Side Orders: Why not make salad your main dinner dish?

Chopped Albacore Salad with Asian Dressing can make good use of the canned tuna in your pantry. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

It's hard to believe that, by this time next week, spring will have arrived. At least that's what the calendar says, if not the thermometer, so it's time to lighten up your meals.

One of the best ways to do that is by shedding the heavy meals of winter and instead serving a main-dish salad for dinner at least once a week. Chock-full of vegetables and topped with chicken, lean steak or a filet of salmon, it's full of vitamins and protein, a win-win for dinner. A big salad will fill you up and lessen your calorie intake for the day, just as long as you leave off the cheese and croutons and don't drown your salad with dressing.