Because these salads are meant to be served as side dishes they are relatively low in calories and protein. If you’d like to have one of these salads as a meal, make sure to add some extra chicken, beans, nuts, or cheese to umph it up!
There is nothing wrong with using salad dressing! It’s generally better to use a dressing that has an olive oil base but if you’re craving a creamier dressing that’s fine too. Try to limit yourself to 1 – 2 tablespoons of dressing especially if your salad already has cheese on it. And avoid “low fat” dressings as these often have added sugars and gums.
If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate more veggies into your diet why not add in a side salad? These simple-to-prepare salads use 5 or fewer ingredients so they can be tossed together quickly before dinner.
Prep Time: 5 - 10 minutes
Yields: 1 serving per recipe
This salad pairs nicely with Italian meals. Try it as a side to your pasta or pizza.
2 cups arugula
1 TBSP freshly grated parmesan
Dash ground pepper
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- Top arugula with parmesan and black pepper. Add olive oil and balsamic to taste.
Toasted Almond and Goat Cheese
This salad is great to balance out a heavy protein dish. Serve with pork chops, steak, or chicken.
2 cups baby spinach
2 TBSP sliced almonds
1 oz goat cheese
- To toast almonds: Pre-heat a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add almonds to dry skillet and allow to toast for 1 minute. Toss or stir almonds and toast an additional minute. Almonds should be fragrant and browned but not blackened.
- Mix spinach, toasted almonds, and goat cheese. This salad is especially tasty with a honey mustard yogurt dressing.
A classic side salad that works with pretty much any meal. Try it with soup or a sandwich.
2 cups mixed salad greens
2 TBSP sliced red onion
¼ cup sliced cucumber
5 – 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- Mix all ingredients. Top with a balsamic vinaigrette or yogurt ranch dressing.