5 salad toppings you should be eating – and 5 to omit

5 salad toppings you should be eating – and 5 to omit

Trying to make healthier food choices? Before you grab that salad, consider what you’re tossing on it.

“Salads can be very good for you, but if you’re not careful, they can be quite unhealthy,” says Robert Carrara, a registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill. “You might be surprised by the number of calories in some salad dressings, and you can defeat all your good intentions by piling on crispy chicken or bacon. Instead, look for options that are tasty and healthy.”

When it comes to salads, Carrara has five suggestions for what to add and what to omit.


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  1. this would be great for those who are not histamine intolerant. What do you recommend for those who are histamine intolerant? The bell pepper,seeds and night shade along with the balsamic would be a nightmare for someone like myself.

  2. Any form of vinegar makes me choke so bad it takes my breath away. And beans in my opinion taste horrible. Any other suggestions for those 2 things.

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Kathleen Troher
Kathleen Troher

Kathleen Troher, health enews contributor, is manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Good Sheperd Hospital in Barrington. She has more than 20 years of journalism experience, with her primary focus in the newspaper and magazine industry. Kathleen graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, earning her degree in journalism with an emphasis on science writing and broadcasting. She loves to travel with her husband, Ross. They share their home with a sweet Samoyed named Maggie.