Healthy Salads

Salads are truly the perfect meal -- they're low in calories, high in nutrients, and easy to make. If you want to incorporate more salads into your diet, here are 5 super easy 5-ingredient salad recipes to try:


Zucchini Pea Pasta Salad

1. Zucchini pea pasta salad

This hearty salad combines whole wheat pasta with fresh zucchini, basil and peas.


  • 16 ounces whole wheat pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 medium zucchinis
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves


  • Cook the whole wheat pasta according to the instructions on the package
  • Add frozen peas for the last 5 minutes
  • Drain and cool for 10 minutes
  • Place the pasta and peas in a bowl
  • Shave zucchini into ribbons
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds
  • Throw in the zucchini, and cook for 1 minute
  • Add the zucchini mixture to the pasta mixture in the bowl
  • In a cup, combine the lemon rind, lemon juice, remaining olive oil, and salt and pepper
  • Drizzle over pasta salad and sprinkle with basil
Cucumber Greek Salad

2. Cucumber Greek salad

This low-carb Mediterranean salad consists of a cornucopia of healthy veggies.


  • 1 large cucumber, sliced and halved
  • 3 cups of pearl tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegarette
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • Slice up the cucumber and place it in a large bowl
  • halve the pearl tomatoes and add to the bowl
  • Dice up the red onion and place in the bowl
  • In a cup, mix together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Drizzle over the vegetables
  • Add the crumbled feta cheese
  • Mix all ingredients together
Watermelon Salad

3. Watermelon vegetable salad

This refreshing summery salad combines watermelon with cucumber and mint.


  • 8 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, minced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


  • Cube the watermelon and place in a bowl
  • Slice up the cucumbers and green onion, placing in the bowl
  • In a cup, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  • Drizzle on the salad
  • Toss with fresh mint, salt, and pepper
Brussels Sprout Salad

4. Brussels sprout walnut salad

This ultra healthy salad combines shaved Brussels sprouts with Romano cheese and heart healthy walnuts.


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


  • Use an adjustable blade slicer to thinly slice Brussels sprouts in a bowl
  • On a cutting board, coarsely chop up the walnuts
  • Add the walnuts to the bowl
  • Grate the Romano cheese over the salad
  • Halve the lemon and squeeze its juice on the salad
  • Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Toss until combined
Salmon and Grapefruit salad

5. Grilled salmon grapefruit salad

This vitamin-c packed salad is rich in protein and essential fatty acids.


  • 2 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 8 cups mixed baby salad greens
  • 1 24-ounce jar grapefruit sections, drained
  • Favorite dressing of choice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Cooking spray


  • Start the grill
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the salmon fillets
  • Coat fillet and chopped onion with cooking spray
  • Place the salmon and onion on the grill
  • Cover and grill 5 minutes on each side or until salmon flakes
  • Onion should be tender
  • Break the salmon into chunks
  • Place baby greens in a bowl
  • Add the salmon chunks and diced onion
  • Combine the salad with grapefruit sections
  • Drizzle with your favorite salad dressing
Eating healthier is easy peasy
Salads are the perfect meal -- not only are they versatile, but they're a great way to get all the nutrients your body needs fast. Check out the above 5-ingredient salad recipes for a quick, easy, and satisfying meal.
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