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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Tasty, Nutritious Salads You'll Love

May 4, 2022
Written by
Team NutriSense

It's National Salad Month! And while the idea of a salad may seem boring, we're here to change that perception. Like any 'healthy' meal (remember, just because it's a salad doesn't mean it's suitable for your specific needs—there's no one-size-fits-all for healthy eating), salads don't have to be dull and devoid of flavor. 

At NutriSense, we believe that food can be delicious and nutritious, including salad. We've asked some members of our Nutrition Team to pick their favorite salads, so you can choose from a variety of unique textures and flavors that will please even the pickiest of eaters. 

9 Exciting Salads From Our Nutrition Team

Thanks to these options, you’ll never have trouble finding a salad recipe again. And best of all, these salads are full of nutrients that your body needs to function at its best. Read on to pick from our favorites. 

1) The Ultimate Garden Salad

Recommended by: Marie Funk, MS, RD, LDN 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mixed greens
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta 

Why Marie Loves It

"This salad recipe is super easy to prepare. Just some chopping and mixing, that’s it. The dressing includes balsamic vinegar, which we know is excellent for glucose control. And, it's packed with tons of flavor."

—Marie Funk, MS, RD, LDN 

2) Cucumber, Dill, Feta, and Pistachio Salad

Recommended by: Jordyn Wallerius, MS, RDN, CD  

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion or shallot
  • 2 English cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Why Jordyn Loves It

"I love this Cucumber, Dill, Feta, and Pistachio Salad from Spoonful of Flavor for a bright spring side dish. The crunch from the cucumbers and pistachios combined with the salt from the feta and acid from the apple cider vinegar is the perfect combination. I’ve even added a handful of greens when I wanted to mix it up."

—Jordyn Wallerius, MS, RDN, CD  

3) Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

Recommended by: Randi Yow, RDN, LDN

Ingredients

For the salad: 

  • ½ thinly sliced onion 
  • 1 large cucumber 
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes 
  • 2 medium avocados 
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or dill

For the dressing: 

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cloves minced garlic 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Why Randi Loves It

"For spring/summer, I love a good salad, and avocados happen to be my favorite food (and great for you with healthy fats). So, I love adding this avocado, cucumber, and tomato salad as a side to whatever protein we're having. It's also incredible with some greens and sunflower seeds added in."

— Randi Yow, RDN, LDN 

4) Greek Chickpea Salad

Recommended by: Bahar Brocken, RD, LDN 

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup halved pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 crumbled dairy-free feta or regular feta
  • 1/2 chop chopped parsley

For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Why Bahar Loves It

"Having a salad with your dinner most nights is an easy and healthy way to get a boost of nutrients and fiber in your diet (along with those glucose-lowering effects of having a salad before a balanced meal). I love mixing up my salads each week and experimenting with something different every time to keep things exciting. This Greek Chickpea salad is one of my favorite go-to's because it’s fast and delicious and has a recipe included for an easy homemade dressing. Chickpeas provide an excellent source of protein and fiber, and I often add some avocado because, well, how can you go wrong with avocado?!"

—Bahar Brocken, RD, LDN 

5) Green Goddess Salad

Recommended by: Marissa Kleinsmith, MS, RDN 

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 small head of green cabbage
  • 3-4 baby cucumbers 
  • 1/4 cup of chives
  • 1 bundle of green onions or scallions 

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup of basil leaves
  • 1 cup of spinach leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small shallot
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of nuts of your choice (I used cashews and walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar 
  • Any extra chives (optional)

Why Marissa Loves It

"Cabbage for the win! This Green Goddess Salad gets better on day two or three as the flavors in the dressing marry, and you don’t have to worry about the greens getting soggy with sturdy veggies like cabbage and cucumber. Those staple veggies add a snappy crunch to this salad and are fantastic to have on hand because of their long shelf life in the fridge. The dressing is full of heart-healthy fats, loaded with phytonutrients, and as simple as throwing nuts, garlic, greens, and herbs in the blender. I love it so much; I've cooked it with our members at one of our live cooking demos. Double this recipe for crowds or tote it along with you for lunch on busy days."

—Marissa Kleinsmith, MS, RDN

6) Israeli Salad

Recommended by: Carlee Hayes, RDN, CD

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Persian cucumbers, diced
  • 1 pound fresh ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup minced onion (optional)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt to taste (the recipe uses about 1/2 tsp)

Why Carlee Loves It

"Salad doesn't have to be complicated, and the key to a salad that isn’t boring (in my opinion) is the ability to use it in different ways. I love this salad from Tori's Kitchen because it’s versatile. I make a big batch at the start of the week and pair it with multiple meals throughout the coming days. I love a big bowl of this salad topped with juicy grilled chicken and sliced avocado, but it doesn’t stop there. You can throw it on a bowl of greens for a fresh twist, add a few spoonfuls to a hearty wrap, or even use it as a taco filler. The options are endless."

—Carlee Hayes, RDN, CD

7) Honey Glazed Beet, Fresh Fig, and Roasted Kale Salad

Recommended by: Stephanie Etherington, RD, CD, CDCES 

Ingredients

  • 8 small beets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bunches dinosaur kale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 dozen figs, quartered
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Why Stephanie Loves It

"Salads that include a touch of sweetness are my favorite, and this salad is almost too beautiful to eat. It’s a great choice to bring to your next barbeque or family gathering. This Honey Glazed Beet, Fresh Fig, and Roasted Kale Salad is one of my favorites. Pine nuts or pecans would be an excellent addition. Include a nice piece of wild-caught salmon, or enjoy it with grilled chicken for an extra protein boost."

—Stephanie Etherington, RD, CD, CDCES

8) Charred Corn Salad with Chili-Lime Shrimp 

Recommended by: Molly Downey, RDN, LDN

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 16-20 cleaned and deveined shrimp 
  • 1 ear white corn
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes 
  • 1 diced avocado 
  • 10 ounces baby arugula
  • Cotija to garnish

For the cilantro dressing:

  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the marinade:

  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Why Molly Loves It

 "This is one of my favorite warm weather salad recipes. It’s easy to season up the shrimp and add it to the grill for a nice smoky flavor. It does not require much time/effort and provides an excellent weeknight meal with minimal ingredients."

—Molly Downey, RDN, LDN

9) Cowboy Caviar

Recommended by: Victoria Eaton RDN, LDN, IFNCP

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 3 Roma tomatoes seeds removed, diced
  • 2 diced avocados 
  • ⅓ cup diced red onion 
  • 15 ounces rinsed and drained black beans 
  • 15 ounces rinsed and drained black-eyed peas 
  • 1 ½ cups frozen, thawed sweet corn  
  • 1 diced bell pepper diced
  • 1 diced, seedless jalapeno pepper 
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped cilantro

For the dressing:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice 
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Tortilla chips 

Why Victoria Loves It

"I’m a big fan of lettuce-less salads. Cowboy Caviar falls into my “favorite salads” category. It’s traditionally used as an entertaining dip, but I like to pair it with baked salmon or shredded chicken for an easy, fiber-rich, filling bean salad."

—Victoria Eaton RDN, LDN, IFNCP 

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Many people experience symptoms akin to menstrual cramping even when they are not on their periods. It’s surprisingly common, and various factors can contribute to it. Read on to find out what some of these are.

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The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels
The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Read on to learn more about vitamin D-rich foods and what you should include in your diet to make the most of this vitamin’s health benefits.

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Staying Safe in the Sun: A Breakdown on Sunscreen
Staying Safe in the Sun: A Breakdown on Sunscreen

It’s important to protect your skin from the harsh effects of the sun’s rays, and one of the most effective ways to do this is to wear sunscreen. But what is sunscreen, and how does it work?

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How Rice Affects Your Blood Glucose Levels
How Rice Affects Your Blood Glucose Levels

The world loves rice. It’s a staple food in many cultures and can have various health benefits for some. But does it cause your glucose to spike?

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Improving Fat Loss, Muscle Gain and Fitness With Continual Glucose Monitors
Improving Fat Loss, Muscle Gain and Fitness With Continual Glucose Monitors

Kara Collier and Dan Zavorotny talk continuous glucose monitors on the Mind Pump podcast.

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Dry Needling: Can it Really Help with Muscle Pain?
Dry Needling: Can it Really Help with Muscle Pain?

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique used by physical therapists and healthcare practitioners in an effort to alleviate pain and help restore movement in the body. Read on to find out more.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Healthiest Fast Food Choices
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Healthiest Fast Food Choices

Wondering what the healthiest fast food options are?  Here are some of the healthiest choices at fast food restaurants, according to dietitians.

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Here’s What a Realistic Weight Loss Timeline Looks Like
Here’s What a Realistic Weight Loss Timeline Looks Like

Many people try crash diets to lose weight fast, which may provide some short term results but don't work for the long haul. Here is a realistic timeline for healthy weight loss.

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9 Great Apps to Track Nutrition
9 Great Apps to Track Nutrition

Tracking nutrition has never been easier due to instant access to nutrition tracking apps. Here are the best ones.

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6 Popular IBS-Friendly Diets
6 Popular IBS-Friendly Diets

Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome, and see what popular IBS-friendly diets people follow to ease their symptoms.

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What You Need to Know About Neuropathy
What You Need to Know About Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can cause pain, discomfort, and interfere with daily tasks. Explore effective ways to prevent and manage it.

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet
The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet

Fermented foods have a range of health benefits. Read on to learn more about what they are and why you should be adding them to your diet.

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13 Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress
13 Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress

Stress can negatively affect your entire body. Here are thirteen different ways to reduce stress in your life.

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Best Physical and Mental Health Apps Available in 2022
Best Physical and Mental Health Apps Available in 2022

Here are the eleven best physical and mental health apps available in the app store.

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Improving Metabolic Health with Carlee Hayes
Improving Metabolic Health with Carlee Hayes

On this episode of Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli, Carlee Hayes, Nutrition Manager at NutriSense, discusses the company’s digital platform that aims to help others discover and reach their health potential.

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Carlee Hayes talks Metabolic Health with Rejuvenaging
Carlee Hayes talks Metabolic Health with Rejuvenaging

In this episode of Rejuvenaging with Dr. Ron Kaiser, Carlee explains how to cut through the online nutrition industry's noise, why we shouldn't look for a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to nutrition, and how CGMs work.

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Fruit Juice or Whole Fruit? What You Should Pick and Why
Fruit Juice or Whole Fruit? What You Should Pick and Why

Should you be drinking your fruits? Read on to find out more about juicing, whole fruits, and why one may be better for you than the other.

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Meet the Blood-Glucose Friendly Rambutan: What It Is and How to Eat It
Meet the Blood-Glucose Friendly Rambutan: What It Is and How to Eat It

Do you know what a rambutan is? Learn more about this blood-glucose-friendly tropical fruit and why you should add it to your diet.

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Organ Meats: Should You Be Adding Them to Your Diet?
Organ Meats: Should You Be Adding Them to Your Diet?

Learn about the health benefits and risk factors of adding organ meats to your meals, and try our favorite recipes using these nutritional treasure troves. 

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Five Cancer Research Developments of the Last Five Years
Five Cancer Research Developments of the Last Five Years

Read on to learn more about five of the most promising developments in cancer research.

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A Quick Look at Meditation and Blood Glucose 
A Quick Look at Meditation and Blood Glucose 

Learn more about meditation, how it positively impacts blood sugar, and how you can start incorporating it into your routine.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Tasty, Nutritious Salads You'll Love
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Tasty, Nutritious Salads You'll Love

Salads don't have to be boring! Our Nutrition Team recommends nine delicious, nutritious salads to help you find your favorite.

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Do You Need More Vitamin D?
Do You Need More Vitamin D?

Most people get the vitamin D they need from exposure to sunlight, but if you don't spend enough time outdoors, you may not be getting enough of this vital nutrient. Read our article to learn more.

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Your Mother's Day Gift Guide
Your Mother's Day Gift Guide

Can't decide on the perfect gift for Mother's Day? Pick from a list of ideas to find a healthy, but still exciting gift this year.

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Can Soy Really Prevent Diabetes?
Can Soy Really Prevent Diabetes?

Some research suggests that eating soy may reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Read on to learn whether that's true and find out more about the other health benefits of soy.

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Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Celiac Disease
Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Celiac Disease

Did you know that 23.5 million Americans live with autoimmune conditions? Learn more about the symptoms and causes of celiac disease and what you can do about it.

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Positive Thinking May Affect More Than Your Mental Health 
Positive Thinking May Affect More Than Your Mental Health 

It's no secret that positive thinking can improve your mood and help you cope with difficult situations. Review our article to see how a positive outlook may also benefit your physical health.

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The Best Diet for Menstruation
The Best Diet for Menstruation

When it comes to your menstrual cycle, what you eat can significantly impact how you feel. Read on to learn more about the best foods to add to your diet to help during that time of the month.

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9 Unusual Health Conditions You May Not Know About
9 Unusual Health Conditions You May Not Know About

Though most of us may never encounter these, these health conditions are still fascinating to learn more about. Read our article to find out more about nine of the most fascinating, unusual health conditions.

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The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar 
The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar 

Here is everything you need to know about the relationship between weight lifting and blood sugar.

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Two to 80 Employees in Just Two Years
Two to 80 Employees in Just Two Years

In this 20-minute conversation, Dan shares how he’s putting a Rockstar in every seat. And mistakes to avoid along the way.

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Understanding how Glucose Effects our Metabolic Health with Kara Collier
Understanding how Glucose Effects our Metabolic Health with Kara Collier

Kara, registered dietitian, and co-founder of NutriSense, discusses how blood glucose levels are a core marker of metabolic health. She dives into the health consequences of fluctuating blood glucose levels, and what levels to look fasted compared to post-meal.

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Using Real-Time Data to Improve Metabolic Health with Kara Collier
Using Real-Time Data to Improve Metabolic Health with Kara Collier

Today on the podcast, Kara Collier, RDN, LDN, CNSC, discusses revolutionizing preventative healthcare. It’s her mission to empower people with the knowledge to effectively monitor, optimize, and sustain their own metabolic health.

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11 Simple and Effective Weight Loss Tips for Men
11 Simple and Effective Weight Loss Tips for Men

Losing weight is typically easier for men than women, biologically speaking, but it's still challenging! Here are 11 simple yet effective tips for losing weight for men.

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What are the Best Times to Eat for Losing Weight?
What are the Best Times to Eat for Losing Weight?

Review our helpful article where we discuss the best times to eat if you are trying to lose weight.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Books on Metabolic Health
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Books on Metabolic Health

Whether you're looking for weight loss tips or to learn more about metabolism, a little reading material can go a long way. To help you get started, here’s some books on metabolic health, recommended by our Nutrition Team.

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Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT): Can It Replace Your Workout?
Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT): Can It Replace Your Workout?

NEAT can’t replace the benefits of intense cardio or strength-training workouts but like any physical activity, it has many overall health and fitness benefits. Read on to find out everything you need to know about NEAT.

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NutriSense CGM Program Review
NutriSense CGM Program Review

On this week's episode, Shannon describes the comfort, cost, usability, and education she experienced using the continuous glucose monitor program from NutriSense.

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Track Your Health in Real-Time with Dan Zavorotny
Track Your Health in Real-Time with Dan Zavorotny

On this episode of the Making Bank podcast, Dan Zavorotny discusses how he started the company “NutriSense” and how it reached a 150 million dollar valuation in 26 months.

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Can a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Help You Lose Weight?
Can a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Help You Lose Weight?

Carlee Hayes talks to This Podcast Burns Fat! about the important role blood sugar plays in weight management.