3 Quick and Simple 300 Calorie Salad Recipes (and win $500!)

3 Quick and Simple 300 Calorie Salad Recipes (and win $500!)
Carly Jacobs
This post is sponsored by Praise

f you’ve been reading Smaggle for a while you’ll know that I’m a salad fiend. (You’ll also know that I bloody love giveaways so stay tuned to see how you can win!) I even have a hashtag on Instagram – #smagglesalads. I have a salad for lunch almost every day (I usually stick to 300 calorie salad recipes), even if it’s a lame salad like a tin of tuna dumped on some lettuce if I’ve been lazy and haven’t shopped for a week.

As far as I’m concerned, the best part of any meal is the dressing or sauce. I LOVE dressing and sauce. Sweet chilli sauce, Italian salad dressing, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, soy sauce, mustard dressing – I freaking love dressing and sauce. My brother-in-law calls me Saucy Minx because I pretty much don’t eat anything without adding some kind of liquid condiment to it.

There is a major problem with my saucy-love though, because if I go pouring a few tablespoons of full fat dressing over a healthy salad, I can quickly turn it into a giant bowl of excess calories and fat. I’ve been a low-fat dressing gal for years and Praise has just released a new range called Zero that I actually already had an almost depleted bottle of in my fridge when they approached me for a collaboration. Match made in heaven right?

Some people are a bit weird about low-fat salad dressings, making the very valid point that fat is good and I totally agree, fat is grand! I would just prefer to get my essential fat fix in the form of food, like cheese or nuts. If someone offered me a hunk of brie cheese or a teaspoon of olive oil, I definitely know which one I’d be going for. If you choose a sensible dressing you can afford to have yummier things like avocado and cheese. Delish! Here are my top 3 simple salads that I’ve been eating recently. The grilled veggie one is delicious eaten cold the next day.

Also, check out after the jump below to see how you can win a cheeky $500 dinner voucher!

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Kale and Beef Salad

150 gms stir fried beef

1 medium tomato

1 cup of baby spinach leaves

1 small cucumber

2 small radishes

Praise Zero Italian dressing

Total calories: 227 calories


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Grilled Vegetable and Cous Cous Salad

1 cup of cous cous (I used gluten free cous cous)

1 cup of baby spinach leaves

1 medium zucchini lightly grilled

50 gms Beetroot fresh or canned

1 medium tomato

Praise Zero French dressing

Total calories: 298 calories

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Sweet Potato and Haloumi Salad

100 gms baked sweet potato slices

10 grams of slivered almonds

1 cup baby spinach leaves

1/2 medium capsicum thinly sliced

60 gms haloumi sliced and browned in a fry pan

Praise Zero balsamic dressing

Total calories: 306 calories

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Salad is the best. If Mr Smaggle wasn’t so amazing I’d marry salad (but only because I know lasagne would totally break my heart).

SO… if you’re a salad lover like me and you’re interested in WINNING  a $500 voucher to the restaurant of your choice here’s how you can win…

1. Take a picture of your salad

2. Instagram or Facebook it with the hashtag #zerosalad

3. Tag me @smaggle in the post (so I can see that you’ve done it!).

Who’s in?

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What’s your favourite salad? And what’s your most favourite dressing ever in the world?


(It’s blue cheese dressing isn’t it…?)


  1. Bec Thexton 7 years ago

    I’M IN! My favourite dressing is anything with balsamic or dijon mustard in it. I could drink that sh*z. Next time a salad gets eaten, you’re getting tagged!

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      Ha! Awesome! I’ve been tagging salads for years so this is a super perfect comp! 🙂

  2. Carli 7 years ago

    I love a good salad, count me in! Right now my favourite would have to be lime, chilli, olive oil, salt and good honey. Anything with a Thai bent and I’m there 🙂

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      Oh totally! I’m the same with Vietnamese dishes… finely chopped veg with fresh yummy chilli sauce!

  3. They look amazing! I am such a massive cous cous fan at the moment. So in! Fav dressing would have to be a green nahm jim. Such sweet and sour goodness!
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      I was stoked to find gluten free cous cous at our local deli – Mr Smags LOVES it!

  4. Sarah Jensen 7 years ago

    These recipes all look so delicious! I think my fave would have to be the grilled veggie and cous cous salad. Loving your photos by the way – great styling, so visually appealing – just makes me want to dive right in and eat everything I see! My favourite salad dressing is olive oil with lemon juice and black pepper.

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      Thank you! Mr Smags and I do them together! 🙂

  5. Christine 7 years ago

    Yum, they look amazing. Until recently I ate my salads naked. Couldn’t stand stuff poured on them. But now, my favourite is praise fat free french.My 2 favourite salads are Nigella’s Asian inspired lamb salad with its tangy, spicy dressing and quinoa salad with spinach leaves, roasted capsicum, avocado, fetta and a drizzle of caramelised balsamic vinegar – in summer I add sliced fresh mango. nom nom. I spy you have some la tapa dishes. I treated myself to some last year – colourful salads and mexican foods look sensational served on them. x

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      Gosh I wouldn’t even know they were called that! We just buy good plates and dishes whenever we see them. I love ones that are like stone you know?

      • Christine 7 years ago

        They have a very interesting story – you might be interested in:

  6. 2aussietravellers 7 years ago

    Love the long pin-ready images! I tend to make my own dressings sometimes I’ll make mayonnaise and sneak in a touch of blue cheese but most often some blend of the best oil, vinegar, mustard and honey I can find in my cupboards and chop up whatever herb is thriving in the garden at the time. x

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      Mustard and honey! The best! I love asian sauces too with chilli and soy!

  7. lisamummymadeit 7 years ago

    I love the photos!! I often make an avocado based dressing or something lemon juice based.

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      I freaking love avocado. I could eat it every single day.

  8. Sublime Finds 7 years ago

    Super excellent and edible pics here! I love me some Balsamic Glaze. Mmmmhmm! Cannot got past a low-fat dressing, like you I have other ideas on where I’d like to spend my calories. Like on freckles. LOVE me some freckles. I will be keeping an eye out for it! x

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      I love this comment. I just imaged crushed up freckles on a salad. Like freckle croutons.

  9. alex 7 years ago

    yummm! so happy you shared this post because I need some creative new salad recipes to get back in shape – and these look amazing. Thanks!

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      Awesome! I’m always figuring out the calories in my meals and I might as well just write it down and publish it! 🙂

  10. Only you could make salad seem so appealing! I used to be very anti-salad (“too boring!” / “it never fills me up!”) but my salad tides are slowly turning. My current fave is baby spinach, beetroot and feta. I need to get me some of that Praise Zero balsamic dressing…

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      Carly Jacobs 7 years ago

      It’s actually really good! I’ve been using it for ages! I’m a salad FIEND! I love it – I eat salad nearly everyday. I’ll get you over to the dark side… just you wait. 🙂


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