It’s no secret that salads are good for you, but if you’re keeping an eye on calories, we’ve got a few ideas for you to try. Whether you’re looking for a quick and light lunch you can take to work or something a little more adventurous to make as part of a larger meal, try out these recipes that are lower in calories but definitely don’t compromise on taste.
Anyone who has ever stuck to a low-calorie diet will be familiar with the wonders of tuna. Healthy, cost effective and packed full of protein, it’s a salad favourite that works well with loads of different ingredients. In this rockin’ recipe we use chunky tuna steak, iron-rich broccoli, shredded red cabbage and finely sliced fennel for a crunchy, crispy creation.
Ditch the takeaway and instead enjoy a bounty of east-Asian flavours without the guilt. Not only are prawns delicious but they’re also super low in calories and very filling, making them a leading star for any healthy salad. Our recipe fuses the fragrant kick of garlic, chilli and mango with the zesty harmony of coriander and lime juice to produce a salad that’s bursting with dynamic sweet and sour flavours.
Perfect for a light, low calorie lunch when you’re on the move, our chicken & sundried tomato wrap packs a punch full of juicy flavour without breaking the calorie bank. Save time and money by roasting a parsley and sundried tomato marinated chicken the night before work then enjoy throughout the week! All the morning requires is popping a tortilla under a hot grill for 1 minute then tossing the chicken with your favourite salad – a meal in minutes.
Where lean cuts of meats are a go-to salad topper for many trying to keep the calories down, vegetarians will vouch for the power of the legume! Our cannellini bean salad is low in GI meaning that it helps to release energy slower and more steadily, keeping you fuller for longer. This recipe balances the sweet, sharp acidity of lemon, red wine vinegar and onion with the calming and refreshing flavours of basil, cucumber and crunchy red pepper.
There are few fish in the sea which are better for us than salmon; packed full of protein and essential omega-3 fats, salmon has a bunch of bodily benefits to go alongside its delectable taste! To complement our fried salmon fillet we use a delicious, fish-friendly marinade made from lemon, dill and parsley, as well as a punchy pea and mint dressing to coat the crispy salad leaves and make the dish sing.
So there you go! Low calorie concoctions to keep you happy and healthy! For more ideas, check out these other low calorie meal ideas.