Quick Salad Recipes, Dieting Tips

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

3 Low Calorie Quick Salad Recipes

These salads are low in calories, ultra low in fat grams, are very quick to prepare - and very tasty. So tasty that they may have the dieter thinking, "Am I really on a diet plan?"

Quick Chicken Salad Recipe for Weight Loss

Nothing tricky about making this tasty salad for your diet plan. Preparation is quick, the low calorie chicken salad is very inexpensive to prepare, the chicken salad transports easily for out-of-the-house dining, and it's very tasty.

The following low calorie recipe serves one generously OR makes a plentiful mix to fill 2 sandwiches. When preparing for one, enjoy no more than two slices of bread with the chicken salad.

For this low calorie Quick Chicken Salad Recipe you will need: 1 cup of cubed cooked chicken (dark or white meat), 1 Tablespoon of dried cranberries, dash of celery seed and 1 Tablespoon of Miracle Whip Light - or your favorite light salad dressing or spread. Combine.

Serve with any variety of crackers, your favorite bread, or tucked into a kangaroo pocket.

As a recipe note, if you don't have (or like) dried cranberries, add golden or dark raisins. Or, omit the dried fruit and opt for hulled sunflower seeds or your favorite nuts. The dried fruit adds another notch of health to the chicken salad, as well as flavor for minimal calories.

If you don't have celery seed in your pantry, a bit of chopped celery will work great. And again - just use a dash of celery seed as it's very potent and too much can ruin your salad.

Other tasty foods that you can add to the low fat chicken salad which will take it to yet another level of gourmet include: dill, raw baby spinach, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, sliced green or black olives, pickles or pickle relish (sweet or sour), dash of salt, pepper, and coarsely chopped cucumber.

Quick Egg Salad Recipe

Our Quick Egg Salad recipe is very quick and easy to prepare, it's low in calories, it adds healthy value to your diet plan in the form of protein, and it's easy transportable. And oh! It's tasty, too!

For this low calorie Quick Egg Salad Recipe you will need: 2 boiled eggs with the jackets removed and the eggs smashed in a deep bowl; 1 Tablespoon of Miracle Whip Light - or your favorite light salad dressing or spread, dash of dill, 1 teaspoon of sweet pickle relish and a dash of paprika. Mix well.

For a Mexican-Style twist, use this Quick Egg Salad Recipe: 2 smashed boiled eggs, 1 Tablespoon of your favorite salsa, dash of chili powder, dash of cumin and a bit of cilantro (dried or freshly chopped). And of course, all the spices can be adjusted to suit personal taste.

This tasty low calorie egg salad works extremely well tucked inside of a lettuce leaf. Simply spoon the egg filling onto the edge of a clean, dry lettuce leaf and roll. Or, serve the egg salad with ;any variety of crackers, on top of a toasted English muffin, with your favorite bread, or tucked into a kangaroo pocket.

Other tasty foods that you can add to the low fat egg salad which will take it to yet another level of gourmet include: celery salt, pimentos, chopped onion, and sliced green or black olives, salt, pepper, pickles or pickle relish.

Quick Tuna Salad Recipe

This recipe is almost identical to our Chicken Salad Recipe - only tuna packed in spring water is used rather than chicken.

For this low calorie Quick Tuna Salad Recipe you will need: 1 small can of tuna packed in spring water (drained), 1 Tablespoon of dried cranberries, dash of celery seed and 2 Tablespoons of Miracle Whip Light - or your favorite light salad dressing or spread.

Serve with any variety of crackers, your favorite bread, or tucked into a kangaroo pocket. Or, create tasty lettuce wraps for even lower calories and fat grams.

And as with the chicken salad, you can add a variety of optional ingredients such as pickle relish, pepper, chopped onions and even pineapple tidbits to create a delicious, low calorie tuna salad sensation.

Our Tropical Tuna Salad Recipe is a mix of the following ingredients: drained tuna that has been packed in water, 2 Tablespoons of pineapple tidbits (also drained), 3 chopped Maraschino cherries, 1 Tablespoon of chopped walnuts, pecans or hulled sunflower seeds (no need to chop the sunflower seeds) and 2 Tablespoons of Miracle Whip Light. Mix and enjoy!

Savvy Salad Tips for Dieters

Can salads make you fat? Yes indeedy! Take this tasty salad offered at McDonalds as an example:

McDonald's Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken - 320 calories, 9 fat grams

Add the following: 1 package of Croutons (60 calories, 1.5 fat grams), 1 package of ranch dressing (170 calories, 15 fat grams) and our low calorie salad now contains MORE calories and is almost equal in fat when compared to the Big Mac:

McDonald's Big Mac: 540 calories, 29 fat grams

McDonald's Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken, croutons & ranch dressing - 550 calories, 25.5 fat grams

Does this mean that a McDonald's salad should be taken off a dieter's menu? Absolutely not! In fact, the McDonald's salads are among our favorite choices.

The basic Southwest Salad with tasty Grilled Chicken is ultra filling and low in fat. We recommend skipping the croutons and opting for the 40-calorie balsamic dressing which is totally divine.

In fact, all of the salads at McDonalds can be enjoyed without one ounce of guilt - as long as the dieter opts for grilled meat and the lower calorie salad dressings - and of course, skips the buttery garlic croutons.

 

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