A salad diet doesn’t have to be a boring way of eating! It’s fun to switch things up a bit, and stray away from the usual greens, veggies and dressing combinations and kick your weight loss up with some flavor!
So if you’re looking to lose a few pounds or to incorporate more veggies and yummy greens into your salad diet, why not try your very own challenge?
The 17 Day Diet Blog is issuing a 7-Day Salad Diet Challenge: If you choose to accept, you are hereby invited to join in on a 7 day adventure — eat at least one salad per day for a total of seven days!
This salad diet challenge is designed to instill healthy eating habits, help you enjoy the idea of a salad and to help you lose weight. If you are so inclined, participate in this challenge for an extra week to form a new good habit!
Plus, if you happen to be on the 17 Day Diet, these are all approved, but keep in mind some might be for later cycles.
The 7-Day Salad Diet Challenge Rules
1. Eat at least 1 salad per day for 7 days
2. Stick to low-calorie, low-fat dressings (vinaigrettes are even better)
3. Eat more veggies than you normally do
4. Eat lean protein with every meal/salad
5. Experiment with new foods so you don’t get bored with your daily salad!
6. With increased fiber means increase your water intake — drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water per day
7. Get healthy and have fun!
17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Substitutions
For those of you on Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet, here are a few substitutions you may use:
1. Chicken breast for Quinoa
2. 1 boiled egg for black beans
3. Spinach for avocado
7-Day Salad Diet Challenge Recipes
Here are seven salads along with their recipes if you need some inspiration:
Day 1 – Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad
There’s nothing better than having a salad with cucumber! This Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad is light, refreshing and you can pair it with your favorite protein.
Day 2 – Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Avocado and Cumin-Lime Dressing
I’ve been on a quinoa kick lately. Even though quinoa is a grain, it’s also a complete protein!
This Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Avocado and Cumin-Lime Dressing is a superfood salad with all yummy ingredients ready to jumpstart your lunch with lasting energy!
Day 3 – Grown-up Tuna Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing
Tuna always brings me back to my childhood with tuna sandwiches, but this Grown-up Tuna Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing definitely brings out the “adult” in me.
This is a great salad for lunch or dinner and the creamy balsamic dressing is fantastic!
Day 4 – Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad
I love incorporating fruit into my salads. This Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad is a perfect example of what a yummy salad tastes like!
Perfect for summer or in the fall when apples are in season. Either way, you’re going to love this recipe!
Day 5 – Summer Slaw with Apples
Awe, another salad with fruit in it – apples to be exact! Yes, my Summer Slaw with Apples recipe has made the cut.
The apples add a slight sweetness to the salad that can’t be beat. Enjoy this year round and you’ll have yourself a staple in your house!
Day 6 – Salad in a Jar (Quinoa, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Spinach)
Remember when salads in a jar were a fad? Well, you can still create salad in jars for the entire week, even if it’s no longer in style!
This Salad in a Jar (Quinoa, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Spinach) recipe is the perfect way to prep salads for the week. Just grab your jar and head out the door for the day!
Day 7 – Cool Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Vinaigrette
This Cool Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Vinaigrette is one of my all-time favorite salads.
I’m usually munching on this during the Summer when strawberries are tasting their best, but you can certainly have this year-round.
Quick Overview of the 7-Day Salad Diet Challenge Recipes
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