Salads For Weight Loss – Top 13 Healthy Easy Salad Ideas

Couscous & Vegetable Salad

Make 3 servings

Ingredients you will need to prepare for making this weight loss salad recipe:

  • 3/4 c of water
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/2 c of whole wheat couscous
  • 1/2 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained (1 1/2 Tbsp of liquid reserved)
  • 1/4 c of frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 medium carrot, coarsely shredded
  • 1/2 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 small yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp of currants
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp of finely chopped fresh chives
  • 3/4 Tbsp of pistachios or pine nuts
  • 3/4 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp of dried thyme
  • Angostura bitters (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp of dried oregano

Step by step instructions to make this salad recipe:

  • You bring the salt, water, & 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil to a boil into a medium saucepan on high heat.
  • You stir in the couscous.
  • You remove it from the heat & you cover.
  • You let it stand for about 5 minutes, or until you see the liquid is absorbed.
  • You fluff with a fork.
  • You transfer this couscous to a bowl.
  • You add the peas, carrot, chickpeas (you set aside the liquid), tomato, pepper, chives, currants, and nuts.
  • You toss gently until mixed.
  • You whisk together the thyme, oregano, lemon juice, reserved chickpea liquid, bitters (if desired), & the remaining tablespoon of the olive oil into a small bowl.
  • You mix & pour over the salad.
  • You toss to mix well.
  • You cover and you refrigerate for about a half hour to blend flavors.
  • This salad is packed with 260 calories per serving
  • To make it a meal: you add 1 tbsp of light mayo with 3 oz tuna for a total 400 cal.

You will learn other recipes of salads for weight loss in the next part of this writing!

Smoked Turkey, Edamame, & Black Bean Salad

Make 2 servings

Smoked turkey meat is often used in making healthy salads for weight loss. Here are ingredients you will need to prepare for making this salad recipe:

  • 1 c of cubed smoked turkey meat
  • 1/2 can of rinsed and drained black beans
  • 1/2 can of corn kernels, no salt added
  • 1/2 c of shelled edamame, and you cook according to the package directions and you let it cool
  • 1/2 chopped med red bell pepper
  • 1/4 c of finely chopped red onion
  • 1/8 c of finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 Tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of McCormick Original Perfect Pinch, Salt Free
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp of cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups of field greens

Step by step instructions to make this salad recipe:

  • You combine the turkey, edamame, bell pepper, beans, corn, onion, garlic, perfect pinch and cilantro (if desired).
  • You whisk together the vinegar, oil & mustard
  • Then you pour over the vegetables and turkey.
  • You toss to combine.
  • You season with salt & pepper.
  • You place the lettuce onto each of 2 plates.
  • You top with the vegetable and turkey mixture.
  • This salad is packed with 390 calories per serving