The Crazy Kitchen: Beetroot, Carrot & Cottage Cheese Salad {5:2 Diet Recipe}

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Wednesday 20 March 2013

Beetroot, Carrot & Cottage Cheese Salad {5:2 Diet Recipe}

Last week I started doing the 5:2 diet, a way of eating whereby you fast for 2 days of the week and eat normally for the rest. On fast days you can consume around 500 calories, which isn't a lot if you only eat cakes and biscuits, but with a little bit of imagination you can create meals with very few calories. I'm still learning but there are lots of bloggers sharing recipes at the moment, as well as books you can buy for inspiration.

I created this salad for lunch on a fast day, but I would be more than happy eating it on a regular day too as it was really filling, yet only 177 calories. As it's got the 3 ingredients in from the March Swallow's Recipe for Life challenge (beetroot, carrot and cheese) I have entered it there. You can read more about the challenge here.

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Beetroot,Carrot & Cottage Cheese Salad {5:2 Diet Recipe}- serves 1

1 carrot, grated - 92g / 32cals
Rocket - 20g / 5 cals
half a small red onion, sliced - 25g / 10 cals
few slices of red chilli (optional) - 5g / 2 cals
Juice & zest of half a lemon - 27g / 6 cals
1 small orange, peeled & sliced - 58g / 24 cals
Cooked beetroot, sliced - 60g / 23 cals
Low fat cottage cheese - 100g / 75 cals

  • Toss the carrot, rocket, chilli, and orange in the lemon juice and zest and arrange on a plate
  • Add the beetroot slices and cottage cheese
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this has been entered into the Rix November challenge


  1. I love salads on fast days. So delicious, the other great thing to have on a fast day is soup.

  2. that looks so pretty and appetising Helen x

  3. Hi, I've just blogged about trying this diet too on my cake blog and a reader recommended I take a look at your blog as she mentioned you were also on he 5:2 diet. My second fast day is tomorrow, your recipe looks great and I hope the diets going well. Tracy

  4. I've just been looking at some of your recipes & tips... I love the idea of a very light lunch & bigger dinner...I need to stock up in those squeeze & stir soups for busy days!

  5. Thanks Jenny, it was lovely x

  6. I've decided to do the 5:2 diet too, I missed the horizon doc last summer but have just read the book which is a compelling argument for it! Shall be starting next week, and your salad looks perfectly delicious for one of the meals.

  7. I missed it too, might have to seek it out on You Tube. Good luck with it, hopefully I'll post more recipes soon.

  8. Yep, this look amazing. I love the 5:2 diet, easiest diet ever. Thank you for linking up x


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