Are you looking for delicious, satisfying, and healthy salad recipes 400 calories? Here it is!
It’s not your normal garden salad with ranch dressing. While that is fine, I am not sure if satisfying and filling are proper adjectives for a garden salad.
Healthy Salad Recipes
I eat healthy salad recipes at lunch, everyday. It’s so easy, but I am able to get a healthy, low-calorie and filling lunch in about 5 minutes, plus, it’s a great way to use up leftovers!
Here’s what I do: I take warmed-up dinner leftovers and put it on a salad. It’s that easy! Just add protein (grilled chicken breast, steak, pork or shrimp), leftover veggies (corn, peas, sauteed peppers, brussel sprouts, etc), rice, or cubed bread to a basic salad! Literally, whatever leftovers I have in my fridge that look tasty, become part of my salad.
The great thing about using leftovers is that you get a great variety in your salads, so you don’t get burned out on the same thing, day after day.
For the dressing, I usually make clean eating salad dressings. However, if I’m rushed in time, or craving ranch, I will mix half a tablespoon of homemade salsa with half a tablespoon of ranch dressing for a lower calorie dressing! It also adds a nice spicy kick to the dish 🙂
My go-to salad veggies include: romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, green onions, bell peppers, carrots and olives. Sometimes I throw in some mushrooms or cucumbers, or other random veggies that show up in my fridge.
Here’s the caloric lowdown on my typical salad:
- 1 cup Romaine Lettuce: 7 calories
- 1 cup Spinach: 10 calories
- 5 cherry tomatoes: 7 calories
- 1 diced green onion: 5 calories
- 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper: 10 calories
- 3 medium black olives: 15 calories
- 2-3 oz protein: 150-250 calories
- Ranch/Salsa Dressing: 74 calories
- 11 croutons 33 calories
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds 35 calories
- salt and pepper 0 calories
Total calories = 272 – 372 calories!
To save time during the week, I make enough salad on Sunday to last the whole week, then I can make healthy salad recipes quickly during lunch time.
**A nice storage tip for your salad: Put a folded paper towel on top of the lettuce before you cover it. That will absorb the extra moisture in the salad and keep it fresh for longer!** You can also store your salad in this amazing salad keeper to keep it fresh all week long!
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