Best ever healthy salad recipes under 500 calories

Our 18 salad recipes are simple solutions to a hearty but healthy meal. Easy to make and all under 500 calories, we have plenty to choose from: classic salads such as smoky bacon caesar salad and waldorf salad, to inspiring Asian salads

Roasted red pepper and chicory with caper berries and salami

This sweet roasted red pepper dish with salty salami, crunchy chicory and caper berries is gluten free and it’s low in calories, a great healthy midweek meal.

Red Pepper, Chicory, Caper berries and Salami

Turmeric roasted cauliflower salad

Our roasted cauliflower salad with turmeric is low in calories and packed with punchy flavour. Turmeric adds lovely colour and flavour to this easy vegan-friendly recipe.

Turmeric roasted cauliflower Salad. With peas, edamame beans and rice
Turmeric roasted cauliflower Salad

Supergrain salmon salad with chilli and mint dressing

Get into the new superfood revolution with this healthy combination of grilled salmon, farro or freekeh, harissa and herbs all mixed together in a spicy main course salad.

Pear, pecan and dolcelatte salad

A simple idea for a dinner party starter or quick recipe. Seasonal pears work brilliantly with pecan nuts and creamy dolcelatte blue cheese for this vegetarian no-cook dish, ready in 15 minutes

Grilled aubergine sabich salad

Sabich is an Israeli sandwich of pitta stuffed with fried aubergine and hard-boiled eggs. Our grilled aubergine sabich salad is a twist on this with bulgar wheat and greek yogurt. Serve with warm pita or flatbread.

Japanese-style beef salad

Steak doesn’t have to be high-calorie. This Japanese-style beef salad is full of fresh, zesty Asian-inspired flavours, is ready in 20 minutes and comes in at under 250 calories. It tastes so good, you’ll forget you’re being virtuous.

Thai chicken noodle salad

Eating healthily doesn’t mean you have to deny yourself. This chicken noodle salad is full of delicious, vibrant Thai flavours, is quick and easy to make and healthy too.

Kale waldorf salad with buttermilk dressing

This kale waldorf salad with buttermilk dressing is a clever update on a classic and with a good amount of crunch and tangy dressing, it makes for a really useful side dish.

Watercress, mango and duck salad

This simple Asian-inspired duck salad with mango and watercress looks smart and makes a perfect weeknight meal. Mango works really well in this, providing a fresh, juicy burst of flavour.

Freekeh and artichoke salad with golden onions, sultanas and herb labneh

Freekeh is a roasted green wheat grain that has three times the fibre of brown rice and scores low on the GI scale. Here it is added to a healthy vegetarian salad with artichokes and homemade labneh.

Kale chicken caesar salad

Try this kale chicken caesar salad for a modern twist on the classic caesar salad. This recipe is really easy, ready in just 30 minutes and under 500 calories – perfect for a midweek meal

Whipped goat’s cheese with beetroot and herb salad

A celebration of British ingredients, this whipped goat’s cheese is accompanied by an English garden salad of coloured beetroot and British herbs.

Sesame falafel salad with tahini sauce

A few clever cheats make this satisfying sesame falafel salad with tahini sauce quick and easy

Hot-smoked salmon salad with teriyaki dressing

A quick and easy recipe for hot-smoked salmon salad with teriyaki dressing. Ready in 20 minutes and under 500 calories

Watermelon and feta salad with pomegranate dressing

The combination of fresh-tasting ingredients and big flavours make this watermelon and feta salad with pomegranate dressing a winner. We love the salty feta with fresh, juicy watermelon. Plus, its super-quick, easy, and under 500 calories.

Carrot salad with chickpeas and lemon

Zesty and full of contrasting textures and fresh ingredients, our easy recipe for carrot salad with chickpeas and lemon is ready in just 15 minutes.

Asian black rice salad

Black rice has a higher nutritional value than white rice and the same amount of fibre as brown. Try it in our Asian prawn black rice salad

Brussels Waldorf

Kale is so 2015. This year it’s all about brussels, especially raw, shredded and deep-fried. Try them in this twist on a classic waldorf

Sticky duck with cucumber and spring onion salad

This recipe for sticky duck with cucumber and spring onion salad takes a little extra time but is easy to make and under 500 calories, so it’s great for midweek

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