Salad Recipes for Diabetics

Linda Johnson Larsen
Diabetic Recipes: Salads

Salads can be a healthy choice for diabetics as long as you follow a few rules. Make sure you use the freshest ingredients and choose healthy ingredients that are low in carbohydrates. Remember all carbohydrates should be restricted on a diabetic diet, not just sugary foods. Add lots of vegetables and lean meats, such as chicken and fish, to your salad recipes.

Classic Chicken Salad

Virtually everyone loves chicken salad. This recipe is very low in carbohydrates. Lean meats like chicken that contain lots of protein are a good choice for diabetics, since protein can help repair cell damage. This low-fat salad is full of flavor from mustard, lemon juice, and herbs. Serve it on dark leafy greens for even more nutrition.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 rotisserie chickens OR 6 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 6 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Remove the meat from the cooked chickens, discarding the skin, and cube. Add to a large bowl with the celery and pecans.
  2. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with a wire whisk until combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss to coat.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the salad for two to three hours to blend flavors before serving.

Serving and Nutrition Information

Makes 8 servings. Per 1 cup serving: Calories 164, Sodium 337 mg, Cholesterol 15 mg, Fat 8g, Carbohydrates 4g

Tossed Green Salad With Avocado

Dark leafy greens are a great source of fiber and nutrients, such as iron and calcium. Diabetics should eat lots of foods high in fiber. Choose greens like kale, Romaine lettuce, mesclun, chard, and spinach for your salads. Likewise, avocados have lots of healthy fat that can fill you up and protect your heart. This salad is very high in vitamins A and C (more than 50 percent of daily value), nutrients essential for good health. You can use this dressing for any other salad, as well.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 avocado, peeled and cubed

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the spinach, romaine, cabbage, and butter lettuce in a serving bowl and toss gently.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and mix well with a wire whisk.
  3. When you're ready to eat, prepare the avocados and add them to the salad. Drizzle with the dressing, toss gently, and serve immediately.

Serving and Nutrition Information

Makes 4 servings of 1-1/2 cups each. Per serving: Calories 137, Sodium, 104 mg, Cholesterol 0 mg, Fat 12g, Carbohydrates 7g, Vitamin A 81 percent DV, Vitamin C 51 percent DV

Salmon and Veggie Pasta Salad

Salmon and Veggie Pasta Salad

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your heart and may help improve insulin resistance. Consuming this fish may reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye problems, according to a 2016 study. Likewise, colorful vegetables contain fiber and nutrients that are essential for good health. Kefir is a fermented yogurt drink that helps promote good intestinal health. You can eat pasta on a diabetic diet as long as you control amounts and choose whole grain varieties. Additionally, did you know cooked and cooled pasta contains resistant starch, which can increase nutrient absorption and can help you burn fat?

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 cups cooked whole grain gemelli or ziti pasta
  • 3 (6 ounce) cooked salmon filets, cooled and flaked
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons kefir or whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the pasta, flaked salmon, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, peas, and chopped avocado and toss gently to coat.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine all the dressing ingredients. Blend or process until smooth.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss to coat.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to blend flavors before serving.

Serving and Nutrition Information

Makes 8 servings. Per 1 cup serving: Calories 281, Protein 18g, Sodium 84 mg, Cholesterol 41 mg, Fat 12g, Carbohydrates 18g, Vitamin C 47 percent DV

Make Salads a Mainstay of Your Diet

As long as you monitor the carb count in the recipe, salads can be a wonderful part of a diabetic diet. Choose a good variety of nutritious ingredients to make your salads flavorful and healthy.

Salad Recipes for Diabetics