5 Scrumptious Salads

These salads taste great, are easy to make—and will help keep your blood sugar levels in check, too!

By
Diana Bierman

If you have diabetes, you know that not every salad is created equal. Some are loaded with starchy toppings or fatty dressings—fare that won’t do your blood sugar levels any good. Lucky for you, we have tons of diabetes-friendly salad recipes that are delicious, healthy and a cinch to prepare. Enjoy one of these gems today!

Spinach Salad With Walnuts and Strawberries
Spinach is a great source of diabetes-friendly magnesium. In fact, people who consumed the most magnesium had a 30% lower risk of diabetes, according to a Harvard study. Plus strawberries are packed with phytochemicals called polyphenols, known to boost the production of insulin, which means blood sugar levels stay stable. 

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A Salad of Salmon, Beans and Crunch
This salad contains three types of beans, which have a winning combo of protein and fiber to help stabilize blood sugar levels and keep hunger in check. Plus, peppercorns and chives give same-old salmon a scrumptious twist.

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Panzanella Salad With Grilled Nectarines
This Tuscan meal is often referred to as “leftover salad,” as it contains an array of ingredients. Your health booster in this one: Nectarines! They contain bioactive compounds that may help fight obesity and diabetes, say researchers.

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Spanish Roasted Tomato Salad
Oven-roasted tomatoes are dressed in sherry vinegar, then delicately seasoned with cumin and herbs—yum! Plus, tomatoes contain a phytochemical called lycopene, which may help stave off heart disease. This recipe is best made in the height of the summer when naturally sweet tomatoes and the salad’s fava beans are at their peak.

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Orange and Sprout Salad
Oranges are a great source of vitamin C and fiber and have zero saturated fat, sodium or cholesterol. The salad’s cool, crunchy bean sprouts combined with tangy orange makes for a lip-smacking healthy lunch.

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Published
August 2013