Okay, a quick disclaimer: not all salads are going to help you lose weight! If they're loaded with croutons and swimming in dressing, you might as well be eating a burger. But some salads can be healthy, with the right calories, from fiber and protein instead of sugar and fat. Here are a few healthful, tasty salads to try.
1 Asparagus, Tomato & Feta Salad
This is one of my all-time favorite salads.
2 Watermelon, Mint & Goat Cheese Salad
This sounds like an odd set of flavor combinations, but I'm willing to give it a go!
3 BLT Pasta Salad
Okay, calorie alert! A small serving won't wreck your diet, though.
4 Red Berry & Avocado Spinach Salad
Even if you don't like the salad, save this recipe for the poppy seed dressing alone.
5 Stone Fruit Salad
If you love stone fruits, you've got to try this. It's divine!
6 Summer Blast Salad
This colorful salad looks, sounds, and tastes like a summer blast!
7 Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad
Don't let the calorie count scare you: most of the calories are from protein and fiber, though yes, the berries do also contain sugar.
8 Thai Cucumber Salad
This is such a delightful salad, cool and crisp with a little spice.
9 Grilled Watermelon, Feta & Basil Salad
If you've never tried grilled watermelon, now is the time.
10 Mexican Street Corn Salad
If I could only choose one word to describe this salad, it would be "fresh." And "yummy." Wait. That's two words.
11 Med Salad
This is another summer-time fave, with all the best Mediterranean flavors in one big bowl.
12 Caprese Orzo Salad
I forgot how much I loved orzo (little pasta that looks like rice, basically) until I tried this salad.
13 California Spaghetti Salad
Look, the carbs in the noodles may be daunting, but carbs aren't the worst thing in the world. Use whole grain pasta and you'll be getting some fiber, too.
14 Melon Salad
Fresh, sweet, juicy melon is really what summer is all about.
15 Cowboy Caviar
I love making this up for summer BBQs and really, just to keep in the fridge for a quick, protein-packed lunch.
16 Crab Pasta Salad
The dressing adds calories, but again, a small serving is just fine.
17 Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad
Dried cranberries add a lot to the texture and flavor of the salad, but if you're not a fan, dried cherries will work, too.
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