Salads may seem to be the perfect choice if you want to lose a lot of weight in a really short period of time. But are all salads healthy? If you use fatty salad dressings and sauces, they can contribute more calories than you can imagine.
So, to lose weight, you need to know how to make healthy salads at home. You must choose low-fat dressings and make sure to include ingredients that facilitate weight loss. At the same time, these ingredients must be wholesome and filling so that you don’t feel hungry soon and start snacking on chips or cookies.
Here are some healthy salad recipes that you can try making at home:
Blackberry with cashew ricotta: This is a perfect summer salad rich in berries which are excellent sources of antioxidants. It is tasty and nutritious at the same time because you can add quinoa, a complex carb aiding quick weight loss. Tangy balsamic vinegar is used as dressing for the salad and it is garnished with pumpkin seeds.
Cabbage Salad with Gyoza Chickpeas: This easy-to-make salad can be whipped up in half an hour. It’s tasty, crispy, and different from regular salads. It’s low in calories and uses sweetheart cabbage and spinach which are green, leafy veggies rich in nutrients. The chickpeas offer proteins for the body and the topping can be of Parmesan cheese. That makes this a quick-to-cook, healthy, and mouthwatering salad.
Falafel Salad and Tahini dressing: This salad reeks of Mediterranean flavors. The falafel is vegan and gluten-free; it’s light as the falafel can be cooked in the pan. You can prepare the ingredients beforehand in order to whip up an exciting salad dinner.
Northwest Salmon Salad: Salmon is rich in heart-healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids. When mixed with hazelnuts and blueberries it can create the most amazing salad. The sour cream dressing works beautifully for this salad.
Tarragon Chicken & Romaine Salad: You can cook potatoes until tender and cool these well. Whisk the mustard, onion, vinegar, seasonings, and lemon juice in oil until it is well-blended. Now, you simply have to combine chicken, potatoes, celery and dressing, and place the salad on romaine leaves, topped with crispy bacon.
Garlic Shrimp & Orzo Salad: Cold salads can be delicious. Orzo is pasta in rice shape that can be mixed here with veggies like green beans and asparagus. This is a perfect salad you can munch on with pita breads or rolls.
Thai Chicken Pasta salad: You must cook the spaghetti first, adding carrots towards the end. Whisk water, peanut butter, lime juice, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, and red pepper until these are blended well. Now you can mix the spaghetti, chicken, cabbage, and dressing. Sprinkle peanuts and cilantro on it and refrigerate until serving.
Sweet Potato with chickpeas: To make this you need to mix sweet potatoes, salt, pepper, and oil and roast this in the oven for about 25 minutes until they are tender. In a second bowl, you can mix the potatoes with chickpeas while whisking the dressing ingredients in another bowl. The latter is then added to the sweet potatoes and served over greens, topped with cheese.
Each of these salad recipes is filled with nutritional value and can be made at home easily. If you can add these to your regular meal-plan, you are bound to see the pounds dropping.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.