15 Healthy Salad Recipes for Weight Loss

Healthy Salad Recipes for Weight Loss
Healthy Salad Recipes for Weight Loss

In this article for healthy salad recipes for weight loss, we will share 15 delicious, filling, easy salads. And recipes for healthy salad dressings.

Salads are a great way to quickly double your vegetable intake. Try having one healthy salad per day for either lunch or dinner.

Healthy Salad Recipes for Weight Loss

Healthy salads are easier (and less expensive) to make at home, than to eat out! You can control what, and how much, of an item goes into your salad!

Don’t get me wrong… I love ordering salads at restaurants, and there is a favorite lunch spot that I frequent often. And do you know what I notice? Often I get extra croutons, or the cheese or dressing seams heavier.

If you are looking to lose weight with weight loss salads, I recommend you make them at home.

In this article you will find:

  • Salad Recipes with Fruit
  • Healthy Salad Recipes with Chicken
  • Vegetarian Salad Recipes
  • Quinoa Salad Recipes
  • Easy Salad Recipes
  • Recipes for Healthy Salad Dressings
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Salad Recipes with Fruit

The following salad recipes with fruit are great options when your favorite fruits are in season.

Some of these fruit salad recipes also include chicken… and some recipes below in the Healthy Recipes with Chicken section below have fruit. So keep scrolling for more salad recipes with fruit.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This strawberry spinach salad is an all time favorite on this website! It’s metabolism boosting and completely delicious!

We love salad recipes with fruit that include extra protein, and this one is packed with it! Between the walnuts, cheese, and chicken, this is a protein packed weight loss salad recipe.

Anti Inflammatory Foods Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 313 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced lengthwise
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup precooked rotisserie chicken shredded –optional-
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled cheese such as Chevre feta or blue cheese
  • Strawberry citrus vinaigrette
  • 5 strawberries quartered
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Make the vinaigrette ahead of time, combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Move to a jar and place in the fridge for 1-4 hours to marinate.
  • Cover a large platter with baby spinach, then top with strawberries, walnuts and chicken.
  • Drizzle half the dressing over the spinach, place the rest of the dressing next to the salad.
  • Top with cheese, freshly grated pepper and serve with Opolo pinot gris
  • NOTE- If you choose to take this Strawberry Spinach Salad salad with you on a picnic or potluck, place the spinach in a large Tupperware container, cover with 2 layers of paper towels and close.
  • Add the chicken, strawberries, walnuts and cheese to small containers or bags and leave the vinaigrette in the jar to take along, now you’re ready for a fabulous picnic or potluck. Just open the spinach container and top with all the fixings and you’re set in a matter of seconds.

Notes

Calories: 313
Fat: 23- these are GOOD FATS from the nuts and olive oil
Fiber: 4.5
Protein: 19
Carbs: 9

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal
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Arugula, Figs and Prosciutto Salad with Walnut Dressing

This is one of our favorite salad recipes with fruit! Figs are so delicious in salads, and this is one of the best salad recipes.

If you’re looking for more recipes for healthy salads keep scrolling, below are lots of healthy salad recipes with chicken, and easy salad recipes.

Healthy Salad Recipes for Weight Loss

Arugula, Figs and Prosciutto Salad with Walnut Dressing

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This family recipe by Beverly Jo Noble is the perfect summer salad!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 324 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. raspberry jam
  • 2 tsp. minced shallot
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. walnut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup figs
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 oz. prosciutto torn into long ribbons
  • Cut figs into ¼” pieces.

Instructions
 

  • Toast walnuts at 350⁰ for 10 minutes, then chop coarsely.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, jam, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Slowly whisk in walnut and olive oils. In a large bowl, combine arugula, figs, walnut, and prosciutto.
  • Toss with dressing.

Notes

324 calories/serving: 166% Vitamin A, 37% Vitamin C, 16% Iron, 14% Calcium

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal
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Fruit and Nut Spinach Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

This is one of the best salad recipes in the article! It’s been on the Lose Weight By Eating website for a very long time, and it’s one of our best recipes for weight loss salads.

If you’re looking for more healthy salads, check out my best selling cookbook Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week.

Spinach Salad

Fruit and Nut Spinach Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

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This delicious salad is not only fast and easy, it also boosts your metabolism! Spinach and apples boost your metabolism, plus add a lot of fiber to your meal and fiber means fullness.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 284 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the salad:

  • 2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Arugula
  • 1 Apple finely sliced- I like Fuji
  • 3 tbsp Dried Cranberries
  • 2 tbsp Walnuts
  • 1 tbsp Goat Cheese- Blue Cheese and Feta will also work nicely

For the Mustard Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar- I used Zinfandel Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp good Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, shaker or even old mason jar combine all the vinaigrette ingredients and shake or whisk, then set aside. Do several hours or a day ahead if you can, it will have more flavor.
  • On a platter or two plates rip the spinach into bite sized pieces and place on plate, do the same with the arugula and place on top of the spinach. Now add the apples, cranberries and drizzle on the vinaigrette. Top with the walnuts and cheese and serve.

Notes

Calories: 284
Fat: 16 (this is all from the nuts and olive oil, these are good fats)
Fiber: 5
Protein: 5
Carbs: 32

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal
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Healthy Salad Recipes with Chicken

These healthy salad recipes with chicken are all part of the Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week plan!

Easy salad recipes like these are a staple in my home. They are simple and delicious, and all are great, healthy salads with chicken.

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Mexican Caesar Salad

This spicy, Mexican version of the traditional Caesar salad is one of our favorite healthy salads with chicken!

The recipe calls for pre-cooked chicken, so it makes this one of the best salad recipes for leftovers! Next time you have leftover chicken, shred or cube it, and add it to this, or one of the other chicken salad recipes in this section.

Mexican Caesar Salad

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I’m constantly looking for healthy, fresh and raw meals that are full of Vitamin C, Omega-3 and Vitamin B12 all which help heal nerve damage, reduce inflammation and ease nerve pain. This salad has all three and in its raw state delivers those vitamins with a powerful punch. One more healthy bonus to this meal is it’s a super metabolism booster! Almost all of the ingredients naturally increase your metabolism, making this recipe ideal for weight loss.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 servings
Calories 316 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Salad:

  • 2 hearts of Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 red onion or 1 shallot chopped
  • 1/2 cup black beans canned is fine drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Handful of fresh cilantro optional roughly chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • Juice of one orange hold 1/2 teaspoon back
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • One garlic clove smashed but still intact
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tortilla Strips:

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange juice the one you held back in the dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Start with the dressing, the longer it marinates the better the flavor. Add all the ingredients in a clean jar or medium bowl. Add the top to the jar and shake well, until everything is incorporated. Place in the fridge until you are ready to serve, allow to marinate for one hour, to overnight.
  • Cut the tortilla into thin strips, place in a bowl and toss with olive oil, orange juice and spices. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes until crispy. If you have a toaster oven (I do and love it for little projects like this) toast on medium, spin the tray and toast once more on medium, watch the strips as all toaster ovens vary.
  • In a large bowl combine the lettuce, spinach, corn, onion, beans, bell pepper, cilantro and half of the cheese. Drizzle the salad dressing over the Mexican Caesar Salad and toss together. Divide onto two plates, top with tortilla strips and remaining cheese and serve.

Notes

Each serving (2 total) has:
Calories: 316
Fat: 11
Fiber: 8
Protein: 17
Carbs: 40

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal
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Strawberry Chicken Salad

This recipe could have been added to the Salad Recipes with Fruit section above, but I felt that it fit better in this Healthy Salad Recipes with Chicken section… as it packed full of chicken!

This protein salad recipe can be whipped up ion a flash, and not travels wonderfully!

If you’re looking for healthy salads dressings, scroll down… there are lots below!

Strawberry Chicken Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad

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This delightful Strawberry Chicken Salad with Ginger and Garlic Dressing is wonderful on a summer day or any time. Ginger Garlic dressing and chicken make this a substantial, main dish salad. It’s another great recipe from my friend and author Beverly Jo Noble.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Salad:

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • Baby romaine
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • Garlic-Ginger Dressing recipe follows

Dressing:

  • cup raspberry vinegar
  • ¾ cup walnut oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ inch ginger root
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

Instructions
 

  • Cut chicken breasts in strips. Brown in butter.
  • With chicken still in pan, de-glaze with a few spoonfuls of dressing. Set aside.
  • Wash, stem, and drain strawberries on paper towels.
  • Slice onion thinly; soak in cold water for 10 minutes, then drain and dry on paper toweling.
  • Arrange romaine on individual salad plates.
  • Divide chicken and strawberries among plates.
  • Add a few rings of red onion.
  • Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
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Chopped Greek Salad with Mustard Lemon Vinaigrette

This Greek Salad recipe makes a great meal, or side dish. It’s been a long time reader favorite in recipes for healthy salads.

Chopped salads seam like a step above traditional salads, and that makes this one of our favorite healthy salads chicken.

Chopped Greek Salad with Mustard Lemon Vinaigrette

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This chopped Greek Salad makes a great side dish, starter, or main course!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine greek
Servings 4 servings
Calories 249 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Salad:

  • A chopped salad makes a chic side dish or a filling main dish. Try this Chopped Greek Salad this week for a fast dinner or lunch.
  • 2 hearts of Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 3 inch cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion or 1 shallot
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup precooked turkey or chicken
  • 1 green onion
  • 10 Kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons low fat feta cheese crumbled

For the Dressing:

  • Juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon spicy or Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start with the dressing, the longer it marinates the better the flavor. In a jar or small bowl combine the lemon juice and zest, smash the garlic clove with a knife or fork (you want it intact but slightly crushed) and add to the lemon juice. Top with mustard, vinegar and olive oil. Add the top to the jar and shake well, if using a bowl, whisk together and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for one hour to overnight until you’re ready to serve.
  • Chop each ingredient and add to your largest bowl, just start with the romaine and work your way through the entire list. If you try to place it all on a cutting board and chop together it will make a huge mess. Add all the ingredients to the large bowl except the feta cheese. Give it a light toss, then it’s time for the dressing.
  • Take the dressing out of the refrigerator and taste it, if it needs salt or pepper add it in 1/8 teaspoon at a time until it pleases your taste buds. Remove and discard the garlic clove. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss lightly, add in the feta cheese and toss all the ingredients well until every bite is coated with dressing and all the chopped ingredients are evenly distributed.

Notes

Calories: 249
Fat: 12
Fiber: 5
Protein: 22
Carbs: 10

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal
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Vegetarian Salad Recipes

Vegetarian salad recipes are in plentifully supply on the Lose Weight By Eating website, and in my cookbook Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week.

Below you will find reader favorites from the website, these healthy salad recipes are so amazing, you won’t even miss the meat (for the non vegetarians out there).

I’ve made sure to include protein in all of these vegetarian salad recipes, such as nuts and cheese.

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Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This is one of my favorite vegetarian salad recipes! I call it the beet converter, because even people who don’t like beets, love this vegetarian salad recipe!

It’s the combination of the citrus and avocado that really make the recipe! If you want to add cheese, try crumbled goat cheese. It goes great in recipes for healthy salads, and adds a nice creaminess to this dish.

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Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

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Not a fan of beets? Try this salad! The citrus and the creamy avocado play so well off the root vegetables!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 388 kcal

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 3 large beets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 avocado cut into squares
  • 2 oranges
  • Small bunch of Italian parsley
  • walnuts optional

Dressing

  • Juice of one orange
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon Meyer preferably
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar I used pineapple infused, but apple cider vinegar and white wine would be fine too
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat oven to 450 degrees. Cut the ends off the beets and scrub clean.
  • Line a 9×9 casserole dish with 2 feet of foil, place beets inside. Cover with 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper. Close up the foil and seal the ends leaving room for air. Place in the oven for 1 hour, when you can push a fork through they are done.
  • While the beets bake make the vinaigrette, add all the ingredients to a jar, cover and shake. You can also whisk in a bowl.
  • Use a pairing knife to remove the orange peel, slicing into the orange flesh so that it is exposed. Then carefully slice the orange segments out of the membranes, think about a grapefruit in reverse.
  • After an hour remove the beets from the oven and let cool before opening the packet and moving to chopping board (use plastic, this will stain wood).
  • When the beets are cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to help remove the skins. Then slice the beets very thin into rings.
  • Place the rings onto two plates, top with orange segments, cover with vinaigrette, then avocado squares. Use a pair of scissors to snip the parsley onto the plates, serve hot or cold.

Notes

Calories: 388
Fat: 31- these are all GOOD FATS form the olive oil and avocado
Fiber: 10
Protein: 4
Carbs: 28

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcal
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Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad

This vegetarian salad recipe happens to include one of my favorite healthy salads dressings!

I’m a huge fan of honey mustard dressing, but it’s so full of calories and sugar! See below for more recipes for healthy salad dressings below… it’s the key to making healthy salad recipes.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad

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If you have olive oil, lemons, balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic and Greek yogurt you can make an infinite amount of unique delicious dressings from Caesar and Vinaigrette to Ranch and Honey Mustard plus when you make it at home you know what is in it and can control the fat and calories better. This honey mustard recipe is only 71 calories, plus it’s easy and delicious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 329 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Arugula
  • 1/3 cup Cucumber halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Corn defrosted
  • 1/4 cup Garbanzo Beans drained
  • 1/8 cup Golden Raisins
  • 2 Asparagus Spears
  • 1 tbsp Chevre Goat Cheese or any crumbly cheese you like
  • Basil as much as you like

For the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Spicy brown Mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Pick out a pretty plate or a large Tupperware container, start with the spinach, rip it into bite sized pieces and place on your plate/Tupperware. Then rip up the arugula and place on top of the spinach. Using a vegetable peeler shave the asparagus into ribbons and add to the salad, then top with the garbanzo beans, cucumber, raisins and corn. Rip the basil into small bites and scatter onto the salad.
  • In a small Tupperware container combine the honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Close the container and shake it up.
  • Drizzle the dressing onto the salad, then top with the cheese and your ready to serve.

Notes

Calories: 329
Fat: 6
Fiber: 11
Protein: 15
Carbs: 77

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcal
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Spinach Salad with Oven Fried Garbanzo Beans

I love adding crunch in recipes for healthy salads! And the crunch in this vegetarian salad recipe comes from an unexpected place…. the garbanzo beans!

This is one of the best salad recipes to make for guests, because it’s so impressive! It can be made as starters, side dishes, or as a full meal.

Spinach Salad with Oven Fried Garbanzo Beans

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The dressing is a 4 serving recipe, I often make too much and save to for the next couple of days… it only gets better! So if you decide to make 4 salads double the salad ingredients but not the salad dressing. You can also make this for a side dish, it would go great with Chicken or Pork.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 252 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the salad:

  • 3 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 cup Arugula
  • 1/8 cups Baby Peas- I use frozen this way I always have some
  • 1/4 cup Corn- Also used frozen fresh is great if you have it
  • 3 Asparagus Spears
  • 3 tbsp Golden Raisins
  • 1 Shallot chopped
  • Handful Cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Goat Cheese- Any crumbly cheese would go great here I like Chevere

For the Garbanzo Beans:

  • 1/4 cup Garbanzo Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper

For the Salad Dressing (4 servings):

  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 and lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Start with the dressing, you want all the flavors to come together while you work on the rest. All you need to do it whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside.
  • In another small bowl combine the garbanzo beans, oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss together and move to the lined baking sheet. Place in oven for about 5-10 minutes, quickly shake the tray back and forth to flip the beans from time to time. Once they have started to brown and get crispy on the outside they are done. Remove from oven and leave on the sheet to crisp up a little, the heat of the baking sheet will keep them cooking, so be sure to shake again a couple of times.
  • While the beans are cooking take out a pretty plate or bowl and add the baby spinach, then the arugula. If you used frozen corn and peas place in a small microwave safe bowl, add just enough water to cover 80% and cook for 1-2 minutes then drain well and add to the salad.
  • Using a vegetable peeler shred the asparagus into ribbons, I love how these look! Add to the salad along with the shallots, raisins and cilantro. Then drizzle with 1/2 (or less) of the dressing, top with crumbled cheese and the garbanzo beans. Add some freshly ground pepper and you are ready to serve.

Notes

Calories: 252
Fat: 3.5
Fiber: 5.5
Protein: 8.5
Carbs: 45

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal
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Vegetarian Lunch Wraps

I’m a huge fan of Salad Wrap Recipes, in fact, I wrote an entire chapter on salad wrap recipes in my best selling cookbook Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week!

Below you’ll find healthy salad recipes that are salad wrap recipes. Shredded chicken can be added for the non vegetarian. But do try these vegetarian salad recipes, they are filling and delicious.

Healthy Vegetarian Lunch Wraps

Vegetarian Lunch Wraps

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These filling salad wraps go great as is, or should you be looking for some added animal protein, with some shredded chicken added in.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course salad wrap
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • Kitchen Twine- optional

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Whole Wheat Tortillas 8″
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper sliced into sticks
  • 1 Avocado sliced
  • handful of Arugula
  • handful of Baby Spinach
  • 2 tbsp Cream Cheese at room temp
  • 2 tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Freshly Ground Pepper as desired

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl combine the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, soy sauce and mustard together and whisk until combined.
  • Smear half on each tortilla leaving 1.5 inch ring around the outer rim.
  • Top with arugula and then spinach, I put a handful because you can use as much as you want.
  • Then top with bell pepper slices and avocado. Add freshly ground pepper and dig in.
  • Optional, if you want to slice in half and serve at brunch or a cocktail party tie with kitchen twine and slice in half for a chic snack.

Notes

Calories: 250
Fat: 16
Fiber: 7
Protein: 7
Carbs: 24

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal
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Quinoa Salad Recipes

We love quinoa salad recipes at Lose Weight By Eating!

Quinoa is so great for your body, it’s a superfood, and adds a great boost to weight loss salads!

You can find more quinoa salad recipes in my cookbook Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week, and more information about the Benefits of Quinoa here.

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Savory Spinach Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Dijon Dressing

Quinoa salad recipes are a great way to work the wonderful superfood into your diet!

If you’re looking for more quinoa salad recipes, check out my cookbook, here.

Savory Spinach Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Dijon Dressing

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Did you know that quinoa is a complete protein? It contains more protein than any other grain and the ancient Incas called it the “Mother Grain”. If you still feel you need more protein add some nuts or cheese to the salad.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 450 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 Fuji Apple cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/2 Cucumber halved and sliced
  • 1 Avocado chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 1 Roma Tomato chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 1 Scallion sliced finely
  • 1 tbsp Capers drained
  • 2 tbsp Golden Raisins
  • For the Vinaigrette-
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl or an empty mason jar combine the vinaigrette ingredients and give it a good shake or whisk. Set aside, you can make this a day ahead of time.
  • In a medium sauce pan combine the quinoa and vegetable broth, cover and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat to a simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • For the salad, rip the spinach as you place it onto two plates leave a little room in the middle for your quinoa. Once the quinoa is ready spoon 1/2 onto each plate, then you can top with the apple, cucumber, avocado, tomatoes, scallions, capers and raisins. Drizzle some of the dressing onto the salad and serve.

Notes

Calories: 450
Fat: 15
Fiber: 13
Protein: 11
Carbs: 71

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal
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Easy Salad Recipes

Weight loss is hard enough, so here are some easy salad recipes for weight loss!

Easy salad recipes can be used as meals, or as a side dish. Heck, I even love them as snacks!

For more easy salad recipes, check out my best selling cookbook Detox Week.

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Caprese Stack

This elegant caprese salad is one of our favorite easy salad recipes! It leans on natural ingredients, so be sure you get the best fresh ingredients you can find.

More easy salad recipes can be found below, as can healthy salads dressings.

Caprese Stack

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Basil has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a natural antibiotic, the cheese has calcium for strong bones and the tomatoes have shown to prevent certain types of cancer and prevent wrinkles!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 serving
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 slices Tomato-use what you have I had Beefsteak
  • 1 thin slice of Buffalo Mozzarella
  • Handful Basil- as much or little as you like basil is zero calories
  • 1/4 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place 1 tomato slice on a plate, top with mozzarella then basil and finally the other tomato slice.
  • Drizzle over oil and vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Calories: 80
Fat: 5
Fiber: .5
Protein: 7
Carbs: 2

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal
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Veggie and Bean Salad

If looking for easy salad recipes that can be tossed together in under 5 minutes… look no further!

This side dish salad goes great with roasted chicken, or BBQ Steak!

Veggie and Bean Salad

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No cooking involved for this, it holds well and is very easy. Have a potluck soon? Make this, it is easy and travels very well!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 148 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Garbanzo Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Frozen Baby Peas thawed
  • 1 Shallot finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp dried Oregano- or basil or parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large Tupperware container combine all ingredients, cover and give a good shake (shake over your sink just in case) place in the fridge for an hour or overnight until you are ready to serve.
  • You can serve cold or room temperature whatever you prefer. Just put it in a pretty bowl before serving.

Notes

Calories: 148
Fat: 2.5
Fiber: 7
Protein: 7
Carbs: 25

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal
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Caesar Salad with Avocado and Rustic Chips

Caesar salad recipes are so popular, and in this easy salad recipes section I wanted to share one of the easiest, vegetarian salad recipes.

The avocado adds such a nice creaminess, and the homemade chips add a ton of crunch.

Caesar Salad with Avocado and Rustic Chips

Caesar Salad with Avocado and Rustic Chips

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I cut the calories by adding the Parmesan cheese to the chips, this way you get tons of Parmesan flavor without all the calories. Only 7 calories of cheese here thank you very much!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 185 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil your good stuff
  • 4 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Garlic Clove shredded – use your cheese grater
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Rustic Chips:
  • 1 Whole Wheat Tortilla
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Parmesan Cheese finely grated
  • Salad:
  • 3 Hearts of Romaine
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Corn thawed
  • 1 Avocado

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, shaker or an old jar combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk (or shake) well, place in fridge until you are ready to make the salad.
  • Heat the oven to 350, place the tortilla on a cookie tray and drizzle the oil on, then the spices and using a kitchen brush rub all over the tortilla, both sides. Fold in half to make a crease and then rip along that crease. Tear the tortilla into uneven rustic looking pieces and place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle over the grated Parmesan cheese and  bake for 15-20 minutes spinning the cookie sheet 1/2 way through so they all cook evenly. Remove from oven when they are light brown and crisp and move to a plate to cool.
  • Chop the Romaine Hearts and drop into a bowl, top with the corn then the salad dressing and mix well, don’t worry if it seems to thick, it will cover everything. Once all covered move to a large platter or individual plates. With a teaspoon or melon baller scoop out the avocado into small bite sized balls and drop onto the top of your salad as you work. Then top with the chips, add some fresh cracked pepper to the top of the salad and serve.

Notes

Calories: 185
Fat: 14 – All from the olive oil and the avocado, these are good fats.
Fiber: 4
Protein: 5
Carbs: 13

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal
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Green Goddess Salad Wraps with Basil Pesto

This salad wrap recipe is such an easy salad recipe to whip up! It’s one of my favorite lunch salad recipes.

If you’re looking for more traditional recipes for healthy salads, scroll up… there are 15 in this article on healthy salad recipes for weight loss.

Green Goddess Salad Wraps with Basil Pesto

Green Goddess Salad Wraps with Basil Pesto

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These salad wraps are anythimg but borning!!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course salad wrap
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • 3 tbsp. Basil Pesto
  • 2 cups Arugula
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Spread the pesto evenly on one side of each tortilla, top each tortilla with arugula, then the bell peppers sprinkle on the Parmesan.
  • Using the twine, or tooth picks, secure each end of your wrap with a pretty bow then slice down the middle.

Notes

Calories: 112
Fat: 5
Fiber: 2
Protein: 4
Carbs: 14

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal
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Recipes for Healthy Salad Dressings

Recipes for healthy salad dressings are the key to making healthy salads!

In the below article, you will find 10 healthy salads dressings that will go with all of the above healthy salad recipes for weight loss, and your favorite salad recipes.

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These healthy salads dressings can work with all your favorite salads, and with all the salads in my best selling cookbook Detox Week.

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