Healthy salads are a part of my daily diet as salads made with colorful vegetables are extremely nutrient-dense and filled with anti-inflammatory antioxidants. There are so many health reasons as to why I eat and recommend salads, but I also love eating a good homemade salad.
A delicious healthy salad is all about making a homemade dressing! When you learn how to make a couple of different homemade salad dressings it becomes easy to incorporate salads into your daily diet.
All you need is a couple of healthy salad recipes that you love for you to start craving salads!
Yup, I just said that…. As you start to eat healthier you will crave salads because your body loves and needs the nutrition found in vegetables. Once you find some healthy salads that you love your body will start to crave it making it easier to eat healthily!
I eat salads every day because I look forward to eating my delicious healthy salads and feel great as a result. But there is no way that I would love eating salads if it only consisted of some boring salad mix with a store-bought dressing which is almost always filled with unhealthy fats.
So, if you are looking for healthy salad ideas that taste amazing let me tell you that it is all about the homemade salad dressing and learning how to combine different vegetables to make the most amazing, nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory, liver cleansing and antioxidant-rich salads that are delicious and nutritious.
Vegetables of all variety and leafy greens are the best foods for weight loss and reversing insulin resistance as they are low in calories yet filled with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber which are required for optimal detox and health.
If you need some healthy salad recipes for weight loss or general health you have got to try any of the following salads that are bursting with flavor, color, and nutrition.
These salads and homemade salad dressings are each unique to provide variety for your taste buds. While I often throw random salads and dressings together without any recipe I always come back to these healthy salad dressing recipes to guide me in replicating my favorite salads and homemade salad dressings.
I have learned to write down my best recipes so that I can easily make and perfect the recipe in the future. Sometimes my best salads can be the ones with no recipe but then I am always kicking myself as I am not able to make it the same again.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and adjust any recipe but when you got it just right be sure to write your favorite salad dressing recipe down…. Or pin it to your healthy eating Pinterest board!
These healthy salad dressing recipes for weight loss are all made with cold-pressed oils as the processing of fats determines the quality. Having a few healthy fats in homemade salad dressings helps with the absorption of the fat-soluble nutrients A, D, E, and K while also providing satiety.
If you have weight loss goals be mindful of the amount of salad dressing used as fats found in oils are calorie-dense. Making a homemade salad dressing out of cold-pressed oils is way healthier than storebought salad dressings that are made with highly processed, oxidized fats high in omega 6 fat which are pro-inflammatory and often out of balance with the omega 3 fats.
Here are my top 7 nutritious and delicious healthy salad recipes each with their own easy to make homemade salad dressing.
#1 Creamy Broccoli Salad with a Healthy Yogurt Dressing
This creamy broccoli salad with bacon, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and red onion is served with a healthy yet creamy yogurt dressing.
Cranberries add the perfect sweetness to this broccoli salad recipe, blending beautifully with crispy bacon and red onion for a flavourful, creamy, and nutrient-dense broccoli salad.
Broccoli is an amazing liver cleansing food and an excellent source of plant-based protein.
#2 Glory Bowl Salad with the Glory Bowl Salad Dressing
This glory bowl salad dressing is loved by vegans and “hippies” as it has a unique flavor to any other classic salad dressing. If you like the creamy vegan glory bowl dressing made out of tamari, tahini, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, and garlic you will forever be addicted!
This glory bowl dressing makes it super easy to eat the color of the rainbow as it tastes amazing over leafy greens topped with grated beets, carrots, roasted tamari almonds, and feta cheese.
Beets are my #1 gallbladder cleansing superfoods as beets help to support bile flow from the gallbladder, which is crucial for liver detox, fat digestion, weight loss, constipation and preventing SIBO.
So many benefits to eating beets with this glory bowl dressing. This salad can easily be turned into a healthy buddha bowl by adding in some cooked rice with tempeh or chicken all drizzled with this super tasty glory bowl salad dressing recipe.
#3 Greek Quinoa Salad with a Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette
Greek salad is one of my favorite salads. Something about feta with onion, olives, cucumber, and red pepper just works!
This Greek quinoa salad is served with the most amazing creamy balsamic dressing and is the perfect lunchtime salad. I added quinoa and hemp seeds to this Greek salad for nutritious plant-based protein.
Hemp seeds are another one of my staple super foods as they contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids including the anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats which are great for weight loss and reducing inflammation!
#4 Lemon Tahini Dressing
This lemon tahini dressing is bursting with fresh and zesty flavors and is the perfect summer salad dressing.
The creamy vegan tahini dressing tastes delicious over any fresh raw vegetable salad making it super easy to eat a colorful diet with anti-inflammatory, liver cleansing phytonutrients, and antioxidants!
#5 Kale Apple Cranberry Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense super foods on the planet making this naturally sweet kale apple and cranberry salad a must eat salad for optimal health and weight loss.
This massaged kale salad with apple, cranberry, goat cheese and sunflower seeds drizzled with a homemade honey dijon dressing is nothing short of divine.
#6 Thai Almond Salad Dressing
This Thai inspired almond salad dressing is zesty and refreshing when served over a bed of romaine with cucumber, carrot, red pepper, green onion, and the best roasted tamari almonds to make a healthy Thai vegetable salad.
To make this salad into a Thai buddha bowl meal simply add some cooked basmati rice with tofu, tempeh, or chicken that is then topped with this amazing Thai almond salad dressing.
#7 Beet and Carrot Summer Salad with an Orange Citrus vinaigrette.
Last, but not least this beet and carrot summer salad with rocket greens, alfalfa sprouts, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, and chickpeas are served with a light and fresh orange citrus vinaigrette will blow your taste buds away! This summer salad is the perfect light dinner meal, healthy lunch, or side salad with BBQ food.
Rocket is a bitter leafy green which is phenomenal for liver detox and weight loss. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin c to make this delightful orange citrus vinaigrette.
If you are looking for some healthy salad ideas, try making some of these nutritious salads with easy to make homemade salad dressings. I promise you will love eating your greens and vegetables once you find the perfect healthy salad and homemade dressing combo.