Food Comparison

August 2009 Issue

Fresh from the Garden: EN’s Restaurant Entrée Salad Guide

You’re eating healthier, feeling good and now a friend wants to meet you for lunch. No problem, you’ll just order a salad, right? Well, it may not be quite that easy. While a salad can be a great choice, ordering just any salad off the menu isn’t necessarily the best choice for your health or waistline. A simple garden salad can form a healthy blank canvas on which to create a nutritious meal. However, many restaurants go so overboard with their toppings and additions you end up with a dish that’s the nutritional equivalent of a deluxe fast food burger on top of a few lettuce leaves. A well-built entrée salad provides a variety of nutrients—fiber for digestive and heart health, protein to fill you up, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals. The key is making sure your greens are topped with the right ingredients.

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