Courgetti Salad Recipe

Best ever healthy salad recipes under 500 calories

Our 48 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

Looking for healthy salad recipes? Check out our best healthy salad dishes including easy chicken salad recipes, vibrant potato salad recipes and healthy rice salads. Make one of these simple salad recipes for a low calorie dinner idea.


Plus we’ve got plenty of quick and healthy recipes here, and even salad recipes ready in just 15 minutes, too…

Warm chorizo, avocado and feta salad

Assemble this colourful trio of ingredients and serve with a punchy dressing to make a vibrant midweek meal for two.

Warm Chorizo Salad Recipe with Avocado and Feta

Tuna with marinated tomato and olive salad

Tomatoes and Kalamata olives add real colour and flavour to this vibrant Mediterranean-style tuna salad.

Quick Tuna and Tomato Salad Recipe with Olives

Spelt and apple salad with crispy nuts and seeds

Pack plenty of crunch into this balanced vegetarian salad and sprinkle with a homemade nut and seed mix.

Apple Salad Recipe with Celery, Nuts and Seeds

Gochujang cabbage, coriander and apple salad

Korean chilli paste, ginger and lime make a punchy dressing for this refreshing low calorie vegetable salad, brightened up with plenty of fresh mint and coriander.

Korean Salad Recipe With Apples, Cabbage and Turnips

Quick Japanese-style rice salad

Use a pack of ready-cooked or left-over rice to put a super-fast (and low calorie) king prawn salad together. Make it green with edamame beans, cucumber and avocado.

Quick Japanese Rice Salad

Lamb with soft herb salad and mint sauce dressing

Make the most of left-over lamb by serving with a fresh mint dressing in a zingy low-calorie summer salad.

A white platter with green leaves and slices of pink lamb

Baja shrimp and blackened corn salad

The cool coastal food of southern California relies on sensational seafood married with Mexican flavours. Use smoky ancho chillies to flavour the shrimps and serve with grilled corn and green chilli dressing for a low-calorie salad.

Mexican Shrimp Salad Recipe With Blackened Corn

Roasted cauli and couscous salad with zhoug and crispy shallots

Check out our vibrant cauliflower salad recipe with giant couscous, crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing. This easy salad is vegan and low in calories, too.

Cauliflower Couscous Salad Recipe with Zhoug

Spiced lentil and chickpea salad with halloumi

Check out our warm salad recipe with spicy lentils, golden halloumi and chickpeas. This simple veggie salad is low in calories and on the table in 40 minutes.

Chickpea and Halloumi Salad Recipe with Lentils

Thai kohlrabi and crab salad

Check out our punchy Thai salad recipe with white crabmeat and kohlrabi. This simple salad is easy to make, low in calories and ready in just 15 minutes.

Thai Crab Salad Recipe with Kohlrabi

Prawn aguachile salad

Check out our quick and easy prawn aguachile salad recipe. Aguachile’ means ‘chilli water’ in Spanish, referring to the fiery dressing. Traditionally, raw prawns would be used but we’ve used cooked here to cut down on time.

Aguachile Recipe with Prawns

Coronation tofu salad

Check out our easy vegan coronation salad recipe with smoked tofu, fragrant madras curry powder and sweet mango chutney. Plus this simple salad is low in calories, too.

Coronation Chicken Recipe with Tofu

Roasted veg and feta grain salad

Check out our vegetable salad recipe with roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes and onions. Ready in 45 minutes this simple salad will make an easy midweek meal for two.

Roasted Veggie Salad Recipe with Feta

Griddled chicken with mustardy lentil salad

Check out this vibrant chicken salad with crunchy green beans, seasonal mangetout and lentils. This quick and easy salad is low calorie and ready in 30 minutes – the perfect way to start the week.

Chicken Salad Recipe with Lentils

Pitta and bacon panzanella

Check out this easy panzanella recipe with super crispy bacon and crunchy baked pitta bread. This easy salad is packed with flavour and low in calories. Plus it’s ready in less than 30 minutes too, an easy midweek meal.

Panzanella Salad Recipe with Bacon

Roasted courgette, chickpea and lemon salad

Check out this quick and easy vegan salad recipe with roasted courgettes and crunchy chickpeas tossed in punchy harissa. It’s ready in 20 minutes and low in calories too.

Roast Courgette Salad Recipe with Chickpeas

Vegan buddha bowl salad

Try this low calorie vegan buddha bowl. This bright and colourful bowl of goodness is a super easy way to get some nutritional balance into your day. More of our best vegan dishes here…

Vegan Buddha Bowl Recipe

Prosciutto-wrapped halloumi with melon and mint salad

Check out this quick and easy halloumi recipe wrapped in prosciutto and served with a fresh and punchy melon and mint salad, an ideal midweek meal for 3. Plus it’s low in calories, too. If you love halloomi, check out of our best halloumi recipes here…

Fried Halloumi Cheese Recipe with Prosciutto and Melon served on 3 blue pale plates

Red rice, courgette and avocado salad with blitzed beetroot dressing

This courgette and avocado red rice salad is super easy and vibrant. Packed with flavour, plenty of colour and under 500 calories, this dish is the ideal midweek meal for two. More courgette dishes here to choose from…

Rice Salad Recipe with Courgette and Avocado and Beetroot Dressing

Steak, tomato and olive salad

Looking for a simple midweek meal? Try this super succulent steak, tomato and olive salad. It’s quick, easy and and under 450 calories.

Steak, Tomato and Olive Salad Recipe

Chargrilled tuna steak with crunchy bulgar lemon salad

Check out this flavour-packed tuna steak with zingy lemon bulgar wheat salad. Ready in 30 minutes, this low calorie recipe is a quick and easy midweek meal for two.

Tuna Steak Recipe with Bulgur Wheat

Herb, watermelon and rice noodle salad

Try our gluten free Vietnamese style herb, watermelon and rice noodle salad. This refreshing recipe is a great summer BBQ side dish and is ready in less than 30 minutes. What’s more, it’s low in calories too. We’ve got plenty more Vietnamese recipes here…

Watermelon and Rice Noodle salad with mint and holy basil

Chopped chicken salad

This quick and easy chopped chicken salad is under 400 calories and gluten-free, a great midweek meal ready in just 15 minutes. Discover more chicken recipes all under 500 calories…

Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe served on a white oval serving plate with silver cutlery to serve

Try this vibrant salad recipe with crispy golden tofu and crunchy vegetables. This easy dish is vegan friendly and low in calories, perfect summer salad. Discover more of our veggie salad recipes here…

Smoked Tofu Salad Recipe with Sesame Dressing and Veg

Crab and shaved asparagus salad

Check out this bright salad of crab and crunchy asparagus. This spring salad is easy to make and under 500 calories. Use sourdough that’s a day or two old for extra-crunchy croutons. Try more of our best asparagus recipes here…

Crab and Asparagus Salad Recipe

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 packed with flavour, a great healthy midweek meal that’s under 500 calories.

Red Pepper, Chicory, Caper berries and Salami

New potato deli salad

This classic new potato deli salad is super simple to make. Under 500 calories this recipe is a great healthy midweek meal.

New Potato Salad Recipe

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. Try more of our bright turmeric recipes here…

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

Courgetti som tam salad

This quick and easy vegan som tam salad uses courgetti for extra colour, taste and substance. If you wanted a more authentic flavour though, use fish sauce instead of tamari (gluten free sauce).

Courgetti Salad Recipe | Vegan Asian Salad

Get into the superfood revolution with this healthy combination of grilled salmon, farro or freekeh, harissa and herbs all mixed together in a spicy main course salad. Ready in under an hour and less that 500 calories. Discover more of our salmon recipes including salmon with a pesto crust…

Salmon Salad Recipe With Chilli and Mint Dressing served in a white oval dish on a electric blue table cloth

Griddled chicken with red rice salad and mango dressing

Check out this easy griddled chicken breast with sweet-juicy mango dressing and wild rice. This simple salad recipe is only 430 calories and ready in just 35 minutes.

Chicken and Mango Salad Dressing Recipe with Rice

Pear, pecan and dolcelatte salad

A simple, low calorie salad recipe. Seasonal pears work brilliantly with pecan nuts and creamy dolcelatte blue cheese for this vegetarian no-cook dish, ready in 15 minutes. Check out more of our best starer dishes here including a classic moules marinière recipe…

Pear Salad Recipe with Pecans and Blue Cheese served in blue dishes on a purple table cloth and brown bread on the side

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 for an easy low calorie lunch or dinner. We’ve got plenty more aubergine recipes here…

Sabich Salad Recipe with Grilled Aubergine and eggs. Plated up on a bug baby blue serving plate on a wooden blue board

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. More impressive Japanese recipes here…

Japanese Beef Salad Recipe with baby gem lettuce and radishes served on a long white plate

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. If you love Thai food, click here for our best Thai recipes…

Finely chopped Thai Chicken Salad Recipe served in a large white bowl

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 or low calorie dinner.

Kale Waldorf Salad Recipe with Buttermilk Dressing served in a large white bowl

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 that’s low in calories. Check out more of our succulent duck recipes here…

Duck and Mango Salad Recipe with Watercress served on a round white plate

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.

Freekeh Salad with Artichoke and Labneh served on a blue porcelain serving plate and 2 silver serving spoons

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. Discover our best kale recipes here, including crispy baked kale with paprika salt.

Kale Chicken Caesar Salad served on a pale white oval plate

Whipped goat’s cheese with beetroot and herb salad

This easy salad recipe is a celebration of British ingredients, the whipped goat’s cheese is accompanied by an English garden salad of coloured beetroot and British herbs. Plus it’s ready in less than 30 minutes and under 300 calories. Check out more of our vibrant beetroot recipes here…

Whipped Goat’s Cheese Recipe with Beetroot and Herb Salad served on a white plate

Sesame falafel salad with tahini sauce

Want an easy falafel salad recipe? Check out this quick dish that’s also less than 300 calories. A few clever cheats make this satisfying sesame falafel salad with tahini sauce quick and easy. Learn how to make falafel with our expert guide…

Sesame Falafel Salad Recipe With Tahini Sauce

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. Check out more of our Asian summer salad dishes here…

Smoked Salmon Recipe with Teriyaki Dressing served on a round white plate with chopsticks

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.

Watermelon Salad with Feta Recipe and Pomegranate dressing served on an oval light coloured serving dish with a salad spoon and fork for serving

Carrot salad with chickpeas and lemon

This salad dish is super zesty, full of contrasting textures and fresh ingredients, our easy recipe for carrot salad with chickpeas and lemon is ready in just 15 minutes. More carrot ideas here…

Carrot Salad Recipe with Chickpeas served on an oval white serving plate

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 this super easy Asian prawn black rice salad recipe. Try one of our other best rice dishes here…

Black Rice Salad Recipe

Brussels Waldorf

Try this quick and easy twist on the classic Waldorf salad. Packed with shredded raw brussels, crunchy juicy apples and crips celery this salad dish is ready in 20 minutes and under 100 calories. Check out more of our brussels sprouts recipes here…

Waldorf Salad Recipe with Brussels Sprouts served on a oval white serving dish

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.

Duck Salad Recipe with Cucumber and Spring Onion