A “salad” doesn’t always mean “healthy.” Often overloaded with calorie-packed dressings or fried toppings, a dish that should scream “green and healthy!” ends up screaming “greasy and heavy!”
For example, McDonald’s Ceasar salad contained 425 calories compared to 253 calories of a standard burger.
Thankfully, with a few modifications, any salad can make a healthy meal.
This infographic from Greatist shows you exactly how to do that by starting with 4 key ingredients:
- Greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc)
- Protein (chicken, tuna, steak, eggs, etc)
- Vegetables (cucumber, onion, carrots, olives, etc)
- Fruits (avocado, apples, berries, grape, etc)
- Dressings (olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, etc)
Then, if you want to, you can add bonus ingredients such as:
- Grains (whole-wheat, higher-protein sources of course, like quinoa)
- Crunch (nuts, seeds, bacon, etc)
- Extras (cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, etc)
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