Salads from Around the World

International Salad Recipes Low in Carbohydrates

Greek Salad
Greek Salad. Eric Isaac/Getty Images

One of the constant standbys on a low-carb diet is salad. In fact, salads can be so constant that we can get quite sick of them at times. But truly, there is no need for that. A salad can be as varied as the countries in the world, and the vegetables in your market. Try a variety of colors, flavors, and seasonings in your next salad. To get you started, I've collected salads which are low in carbohydrates.

So prepare for a Salad Adventure!

Low-Carb Salad Basics

Which dressings are healthiest? What's the best way to toss a salad? These basics will get you started.

  • How to Find or Make a Healthy Salad Dressing: When you buy salad dressing, you need to read the label carefully to look for added sugars. Check for those with one gram or less of carbohydrate per two-tablespoon serving. It's also a good idea to check for the kind of oil in the dressing.
  • The best solution can be to make your own dressing. It's less expensive and very easy to do. 

Low-Carb Salads as Meals

These salads include protein, and are fine as a whole meal. Of course, a protein source can be added to almost any salad.

  • Green Salad with Chicken and Strawberries: When strawberries are in season, you can enjoy this lovely and light summer dinner salad. Sliced strawberries are joined by greens, grilled chicken breast, toasted almonds and feta cheese. The strawberry vinaigrette is the final touch.
  • Thai-Style Chicken Salad: This Asian-inspired salad is a refreshing combination of flavors and textures, perfect for summer. You can use up leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken. Add cabbage, sweet red pepper, mint, cilantro, jicama, chopped peanuts, and a spicy Thai dressing. You can make it as spicy as you want.
  • Taco Salad: This version is low in carbohydrate, made without beans and without serving it with tortilla chips or in a shell. You can still enjoy the rest of the traditional taco salad ingredients - ground beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, olives, cheese, sour cream and salsa.
  • Chopped Salad with Chicken and Bacon: Enjoy big flavors of bacon, blue cheese, and apple while keeping the carbs low in this hearty salad.

Low-Carb Salads on the Side

These salads can be a first course or side dish.

  • Cauliflower "Potato" Salad You don't have to give up on this picnic favorite when you go low-carb. Cauliflower makes a great substitute for potatoes and is even easier to prepare (no peeling).
  • Low-Carb Broccoli Bacon Salad A low-carb take on this American classic, exchanging currants for raisins and using less sugar. Another trick could be to chop the raisins so they add that burst of sweetness while adding fewer carbs.
  • Sugar-Free Cole Slaw Most cole slaw has quite a bit of sugar, so be careful if you buy it from a store in the U.S. Use this recipe for a sugar-free alternative.