Came across an article that listed some of the most pointless salad ingredients. Salads are supposed to be healthy – usually raw vegetables full of vitamins and minerals, but then we add all kinds of things to make it unhealthy – or questionable at the very least. I don’t completely agree with everything on the list, but check it out and think of any that you would add to the list.

  • Iceberg Lettuce

    Iceberg lettuce. Not much nutritional value there. Go with green or red leaf lettuce, or spinach. It’ll give you more vitamin C and potassium.

    (joana hard@flickr)
  • Creamy Dressing

    Fat-filled salad dressing looks great, tastes great, but way too many calories and fat. Even fat-free isn’t a good option either because of the sodium. The recommendation is to go with a mix of virgin olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice.

    (Chee Muar@flickr)
  • Bacon Bits

    One thing I think almost everybody will say isn’t quite what the salad gods had in mind is bacon or bacon bits. Way too much sodium and fat. The suggestion is if you like the salt and the crunchiness go with sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

    (abakedcreation@flickr)
  • Breaded Fried Chicken Strips

    If you’re looking for protein – go with skinless chicken and you’ll save on the fat and calories.

    manu flickr2010
  • Cheese

    Cheddar, mozzarella, American, provolone – doesn’t matter to me – I love cheese in salad – but with all its calories, saturated fat and cholesterol it really defeats the purpose of a salad.

    Muy Yum@flickr
  • Croutons

    Who doesn’t like croutons? But a bad choice. A half cup of croutons can add 100 calories to your salad. Go with slivered almonds or walnuts instead.

    (Getty)