7 Unhealthy Salads to Avoid ...

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If you’re on a diet, you probably think you’re doing your body a favor by eating your greens, but did you know that some of these unhealthy salads are so fat-packed and calorie-laden, you might as well be eating a cheeseburger, or worse, a cheeseburger with bacon?

Rather than naming specific salads at particular restaurants, I thought it would be more helpful to help you identify unhealthy salads by their tell-tale ingredients.

Here are the unhealthiest ingredients that will ruin your perfectly healthy salad.

Put down your fork, and let’s take a closer look at your salad!

1. Meat That’s Battered or Fried

It’s an excellent idea to add lean protein to your salad, turning it from a side dish to a full-fledged meal.

But adding battered and fried chicken or fish can turn your diet-friendly plate of greens into one of the worst unhealthy salads, one that contains more calories and more fat than a Whopper.

No lie.

If your salad contains anything battered and/or fried, either order it without, or avoid it altogether.

2. Fattening Dressing or Mayo

There’s another wicked way your salad can go from nutrient-packed but low-cal to downright unhealthy — the dressing or mayo on it or in it.

Bleu cheese and ranch dressings are the biggest calorie and fat offenders on the salad dressing list.

And if your otherwise healthy tuna salad is mucky with mayo, you might want to pass on that, too.

3. Loads of Cheese Crumbles

This makes me want to cry a little — cheese is another salad topping that can add unnecessary calories, most of them from fat.

But there is a solution.

Just swap the full-fat cheese with a low-fat (2% or skim milk) alternative.

Take it from me, a confessed cheeseaholic — 2% milk cheddar is just as tasty as its full-fat counterpart when shredded on a salad.

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