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5 Salads That Won’t Make You Hate Your Diet

When you are trying to clean up your food act and all your options seem sad and disappointing, there’s not much flavor incentive to stay on track. Here are 5 Salads That Won’t Make You Hate Your Diet.

5 Easy Salads That Won't Make You Hate Your Diet

New year, new you… er… something like that I think. January is that month where we all vow to change our ways and honor resolutions, and finally knock off those extra pounds. We all promise to stop eating brownies, and cut out the sweet tea, and eat a steady diet of oatmeal and Brussels sprouts for all of eternity.

The only problem is that when you start cutting EVERYTHING from your diet, it can be all too easy to get bored and fall off the wagon. Healthy foods should be fun. They should have flavor. There should be color and texture — and you should look forward to eating good things.

So I went back through my archives and pulled out my 5 FAVORITE Salads That Won’t Make You Hate Your Diet.

  1. Copycat Panera Power Kale Caesar Salad. Ready in 30 minutes or less. And the Parmesan crisps are amazing. You won’t ever hate having a huge bowl of this.
  2. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps have been pinned hundreds of thousands of times. It is one of my top 5 recipes for 2 years running. Buffalo chicken makes people happy.
  3. Cherry Almond Chicken Salad – dried cherries, goat cheese, and cherry balsamic vinaigrette. How could you hate this? It’s delicious.
  4. Asian Chicken Crunch Salad is probably my personal favorite on this list. I decided it needed to happen when every recipe for a creamy oriental dressing called for 1 cup of sugar.
  5. Greek Chicken Salad with Tangy Greek Dressing. Love Greek salad? Me too. Don’t be intimidated by the ingredient list here. It’s just a basic marinade for the chicken using pantry staples – it’s also my go-to when we are grilling.

Even if you aren’t joining the masses in an effort the shape up, these salads are part of our regular meal rotation because they are simple to make and taste amazing. Lettuce doesn’t have to make you cringe.



Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Hi Heather, thank you so much for sharing this. One day I will try making these salads!

Heather Tullos

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Hi Jeff! I hope you enjoy! They are all pretty simple.

Michele @ Alwayzbakin

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

These salads all sound fantastic! You're absolutely right about eliminating everything from your diet can make you fail. I didn't make a resolution to diet, but to drink more water, add more fruit and start walking. Thanks for the great lunch ideas!! Happy New Year!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Hi Michele! Fruit water and walking are changes I could make! Great to hear from you & Happy New Year!

Erin @ The Speckled Palate

Monday 4th of January 2016

LOVE this round-up! You're so right about dropping everything from your diet and immediately not wanting anything you're allowed to have and hating your diet. So. Been there, done that, and don't want to fall into that pitfall again.

I've pinned this, and I desperately want to try that kale Caesar salad. Mmm.

Heather Tullos

Monday 4th of January 2016

I don't have a Panera close by and the kale salad is ON POINT!! I can't be GF and dairy free and fat free and cookie free and sugar free and still be happy. It's bad for my life lol. So these salads help me walk the line :)