I add fresh cilantro and basil to my green salads for a different taste. I find that the same salad over and over can become boring… Depending on how much of each is added you don’t really need much dressing at all if any due to the strong flavors in herbs.
I weigh my pasta dry and count the noodles to know my portion size. Once counted, I then add them to the pot with the rest of the noodles I am making for dinner. When I am ready to dish up, I count out the same number of noodles to make sure I have the correct portion size.