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When it comes to weight loss and living healthy, one of the most logical choices to make when it comes to the diet is to eat more salad. Salads are great since they are lighter, they are full of fiber, and they can give you the feeling of being full without giving you too much calories. Salads are also super easy to make—chances are, you can rummage in your fridge and even as your supplies are running low, you can find ingredients to make salad with.
Salads are best made with fresh ingredients and light dressings. If you want to lose weight, it is best to use vinaigrettes instead of cream based sauces. Salads can be consumed any time of the day, be it as a light, crunchy breakfast, as a snack or as a dinner main.

Here are some healthy salad recipes that you can try at home.

Thai green mango salad

1 green mango, julienned into fine strips

1 lemon, juiced

1 shallot, sliced finely

2 cloves garlic

7 cherry tomatoes, halved

Chopped roasted peanuts

2-3 tbsp fish sauce

1 red hot chili (optional)

1.       In a large mortar and pestle, pound the garlic and peanuts. Add the tomatoes and squeeze in the lemon juice and fish sauce.

2.       Add the cherry tomatoes and pound until partly squished. Add the julienned mango strips and pound lightly. The mango should lose some of its volume, but not too much that it’s fully limp.

3.       Add the shallots and chilis and give a final pounding. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cool, about 20 minutes.

4.       You may choose to top the salad with shrimp or blanched squid.

Artichoke and tuna salad

1 can artichoke hearts

½ can pitted black olives

1 can tuna flakes in brine

Feta cheese, cubed

Red onion, sliced into rings

Romaine lettuce

Juice of ½ lemon

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Dried oregano ¼ tsp

Salt and pepper

1.       In a small bowl, immerse the sliced onions in ice cold water and set aside. This takes out the sting.

2.       In a small bowl, prepare the vinaigrette. Mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, a dash of balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.

3.       In a salad bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together. Chop the olives in half or in slices depending on how you prefer it. Slice the artichokes in half or in quarters. Drain the brine from the tuna before adding it in. Add the onion slices.

4.       Mix in the vinaigrette, chill and serve. The lettuce can be added in or it can be used to scoop up the salad.

Easy watermelon-mint salad

Watermelon cubes

Bunch of mint leaves, torn by hand

Red onions, sliced into rings

Feta cheese

Juice of 1 lemon

Olive oil

Dried oregano powder

Salt and pepper

1.       In a small bowl, immerse the sliced onions in ice cold water and set aside. This takes out the sting.

2.       In another bowl, prepare the vinaigrette by mixing the lemon, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper.

3.       In a salad bowl, mix the watermelon, mint, feta cheese and onions together.

4.       Pour the vinaigrette on top of the salad mix, and toss lightly.

5.       Chill and serve.