Looking for a healthy chicken salad recipe for weight loss? This simple-to-make salad is only a few ingredients and will keep you full without extra carbs weighing you down.
Calories in this Chicken Salad Recipe
It’s easy to add up the calories in any chicken salad recipe.
Start with your base. There’s about 20 calories per cup of lettuce. This salad has about two cups of lettuce for the base.
Then for the veggies, you’ll use about 1/16 or an 1/8 of a red onion. For a half a red onion, there’s about 23 calories, so for an eighth of a red onion you can budget about 8 or 9 calories.
I generally place about half a cup of broccoli on my salad, which comes to about 15 calories.
Add in a whole tomato (remove the seeds to keep your salad from getting soggy) and add in another 22 calories for the tomato.
The pan-fried chicken breast will clock in at about 200 calories for about 4.5 to 5 oz of chicken.
Before adding dressing and croutons, your salad will be about 285 calories, not including the dressing of your choice. Add in your favorite dressing and croutons if desired.
Veggies to Add to your Salad
The best part of a salad is that you can add any kind of vegetable you’d like to it.
- Red Onion: Adding in diced or sliced red onions is an easy way to add color to your salad.
- Broccoli: Wash and well-washed and chopped florets of broccoli.
- Lean Protein: I used chicken for my salad, but you can use any lean protein, such as steak or fish.
- Corn: Add in baby corn or corn kernels.
- Tomatoes: Another way to add in color to your salad is sliced tomatoes. Slice them anyway you’d like and add them in.
- Canned artichokes: Artichoke hearts are a great way to add a tangy flavor that are full of vitamins to your salad.