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3 Easy PCOS Salads + How To Create Your Perfect Salad

Kym Campbell

By Kym Campbell, BSc. | Updated March 18th, 2024

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The problem with PCOS salad recipes is that there are too many to choose from. I’ve got more than 30 to choose from in my PCOS meal planner.

If you’re suffering from decision fatigue, try one of the three recipes I’ve shared here. These are some of my favorites. They’re especially good to try if you’re new to a PCOS-friendly diet.

For more recipes, download this free 3-Day Meal Plan and sign-up for my free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge.

How to Create Perfect Salads for PCOS

There are many good salads for PCOS. But some are truly great for managing symptoms. Here’s how to make the best PCOS salads.

  1. Don’t use any ingredients that contain gluten. I explain why in my gluten and PCOS article.
  2. Don’t use any ingredients that contain dairy until you’ve completed a dairy-elimination diet. I explain why in my PCOS and dairy article.
  3. Consider what kind of carb load you want. Salads are the perfect meal for helping you achieve the best macros for PCOS. This is mission-critical for weight loss and fertility.
  4. Make sure you’re getting a full serving of protein. Meat, eggs, and fish is the best way to achieve this because they’re a great source of essential amino acids. They also contain healthy fats and other micronutrients. Eating more meat is especially important for PCOS weight loss.
  5. Always add healthy fats and oils. This is an essential aspect of a good PCOS diet. Nuts, seeds, avocado, and olive oil are perfect candidates for most salad recipes.
  6. Make your own dressings. This is the best way to control the ingredients. Plus, it’s cheaper. If you do buy salad dressing, choose more PCOS-friendly products like those offered by Primal Kitchen.

PCOS Salad Recipes

Here are three healthy salads for PCOS that put the tips above into practice.

When making any of these PCOS-friendly salads, I recommend making big batches. That way, you can enjoy them over several meals while also reducing time spent in the kitchen. Of course, it’s best to store the dressing separately to keep the salad from going soggy.

  1. This Guacamole Chicken Salad is a nice entry-level salad. I’m a low-talent, reluctant cook. But this one’s easy, even for me. If you have leftover cooked chicken and quinoa, it takes minutes to throw together. You can make this an even lower-carb meal by excluding the quinoa. This can be helpful if, like me, you have terrible insulin sensitivity.
  2. This Asian Chicken Slaw contains a lot of prebiotic-rich ingredients which is great for supporting gut health. As I explain in my PCOS natural treatment article, improving gut health is key to managing PCOS successfully.
  3. This Sweet Potato Noodle Salad is perfect for preventing cravings. That’s because it’s higher in low-glycemic, carbohydrate-rich ingredients. This recipe is best paired with some protein and fat as doing so improves the glycemic load of the salad. Your friends and family will be happy to share this tasty, colorful dish.

PCOS Success Stories

One thing that’s clear from my free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge is that the same dietary changes recommended above are good for all types of PCOS. You can see this among the many PCOS success stories this program continues to accumulate.

If taking on a 30-day challenge seems like too much right now, then download this free 3-Day Meal Plan instead. It’s a nice way to get started.

Ready to Take Action?

  • Join my free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge here. This is a unique program where you'll receive weekly meal plans, shopping lists, and helpful video lessons. You'll also be part of a motivated and inspiring community of like-minded women.

  • Download my free 3-Day PCOS Diet Meal Plan here. This is perfect for getting started if you aren't ready to commit to 30 days.

  • Join my PCOS Monthly Meal Planning Service here. This service includes hundreds of PCOS recipes within a pre-populated, yet customizable meal plan. It's designed to save you time and help you apply a PCOS diet.

  • Sign up for my Beat PCOS 10-Week Program. This is a comprehensive program that covers diet, PCOS-centric emotional eating, exercise, stress management, and much more. All within a support group environment. The 10-Week Program includes the same recipes and meal plan as my monthly meal planning service.


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