean cobb salad:” mangoes, grape tomatoes, red onions, pepper jack cheese, blackened chicken on green leaf lettuce.

The Mediterranean Mama: cured olives, sun dried tomatoes, grape tomatoes (clearly, I love my grape tomatoes!), feta cheese on a bed of cucumbers.

Salmon, orange slices, red peppers, onions, cilantro – looooots of cilantro – and leafy greens.

Shrimp doused with coriander and lemongrass, coconut shavings, mango, red peppers, in a coconut milk dressing.

For more information on The Salad Gallery, check out Creating A $36 Salad At Home and The Salad Gallery, Round 2!

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She now lives in New York with her family, and is working on her 4th, 5th and 6th certificates.


  1. Marie

    July 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Oh my god!!!! I’ m salivating!!

    And I recently heard at my parents’ house that salad is not “real food” …. –‘


    • Allegra

      July 15, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      @ Marie LOL. I try to eat healthy… but my fam is always giving me a hard time 😉

  2. NaturalBlackOne

    July 13, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Where dem recipes at?? (Just had to go Ebonics on this!!) They all look delicious and I want to try them, especially the Caribbean Cobb and the one with the shrimp pesto!

  3. Allegra

    July 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Hey this looks great! Veggies are the most important foods to eat and I am always looking for more ideas! Thanks! Beautiful blog!

  4. Sita

    July 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Gorgeous photos and mouthwatering combinations. But I have to ask, as I always do when I see a “main course salad”, what about the carbohydrates? Often, when I’m at a restaurant, the healthiest item I can see on the menu (and, often, the only way to eat some vegetables) is to have a main course salad. But when I do that I’m still totally ravenous because there are no accompanying carbs. I feel dumb asking for a side order of rice/bread (and a bowl of plain rice is horrible to eat), but I hate to leave a restaurant feeling hungry. What are your suggestions for how to approach this?

    • Erika Nicole Kendall

      July 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Carbs? Vegetables are carbs. You’re asking about bread, which is a very different ballgame.

      Bread isn’t what keeps you from feeling unsatisfied or keeps you from redeveloping that “hungry” feeling. Protein (and a little bit of fat) do that, LOL.

  5. Aliya

    August 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Beautiful pics everything looks delicious

  6. NewlyNatural

    January 4, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    What brand of sesame viniagrette do you use or is it a homemade recipe?? I’ve been looking for one forever!

    • Erika Nicole Kendall

      January 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Oh, that’s homemade, baby! I’ll be sure to share the recipe, though. :)

      • NewlyNatural

        January 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Please please please do ASAP! I’ve been looking for a good one for months! Thanks in advance!

  7. Leah

    February 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Sis, thank you for this! I was just thinking “Man, I know I need to eat salad, but this is getting boring.” Boom! You have a salad gallery! Definitely giving me some great ideas! :)

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