If you’re dieting this summer, chances are, you’re very familiar with salads. You’re probably eating them for lunch and dinner and maybe even snacking on them between meals — and you’re probably bored with them. If so, keep reading! I’ve been munching salads for ages now, and I’ve got 17 salad recipes to lose weight and still tempt your taste buds. Enjoy!
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1 Spinach and Feta Salad
This is one of my favorite summer salad recipes to lose weight! It’s also very simple to make… fill a medium-sized bowl with baby spinach leaves (washed, of course!), then add a handful of dried cherries or cranberries, some carrot shavings, and top with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. If you can afford the calories, you may also add some feta cheese crumbles. Yum!
2 Slim Caesar Salad
This salad recipe to lose weight is garlicky, so it’s not the best for date night, unless you both eat it! Fill a medium-sized bowl with romaine pieces, then add a few low-cal croutons, a little shredded low-fat parmesan cheese, the top with low-fat or fat-free Caesar dressing (I love Ken’s), toss, and enjoy! You might also want to top with diced grilled chicken breast or salmon for a complete meal, one that’s loaded with lean protein.
3 Veggie Medley Salad
This is another salad recipe to lose weight that tastes great! Fill a medium bowl with iceberg lettuce, then add sliced cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, carrot shavings, shredded purple cabbage, and some pea pods. Top with your favorite low-cal or no-cal dressing and enjoy all the colorful veggie delights!
4 Fruit Salad
How sweet! This salad recipe to lose weight is a dieter’s best friend because it’s so good for you, and it’s so good at satisfying your sweet tooth! Grab a big bowl and fill it with the following: sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi, blueberries, seedless grapes, sliced starfruit, pineapple, mandarin oranges, blackberries, and watermelon scoops. Don’t like one of the ingredients? Substitute another fruit! Want some extra crunch? Add some chopped walnuts or almonds!
5 Pasta Salad
This is a popular cookout side dish, but often the way it’s prepared can be very fattening! Try this version as a salad recipe to lose weight… cook one box of whole-grain rotini pasta, then allow to cool. Toss with low-cal or no-cal Italian dressing, then add sliced cherry tomatoes, sliced black olives, and diced green bell pepper. If you can find it, also toss in some low-fat feta cheese crumbles; if not, throw in whatever low-cal cheese you can find. This is best served chilled.
6 Quinoa and Berry Salad
Did you know that some salad recipes to lose weight are actually NOT vegetarian-friendly? Ah, but this one is! In a bowl, combine 1 and a half cups of cooked quinoa with about 2 cups of diced cucumber, 1 handful of sliced strawberries, a diced Granny Smith apple, and about ¼ cup of tiny diced red onion. Toss with about 4 tablespoons of your favorite balsamic vinaigrette dressing. So rich and tasty, and so filling!
7 Spinach and Pecan Salad
This salad recipe to lose weight is also good for diabetics… and it’s delicious! Fill a large bowl with baby spinach leaves, then toss in a third of a cup EACH of diced red onion, pecan halves (crunched up), and dried cranberries. Optionally, you can crumble in some cooked turkey bacon, but I prefer this salad without it. Top with your favorite low-cal or no-cal mustard dressing, or mix your own by whisking together ¼ cup white wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, ¼ cup of canola oil, 2 tablespoons of non-fat mayo, and a little salt and pepper.
8 Asian Noodle Pasta Salad
This salad recipe to lose weight is a little more difficult to prepare, but it’s so delicious, it’s worth every second spent in the kitchen! Cook one medium baby bok choy (sliced),1 cup of shredded carrots, 2 sliced green onions, 1 heaping teaspoon of ginger, and finely chopped clove of garlic in ½ cup of your favorite low-cal Italian dressing, stirring occasionally, for about 4 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook for 1 minute or just until spinach is wilted. Combine another ¼ cup of dressing with 2 teaspoons of low-sodium soy sauce in large serving bowl, then toss in 8 ounces of whole wheat cooked and drained spaghetti and spinach mixture. Make it pretty by garnishing with ¼ cup of sliced toasted almonds. Like I said, a little more difficult, but so tasty!
9 Arugula and Roasted Red Pepper Salad
I freely admit I first tried this healthy salad recipe because I love saying the word “arugula.” (It’s a vegetable.) But once I tried it, I was hooked! Simply layer a bag of arugula leaves on a large plate (or in a bowl), top with a small jar of roasted red peppers and a few chopped basil leaves, then drizzle with a light balsamic vinaigrette. Quick and tasty, and only 40 calories per serving!
10 Apple, Berry and Endive Salad
This weight-loss salad recipe is all about the thin slicing. Every item in to be thin sliced, so get your sharpest knife and look out for fingers! Simply toss together a 2 heads of endive, one Granny Smith apple, half a red onion, and a handful of ripe strawberries. Drizzle with Wish-Bone® Raspberry Hazelnut Vinaigrette Dressing… and enjoy! Each serving contains about 120 calories, fewer if you use less dressing.
11 Taco Salad
Generally speaking, taco salads tend not to be healthy salads because of the meat and the taco chips or shell. This recipe, however, uses beans instead of meat and an iceberg lettuce leaf cup rather than a traditional shell, so it’s suddenly a salad recipe to lose weight, not gain it. Brown some sliced squash and zucchini, plus half a red onion (sliced) and a handful of sliced mushrooms in the oven for 20 minutes, and while that’s baking, make your own salsa (or guacamole) by dicing 2 tomatoes and ¼ cup of cilantro with about ½ cup of diced red onion (and mix with a small avocado if you want the guac option). Drain and rinse a can of black beans with a little cumin and chili powder (this replaces the meat) and mix it all together with a handful of shredded iceberg lettuce on a large, crisp lettuce leaf.
12 Nutty Apple Salad
This salad actually satisfies my salty and savory craving, so it’s a staple at my house! Toss together 2 cups of mixed greens, one sliced Granny Smith apple, and ½ cup of cashew halves… drizzle with apple cider vinegar and enjoy!
13 CAT Salad
No, silly, this salad doesn’t contain cats! The CAT stands for celery, asparagus, and tomato. Cut a head of iceberg lettuce into 6 wedges, then arrange them on a platter with 6 stalks of washed celery and about 1 cup each of blanched asparagus and green beans. In the middle, pool a mix of baby carrots and cherry or grape tomatoes. Top with chopped green onion and drizzle with a light vinaigrette. It looks so colorful and pretty!
14 Egg and Asparagus Salad
Another healthy salad recipe with asparagus… cool! For this recipe, chop a few stalks of asparagus and cook them in a little olive oil and garlic. Add a dash of ground black pepper, then serve them on a bed of mixed greens and add one chopped hard-boiled egg. No dressing required!
15 PB&G Salad
Who knew peanut butter could work as a high-protein dressing? Whisk together ½ tablespoon of natural peanut butter (it’s lower in fat than other peanut butter) and 1½ teaspoons of warm water til smooth, then drizzle it over 2 cups of fresh mixed greens and ½ cup organic raisins. Sounds strange, tastes delicious!
16 Fiesta Bowl Salad
Oh-so-good on a hot summer day! Mix together the juice of half a lime with ¼ cup of grape tomatoes (halved), ¼ cup diced avocado, a small can of corn, and a ½ cup of rinsed black beans. Serve this tasty combo over a bed of romaine lettuce. Crisp!
17 Tropical Toss Salad
This is an ideal salad for breakfast… who says salad is for lunch and dinner only? Peel and section an orange and a pink grapefruit, then toss with ¼ cup of fresh pineapple. I love this with a little plain Greek yoghurt on the side.
With so many salad recipes to lose weight, that taste great, why not whip one up for lunch today? You’ll be so glad you did, rather than wasting calories on a burger or sandwich… think of all those calories you saved! Which of these healthy salad recipes sounds the best to you? Or do you have another weight-loss salad recipe to share?
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