Here are our favorite high-protein, low-carb salads including chicken, shrimp and tuna salads. Pack-up for lunch or have as a quick dinner!
Yes, salads can be high in protein, especially when you add lean sources of meat and fish, eggs and nuts. Protein is important since it helps keep you full for longer periods of time, so you're less likely to overeat or snack between meals. Plus, salads are typically low in carbs and are a great way to add more fiber and veggies to your diet. It's a win-win combination!
What is Considered High in Protein?
There is some variation in what percentage is considered "high protein" but generally 20% to 40% can be considered high. Wikipedia defines a high protein meal or diet as more than 20 percent of calories from protein, while Diet Doctor uses 25 percent to 35 percent of calories from protein.
Other High-Protein Toppings for Salads
Looking for more high-protein toppings for you salad? These low-carb, high protein salad toppings are easy to add and help enhance the flavor and texture of your salad!
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Crispy toppings: Quest tortilla chips, pork rinds or cheese crisps
- Fish & meats: canned tuna, canned salmon, sliced deli meat, rotisserie chicken
- Nuts & seeds: almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and sunflower seeds
- Cheese: parmesan, pecorino, feta and mozzarella
- Veggies: edamame, asparagus, broccoli and avocado
High-Protein, Low-Carb Salad Recipes
Here are our favorite high-protein, low-carb salads including shrimp salads, chicken salads, tuna salad, and taco salad. Enjoy!