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7 Things Your Salad Says about You

What You Can Learn from Your Lettuce

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Many people choose to eat salads because they’re healthy, filling and simple to make. But there’s more to salad selection than what meets the eye; if you think about it, you can tell a lot about a person by the type of salad they choose! That’s right—your lunch can actually say a lot about you and your personality. What does your salad say about you?

You Eat the Same Salad Every Day
Can you pack your salad with your eyes closed? Have you eaten the exact same lunchtime salad every day for the past year (or more)? Then you probably love keeping a routine and are pretty resistant to change unless something drastically better comes along. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? But you never know what you're missing out on if you don't try new things! Start small by adding in one or two new ingredients at a time. You might discover a new favorite!

You Experiment with Exotic Ingredients
If you like to top your salad with avocado slices, pomegranate, quinoa, or goji berries, you’re probably really up on health trends—and you love to try new things. That sense of adventure will get you far in life!

You Eat a Small Salad at the Start of Your Meal
If you eat a salad to kick off your meal (vs. eating it as a main course), you’re most likely not a huge veggie lover, but you're a mindful eater. You probably know that eating a salad before a main meal will help you eat fewer calories in the long run to help you manage your weight. Way to go! Every once in awhile, try having a salad as your meal; you might be surprised at how much you like it.

You Prefer the "Classics" 
Do you prefer Caesar salads or house salads as opposed to the fancier "gourmet" options? You’re probably a no-frills kind of person who's easy to please. You’re perfectly fine with the basics and don’t need a lot of fancy things to make you happy. As long as you're getting your greens, keep on keepin' on--but try to step outside your comfort zone every so often.

You're a Fan of Fruit
If you toss fruit in your salads, it means that you’re likely an opportunist. You always try to pack in as much produce as you possibly can in one sitting. Way to be efficient!

You Use a Lot of Dressing
If you tend to drown your leaves in dressing, it probably means you're not the biggest fan of the taste of raw veggies, but are trying hard to eat them, anyway. Good for you! Here's a tip: Cut back on the dressing by dipping your fork in it, instead of pouring the dressing on top of your salad. You'll save on calories and fat while still getting plenty of flavor!

You Use Tons of Toppings
If your salad has enough toppings to make it rival Mount Everest, you probably tend to be indecisive. Big decisions stress you out and you might hate choosing between many options—or you just love experiencing multiple contrasting flavors and textures with your greens. Nothing wrong with that; just make sure to track your food to make sure you're not turning your salad into a calorie bomb!
 
Take a good look at your salad the next time you're chowing down. You might learn something about yourself! 

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Member Comments

  • Where'd they come up with the notion that if you eat your salad first, before a meal, you're not a veggie lover??
  • I love a good salad!
  • I'm not really a salad person. Everyone expects me to love them because I love veggies. I used to have basically 'ranch soup' as a kid and teenager. Now I measure my dressing and keep it pretty light, and have them every now and again, depending on where I am and what other options are available. But, most restaurants, they have more calories than a surf and turf, so might as well get my protein in. If I have them, I make them at home and the ingredients can be pretty random.
  • Love a good salad!
  • I just love salads and I add whatever fresh produce I can get that week to my salads. Can't wait for summer so that I can get a larger variety of fresh produce. I will add beans to my salads as well. I don't add lots of dressing to my salad and if we go out somewhere I ask that the dressing be put on the side so that they aren't drowning my salad with dressing.
  • Really glad to see several other women commenting here say they love salads, too. That is so great.

    I buy organic veggies, including "OLIVIA'S" brand of salad greens! We've also bought some organic SEEDS, to start growing our own.

  • Classic salads. Yes! That's me! I'm cool with lots of regular, dark, leafy greens. I add bean sprouts and such, for variety, and for extra vitamins & minerals. I ADORE classic salad choices. BIG salads, with olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
  • Once in awhile I will have craving for salad. Salad could be very unhealthy, especially with lots of fat dressing. Then there was the constant news about filthy lettuce or raw vegetables. Washing alone would not get rid of the pesticides or human waste. So I preferred to eat steamed kale, collard, mustard green, or spinach which I could eat without dressing or oil. I was not sure that most people ate a healthy salad based on what they put onto it.
  • I do like to try new stuff on my salad. I recently used mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise on a chicken salad sandwich!!! Really liked it, will do it again!
  • ... this clearly isn't a "serious" article, lol! :) I got a good chuckle reading it...

    I have the same salad every day because I don't like cooking or meal prep, and I can do what I have very quickly.

    I like trying new--as long as I don't have to prepare it! ;)
  • I generally eat a small salad with no frills before lunch and dinner. However, I like a salad as a meal and like to try new things! Almost all of these could be me on any given day! so, not thinking my salad choices say too much about me. Must be the Gemini in me! Interesting article. My neighbor says she is having a salad for lunch and then buries the minimal greens in ham, cheese and dressing! I just laugh!
  • I love salads. Right now for lunch I'm having Romaine lettuce, broccoli, grape tomatoes and avocado salad. :) Avocado/cilantro dressing. delicious! I love experimenting with various toppings. I really love red peppers on my salads, wish I had some now. :) Not a fan of too much dressing or cheese/bacon bits. If I feel I need to add protein to it, I like grilled chicken or tuna or shrimp.
  • CEVIZAGACE
    I'm an experimenter. I use what's in my little garden (sometimes flowers as well) and what's on offer in the grocery store, adding some seeds, quinoa or bulgur, and a sprinkle of olive oil and lemon juice
  • Where's the NO Dressing category? I like my salads naked!
  • EVIE4NOW
    My current favorite is romaine lettuce with fruit on top. I use strawberries, blueberries, cherry cranraisins, glazed walnuts, mandarin oranges and feta cheese. I top it with raspberry vinaigrette. So yummy!

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Melinda Hershey Melinda Hershey
Melinda has a bachelorís degree in health promotion and education and is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer. Before working as an editor for SparkPeople, she developed and taught health programs for several non-profit organizations. She enjoys writing, interval training, yoga, and cooking with friends.