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5:2 Diet - Potato and Beetroot Salad with Mozzarella = 300 calories

I love a good salad and this is yet another Charlotte potato salad, but this time one suitable for fast days.

I wasn't sure this one would be suitable when I made it. I mean come on, it has potatoes, cheese and dressing.

Surely not?

But it is!

It comes in at only 300 calories per portion.

Salad calorie breakdown

Calories in the salad:

500g Charlotte Potatoes = 380 calories
20 baby plum tomatoes = 36 calories
1 ball of light mozzarella = 275 calories
20 pickled baby beets = 120 calories
½ courgette = 9 calories

Calories in the dressing:

3 tbsp olive oil = 360 calories
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar = 20 calories

Total calories

1200 calories

Calories per serving (4 servings)

300 calories

5:2 DIET

If you haven't heard of the 5:2 Diet or Fast Diet, as it is sometimes called, check out my posts explaining it on the right hand panel, along with a selection of delicious 5:2 diet recipes.

It's a simple diet where you restrict your calories twice a week. Under 600 calories for a man and under 500 calories for a woman. The rest of the week you can eat normally.


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Potato and Beetroot Salad with Mozzarella
This tasty and satisfying salad is perfect for the 5:2 diet. Only 300 calories per serving and you even get a drizzle of salad dressing.
  • 500g charlotte potatoes, halved and cooked until tender
  • 20 baby plum tomatoes
  • 1 ball light mozzarella, torn roughly
  • 20 baby beets in vinegar
  • ½ courgette, grated
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful fresh dill, chopped
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Before assembling your salad, pat the beetroot dry on kitchen paper, or your salad with turn pink. Divide the potatoes, mozzarella, tomatoes, courgette and beetroot between 4 plates, then make your dressing. 2. To make your dressing, simply whizz up the oil, vinegar and herbs together and season with black pepper. You can also do this with a fork or whisk, but I have a mini food processor that is perfect for these small jobs.3. Dress the salad and serve. You may season with salt if you think it needs it.4. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Serves 4

My favourite 5:2 Diet recipes

  1. Moroccan Style Potato Bake (233 calories) - Tinned Tomatoes
  2. Breakfast Omelette (170 calories) - Lavender and Lovage
  3. Fridge Salad (230 calories) - Tinned Tomatoes
  4. Swamp Juice (115 calories) - Tinned  Tomatoes
  5. Carrot, Cumin, leek and Lime Soup (108 calories) - Feeding Boys and a Firefighter
  6. Coconut Fruit Salad (174 calories) - Tinned Tomatoes
  7. Pesto Pasta with Parmesan - (310 calories) - Lavender and Lovage
  8. Vegetable and Lentil Stew - (242 calories) - Tinned Tomatoes
  9. Cauliflower and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup - (70 calories) - London Unattached
  10. Blueberry Oat Pancakes with Cinnamon - (170 calories) - Lavender and Lovage
  11. Roast Tomato and Garlic Soup - (70 calories) - Lavender and Lovage
  12. Vegetable Curry - (300 calories) - London Unattached
  13. Celery and Spinach Soup - London Unattached
  14. Fig, Beetroot and Feta Salad - (204 calories) - Tinned Tomatoes
  15. Simple Tomato Sauce - (63 calories) - Tinned Tomatoes
  16. Vegetable Stir Fry - (241 calories) - London Unattached


  1. One of the best things I've found for these fast/calorie specific meals is using my scale for exact counts, and using Emmental or mozzarella for my cheese. Even a good feta is lighter in calories, and has a lot of flavor.

    I remain surprised at the potatoes as well! I guess they in themselves are not as high-cal as what we put on them!

    1. I know Tanita, that must be it. Bloomin' good though!

  2. FABULOUS recipe and FABULOUS post and collage Jac! A HUGE thanks for adding some of my recipes! I created a new one today that I am sure you will love, a vegetarian Minted Pea and Vegetable Fritatta! On the blog soon.......I LOVE how you added the text to the photo, I would love to do that with some of my recipes, maybe you can teach me how! :-) Your photos are also STUNNING! Karen xxxx

    1. Aww thanks Karen and of course I will show you. Glad to have included your yummy recipes :)

  3. Thanks for the mention Jac and I love the salad

  4. This salad sounds wonderful, not like diet food at all!

    1. I know, that's one of the reasons I love it so much :)

  5. Gorgeous recipe, very rustic and filling I imagine. Lovely round up as well!

  6. It's very hard to believe this is 300 calories! I'd love to take this with me for lunch to work. So full of colour and flavour.

    1. I nearly took it too lunch, but got to work and realised I had left it on the counter. I was really disappointed. Ended up having crispbreads instead.

  7. great salad - just shows that potatoes aren't the monsters they are sometimes made out to be and beautiful round up of the 5.2 recipes

  8. ...Plus it looks delicious! I think that's the main thing that struck me!

  9. I am loving the recipes and reading with intrigue about the 5:2 diet. How are you finding it? I have tried various diets to shift the post baby weight and after 2 1/2 years I'm still struggling. Kathryn

    1. It is hard Kathryn. I am trying to do the same. I've not lost anything the last two weeks, but I have lost 12lbs altogether, so I am pleased.


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