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Salads are great dishes that may be served at the beginning of a meal, as a side dish or as a main low-calorie meal all by itself.

It is very easy to make a healthy delicious salad, using lots of fruits and vegetables. This way, the salad will be loaded with vitamins and minerals and still have a reasonably low calorie count. Salads area also great sources of fiber that can help regulate digestive system and suppress the appetite.

Fruits and vegetables fiber added to very low calorie salads reduces hunger and alleviates constipation.

Here are some healthy salad ideas:

Cucumber, Radish and Melon salad

It is best served with highly nutritional crispy almonds with a honey and walnut oil dressing. The salad has a rich and exotic taste and it may be complemented with cold or smoked meats and poultry.Bulgur Wheat and Shrimp Salad

Bulgur is easy to prepare and it is a great ingredient in any salad. Bulgur wheat is a natural whole grain food in that no chemicals or additives are used in processing the product. High in fiber and carbohydrate and low in fat, bulgur is rich in vitamin B, iron, phosphorus, and manganese. Combined with shrimp, it makes an eye-catching colorful salad great as a main dish for a summer lunch or picnic.

Fruity Pasta SaladDelicious, exotic and refreshing salad can be easily prepared by combining pineapple and pear with balsamic vinegar. Sweet and sour layers of taste will make this salad extremely piquant. It is best combined with lean ham, cheese, fruits and vegetables. One may combine to its own taste, until the pasta is balanced enough.

Rustic Broiled Vegetable and Rigatoni Salad

Broiled vegetables and pasta in a spicy dressing are best served as a low-calorie meal or as a side dish together with broiled poultry or meat.

New Potato Salad

Potatoes are well known for being beneficial to bowel health, but new research suggests that they may also have a beneficial effect on the immune system. Combined with a creamy dressing, they make an excellent dish. One may add cucumber, green onions or fresh herbs, to taste. If possible, it would be the best to leave the skin on potatoes. Potato skins contain many nutrients and a lot of fiber, which is vital for a healthy diet

Garlicky Tomato Salad

The great combination of tomato and garlic is a healthy and refreshing side dish to almost every meal. It is best to use delicious sweet tomatoes. Another great idea is to mix different colored sorts to make an eye-catching dish.

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