If you routinely order a salad when you're eating out, you may want to take a closer look at what you're ordering. In a review of several national chains, the American Institute for Cancer Research found many salads can sabotage weight-loss efforts by packing in calories, fat and sodium that are well above the recommended amount for one meal.
Choosing salads when dining out is a good idea in principle. Salads can provide lots of cancer-fighting vegetables that fill you up without overdoing the calories. But some calorie=laden restaurant salads exceed the daily limits for calories, fat and salt.
Keep your salads lean by limiting salad dressing to one or two tablespoons. A salad with 400-500 calories is fine if that's your entire meal. Keep the protein lean on a meal-salad by including turkey, fish, hard boiled egg or garbanzo beans.
(Revised from article in Mature Living)