This weight loss salad is healthy, vibrant, delicious and nutrient-dense.  Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and avocado are tossed in a fresh and tangy dressing to create a perfect pairing for any time of the day. I love this delicious salad for the fact that it is an ideal low-carb salad.  It is so filling and easy to make too.  Furthermore, it is perfect as a side or main dish, especially in the hot summer days when all you crave is something light and fresh.

 

 

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Each bite of this weight loss salad is filled with the tender, juicy and flavorful chicken pieces. Most noteworthy are the crunchy and colorful vegetables, not to mention the tangy vinaigrette with the ambrosial touch of coriander.  Every time I need to lose a few pounds, I replace a meal or two with this weight loss salad.  Of course, regular exercise along with a healthy diet is essential in weight management.

 

To make it even easier, prep the chicken before time.  When ready to eat, throw everything together, and you are good to go.

 

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What are the benefits of this weight loss salad?

Avocados are fruits that provide nutritional value to the body and support weight control.  They are packed with nutrients and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.  They also contain Vitamin C, B6, B12, A, D, K, E, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.  Furthermore, they are an excellent source of dietary fiber and energy. They are also a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids and have low sugar content.  Therefore, avocados are considered one of the best foods you can eat.

Chicken breast is an excellent source of low-fat protein. Protein helps your body to build and maintain muscle mass.  It is also an excellent source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, and niacin.

Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.

Cucumber health benefits include reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, healthy weight management and detoxifying the body.  Also, they help in enhancing the skin, supporting eye health and alkalizing the blood.

Paprikas are low in calories and are loaded with good nutrition. All varieties are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber.

Cilantro-Lemon Vinaigrette. Whether the goal is weight loss, a full detox, or just overall good health, lemons should be a staple in every clean and healthy diet. Lemons are a superfood that provides the body with Vitamin C,  thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. They are also a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. On the other hand, cilantro rids the body of heavy metals and protects against oxidative stress.  It also lowers Blood Sugar Levels and prevents urinary tract Infections.

 

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Weight loss salad Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber chopped in bite-size pieces
  • 200g cherry tomatoes or 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 red or yellow paprika (I used both)
  • 1 – 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced

 

Chicken Tenders Ingredients

  • 300gchicken tenders
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp Onion powder
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

 

How to make the Weight Loss Salad

Marinate chicken tenders with olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper in a medium-size bowl.

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Heat a pan over medium heat without oil.  Cook chicken in a grill pan until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side.

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Put cucumber, tomatoes, onions, paprika, and avocado in a large bowl. Top with chicken and drizzle cilantro-lemon dressing.

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Cilantro-Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 1 cups cilantro leaves
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 40 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp honey

 

How to make Cilantro-Lemon Vinaigrette 

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend for 1 minute.

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Drizzle over the salad and serve.

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Recipe Notes

  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • Only drizzle the dressing when ready to eat.
  • The chicken can store up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • To make it easier, prep the chicken before time and store in the fridge.

 

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5 from 7 votes
weight loss salad
Weight Loss Salad with Chicken Cucumber and Avocado
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 

This weight loss salad is healthy, vibrant, delicious and nutrient-dense.  Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and avocado are tossed in a fresh and tangy dressing to create a perfect pairing for any time of day.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Servings: 4
Author: Jayne Rain
Ingredients
Weight Loss Salad Ingredients
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 200 g Cherry tomatoes or 2 Roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 small Red onion (diced)
  • 1 red or yellow Paprika (diced)
  • 1 - 2 ripe Avocados peeled, pitted and sliced)
Chicken Tenders Ingredients
  • 300 g Chicken tenders (in bite-size pieces)
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
Cilantro Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients
  • 1 cup Cilantro leaves (substitute with parsley)
  • 40 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt (adjust to your taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp Honey
Instructions
Instruction for Weight Loss Salad
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat.


  2. Meanwhile, marinate chicken tenders with olive oil, lemon juice, chili powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a medium-size bowl.


  3. Cook chicken in a grill pan until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.


  4. Put cucumber, tomatoes, onions, paprika, and avocado in a large bowl. Drizzle cilantro-lime dressing and mix.


  5. Serve topped with chicken.


Instruction for the Cilantro Lemon Dressing
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend for 1 minute.


  2. Drizzle over the salad and serve.
Recipe Notes
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • Only drizzle the dressing when ready to eat.
  • The chicken can store up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • To make it easier, prep the chicken before time and store in the fridge.

 

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What do you think about this weight loss salad?  Have you tried it out? Meet me below and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.

 

If you loved this recipe, you might also be interested in my Broccoli Apple Salad. 

 

 

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