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Easy, Low Calorie Side Dish Recipes

Updated on September 12, 2007

3 Cabbage “Cole” Slaw

This is a great, low calorie alternative to regular coleslaw because it doesn’t use mayonnaise.


  • 2 cups Napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange or apricot marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, grated


1. In a large bowl, mix cabbage with chives.

2. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, marmalade and ginger. Then pour over cabbage.

3. Toss and serve.

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Couscous & Vegetable Salad

Couscous is packed with nutrients and cooks quickly.


  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup couscous
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup frozen corn


  1. Heat oil in skillet. Add onion, carrot, celery and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, until tender.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in the couscous, peas, and corn. Cover and remove from heat.
  4. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 4, but this recipe is easily doubled.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

This is great to make ahead of time!


  • 3 large cucumbers, peeled
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Chop cucumbers, tomatoes and shallots.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Colorful Pasta Salad


  • 1 lb. tri-color pasta
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 6 baby carrots, sliced thinly into circles
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved, and cut into thin slices
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle Fat Free Italian Dressing


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

2. Cut broccoli into florets. Blanch in hot water and rinse with cold water.

3. Mix pasta, broccoli, carrots, red pepper, cucumber, and onions in a large bowl and chill.

4. Just before serving, pour dressing over pasta and vegetables. Mix well.

Serves 8!


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      Silicone Wristbands 7 years ago

      All the receipies were good ya.. but in this list this is the first time i am hearing about "Creamy Cucumber Salad"... I tried its good

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      Silicone Wristbands 7 years ago

      All the receipies were good ya.. but in this list this is the first time i am hearing about "Creamy Cucumber Salad"... I tried its good

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      Mary White 10 years ago from Mobile, AL

      These sound great. I love vinegar-based coleslaws, and have never seen a recipe that includes marmalade before. I can't wait to try this one.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Wonderful recipies! The cole slaw and the cucumber salad sound especially good.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 10 years ago from Seattle

      The Cucumber Salad serves 6. Hope you enjoy.

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      The Good Cook 10 years ago

      Yes thanks, all of these recipes will be added to my "must try out" list. However, I'm wondering how many the Cucumber Salad serves?

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      cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

      Another great healthy recipe set froom Stacie. I will definitely check out. The cucumber salad looks awesome. Thanks.

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      Nice recipes! The cucumber salad you mention is similar to a Polish one called "mizeria" (but that has dill weed for seasoning).