Diabetic Friendly Salad Recipes

If you’re a person with diabetes or one of your beloved ones is diabetic, you may know nutrition is the most challenging and vital matter. Nutrition in seniors with diabetes is of great importance, and they should always stay discreet about the foods and nutrients they receive through their daily diet. There will be no exaggeration if I tell you the matter of a healthy diet is a matter of life and death for people with diabetes. There are so many foods and materials they must limit or even cut out and replace them with other alternatives.

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Salads are the healthiest high nutrients meals in the world of foods. So it would be great to fit some healthy salad recipes into your notebook. Although salads are considered healthy meals, not every salad is suitable for people with diabetes. You should be cautious in choosing salad ingredients to avoid blood sugar spikes. Pay attention to choosing recipes that contain vital nutrients that make the salad an efficient and sufficient meal.

Diabetic-Friendly Salad Recipes

Choosing the best diabetic salad could take you hours because every single ingredient needs a check out to see whether it’s harmful to diabetics or not.

But don’t worry! We have gathered the best diabetic salad recipes in this section. So the only thing you need to do is provide the ingredients, follow the instructions and enjoy your meal. Here, a critical tip is to use diabetes-fighting herbs and organic ingredients, virgin olive oils, and apple vinegar in these salads. These recipes contain low-carb vegetables and fruits like cucumbers, lettuce, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, onions, radishes, tomatoes, and avocado.

Blackberry Balsamic Spinach Salad

Blackberry balsamic spinach salad

Calories: 106
Cat: 7g
Cholesterol: 3mg
Sodium: 230mg
Carbohydrate: 9g
Protein: 3g
Required ingredients for six plates: Baby spinach (3 cups), Blackberries (2 cups), Cherry tomatoes (1 cup), Crumbled feta cheese (1/3 cup), two thinly sliced onions, Chopped toasted walnuts (1/2 cup), Balsamic vinaigrette (1/3 cup)

Instructions: Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl and use walnuts and balsamic as dressing. Bon appetite!

Skinny Cobb Salad

Skinny Cobb Salad

Remember the classic cobbed salad? The skinny version keeps all the tastes with healthier ingredients.
Calories: 324
Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 48mg
Sodium: 646mg
Carbohydrate: 31g
Protein: 23g
Required ingredients for four plates: Fat-free plain Greek yogurt (1/4 cup), reduced-fat ranch salad dressing (2 tablespoons), coleslaw mix (3 cups), chopped lettuce (3 cups), one large and chopped apple, crumbled low-fat feta cheese (1/2 cup), cubed cooked chicken breast (1 cup), four chopped and cooked turkey bacon strips, two chopped green onions, rinsed and drained garbanzo beans or chickpeas (15 ounces), one small peeled and cubed ripe avocado.
Instructions: First of all, mix the greek yogurt and salad dressing and add one teaspoon cold water. Combine coleslaw mix with lettuce and divide the mixture into the plates. Use other remaining ingredients as toppings and then drizzle with the dressing mixture.

Herbed Tuna and White Bean Salad

Herbed Tuna and White Bean Salad

Calories: 319
Fat: 16g
Cholesterol: 30mg
Sodium: 640mg
Carbohydrate: 20g
Protein: 23g
Required ingredients for one large bowl: Fresh arugula (4 cups), rinsed and drained no-salt-added cannellini beans (15 ounces), halved grape tomatoes (1 cup), half of 1 thinly sliced red onion, chopped roasted sweet red peppers (1/3 cup), pitted olives (1/3 cup), chopped fresh basil (1/4 cup), virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons), grated lemon flavour (1/2 teaspoon), lemon juice (2 tablespoons), one clove garlic, salt (1/8 teaspoon), albacore white tuna (2 cans)

  1. Add the first seven ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently.
  2. Mix olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and then drizzle over the previous combination.
  3. For the last step, add tuna to the bowl and toss the entire materials.

Zesty Steak Salad

Zesty Steak Salad

Calories: 218
Fat: 8g
Cholesterol: 54mg
Sodium: 314mg
Carbohydrate: 11g
Protein: 26g

Required ingredients for one large bowl: Striped beef top sirloin steak (1 pound), Worcestershire sauce (1/3 cup),  Julienned onion (1 medium), Julienned green pepper (1 medium), butter (1 tablespoon), Shredded lettuce (6 cups), Halved cherry tomatoes (6 to 9), salsa sauce (optional)

Instructions: First, cover up the whole beef top sirloin steak with Worcestershire sauce, put it in a bowl, and refrigerate for a couple of minutes. After that, saute the onion and pepper with butter for up to four minutes. Add the beef to the mixture, fry until it’s no longer pink, and put it in a bowl. Add lettuce and toss the mixture. Put the tomatoes on top and serve.

Broccoli and Apple Salad

Broccoli and Apple Salad

Apple is one of the best fruits to control diabetes, and broccoli is one of the healthiest ingredients ever, which explains why this recipe is on our list. 

Calories: 124
Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 7mg
Sodium: 134mg
Carbohydrate: 22g
Protein: 4g

Required ingredients for one large bowl: Small fresh broccoli florets (3 cups), chopped apples (3 medium), chopped mixed dried fruit (1/2 cup), chopped red onion (1 tablespoon), reduced-fat plain yogurt (1/2 cup), four cooked and crumbled bacon strips


  1. Mix broccoli, onion, dried fruit, and apples in a large bowl and toss them gently.
  2. Add the yogurt and keep stirring.
  3. Put the bacon on the top and refrigerate the salad until serving.

Crispy Asian Chicken Salad

Crispy Asian Chicken Salad

Calories: 386
Fat: 17g
Cholesterol: 63mg
Sodium: 620mg
Carbohydrate: 29g
Protein: 30g

Required ingredients for one large bowl: Four boneless skinless chicken breast halves, hoisin sauce (2 teaspoons), sesame oil (1 teaspoon), panko bread crumbs (1/2 cup),  sesame seeds (4 teaspoons), canola oil (2 teaspoons), spring mix salad greens (4 cups), julienned green pepper (1 tiny), julienned sweet red pepper (1 small), julienned carrot (1 medium), sliced fresh mushrooms (1/2 cup), thinly sliced onion (2 tablespoons), toasted sliced almonds (2 tablespoons), reduced-fat sesame ginger salad dressing (1/4 cup)

Instructions: First of all, combine the sesame oil and hoisin sauce and brush all over the chicken breasts (you may want to flatten the breasts into 1/2 thickness). Make a sesame seed and panko mixture in a shallow bowl to dip the chickens into it. The next step is to cook each side of the chickens for 5-6 minutes in a skillet. Meanwhile, you can mix the other ingredients in a bowl and divide them into two plates. Add the chickens on top whenever they’re ready. Drizzle the dressing and almonds at last.


You can choose any salad recipe that appeals to your taste and appetite. These salad recipes are not only considered healthy, but they’re also delicious and enjoyable. Since they don’t take too much time to prepare, they’re the best options for busy days. What is your favourite one on the list? Have you ever tried any of these diabetic-friendly salads?

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7 months ago

My father has diabetes. He always wants to have his salad with cheese; actually, his favourite food in the world is cheese. Is cheese good for people with diabetes? Can he eat cheese as part of a healthful diet? I think a diet that includes too much cheese would be harmful to people with or without diabetes, but he disagrees with me every time I ask him not to eat cheese.

Reply to  Emma
7 months ago

Hello, Emma. Cheese is usually considered a good option for diabetic people. It has low carbohydrate content and is high in protein and calcium. Most cheeses almost don’t have any carbs, so they have a very low glycemic index. The glycemic index, as you might know, is a 100-point scale. It rates foods based on how fast they raise one’s blood sugar. So, the lower the points, the safer the food for people with diabetes. However, as with any food, we should consume cheese in moderation. Having too much cheese is not healthy for anyone, with or without diabetes.

Reply to  Emma
6 months ago

I am afraid I have to disagree with you, Emma. When I was younger, I had complete contempt for all kinds of salad. Now I make different kinds of salads for myself, and I enjoy eating them. I make salad now because nobody forces me to do so. If you think your father’s diet is not suitable for him and he has to change it, you need to ask him politely and suggest the best. Otherwise, he will not listen to you.

7 months ago

My grandma has diabetes. So, my father decided to put up a small salad bar at her house to encourage her to eat more healthily. She used to dislike veggies and salads in general, so, naturally, she was not happy at first. But, after a few weeks, she started trying out different combinations and salad dishes.
Now, there is not a single day when she doesn’t have a salad plate in her meals. And for the salad maniac that is me, let us just say that lately, I have been visiting my grandma a lot more 😀

Last edited 7 months ago by Julia
7 months ago

A close friend of mine is a vegetarian and has been dealing with diabetes for over a year now. While the drastic diet change was tricky and overwhelming for her at first, she got used to her limited options pretty quickly.
She eats lettuce salad as her lunch almost every day, and on her cheat days, she adds French and other kinds of dressings to her salad. She likes having shallots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and sometimes olives in the whole mix to change things up. Sometimes, when I am at her house, I make a salad sandwich and join the fun.

Last edited 7 months ago by Leo
7 months ago

I have a question. Recently, I’ve started preparing salads as my main dish for dinner. They usually include some lettuce, cucumber, mushroom, green pepper, and tomato. I have been adding steak to my salad with no dressings for the past few days.
However, almost every time I have a salad with steak, my blood sugar gets very high. I used to have chicken breast with my salad, and there were no spikes back then. Does it have anything to do with my gluten intolerance? Is there any reason for my drastic sugar spikes after having my salad with a steak?

7 months ago

One thing that I have learned from my diabetic friend is that after the body runs out of glycogen stores to convert to glucose, and when our body is low on glucose, it starts turning proteins’ amino acids into glucose. And this occurrence may lead to sugar spikes. So, it might be better not to have meat with your salads.

Last edited 7 months ago by Owen
7 months ago

My friend has diabetes, and she has made different kinds of foods and salads for herself since three years ago; yesterday, she taught me to make a salad that is good for people with diabetes. It has broccoli, onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, mushrooms, avocado and tomato. I made the salad last night, and I have to say that it was so fine. You can make this salad so easily and quickly. I grilled the mushrooms, and it made the salad taste even better.