3 Ways To Build A Dialysis Friendly Salad


Are you hungry? Before you grab a bite to eat, being on dialysis means you need to be smart about your food choices to protect your health.

Knowing what to avoid is a good place to start. If you’re on dialysis, it’s important to avoid or limit sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.

So what should you eat? How about a salad. You can build a Dialysis-Friendly salad in just three easy steps, and there’s lots of fun salad ideas for diabetics out there..

Step 1: Choose a salad base

This is your main ingredient. All salad greens are low in sodium with minimal protein, just what you need when you’re on dialysis. Leafy-greens are also a good source of fiber to support digestion. And some are high in other vitamins and nutrients.

Check out these popular leafy-greens for a salad base:

  • Arugula
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Kale
  • Spinach

Step 2: Choose plant-based add-ons

Just plain leafy greens might get a little boring if you eat a lot of salad. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are lots of plant-based add-ons you can mix with your base to add flavor, texture, and nutrients to a Dialysis-Friendly salad.

Here are some tasty plant-based add-ons for your salad:

  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Zucchini
  • Red bell peppers
  • Cucumbers

Step 3: Choose your dressing

If you build a salad with a leafy-green based and plant-based add-ons, chances are pretty good it meets the criteria for a Dialysis-Friendly meal.

Here’s the thing. The wrong salad dressing could change all that. Many off-the-shelf salad dressings are high in sodium and some contain phosphate additives. Both things you need to avoid to protect your health.

So what kind of dressing goes with a Dialysis-Friendly salad?

Here are a few examples:

  • Salad dressings made with olive oil
  • Low-sodium vinaigrette salad dressings
  • You can find Dialysis-friendly dressings at the grocery store IF you read the food label.
  • Or you can make your own. Check out these Dialysis-Friendly salad dressing recipes.

There’s just three steps to building your own Dialysis-Friendly salad.

  1. Choose your base.
  2. Pick healthy add-ons.
  3. Top it off with low-sodium salad dressing

Easy, right? If you’re hungry for a little more than just a salad, check out the complete menu of Dialysis-Friendly meals made with fresh ingredients and low in sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.