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    Salads - yuck!

    I'm trying to eat healthier and get more vegetables in my diet. To this for this reason, last night I had my first salad ever. It was pretty miserable! The lettuce really got my gag reflexes going - I think this is just mental conditioning from my I-hate-salads-even-though-I-never-tried-one childhood. Maybe that will pass in time, I had a similar but less intense reaction to bananas - which I can now eat just fine.

    The other thing that I really didn't like what the salad dressing on my tongue. It was an Asiago Peppercorn dressing, which I used lightly. I think it would be fine on a sandwich, etc, but I just don't like it directly on my tongue. So I tried making a wrap out of my salad using a sun dried tomato wrap - this seemed somewhat better, but I still had to deal with the lettuce. I think I will just need to shred the lettuce, as it's not the flavor that bothers me but rather the texture of chewing on those big chunks.

    I am going to continue experimenting with salads, as I'm sure sooner or later I will get over my mental conditioning and find something I like. I used to work at a coffee shop/cafe where we made a lot of salads that looked pretty good, so I'm going to recreate some of them. I think next will be our "Berry Good" salad - spinach with a raspberry vinaigrette, and various berries. That one always looked good, but I never could force myself to try it. I'm hoping I will be able to tolerate the spinach better than the iceberg/romanie mix I had last night!

    Anybody have any suggestions? Particularly on toning down the dressing?

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    you'll probably have to experiment with what types of dressing you like/ dislike. i personally like making salads with 1/2 pasta 1/2 lettuce base. then if you add some meat or some form of protein its a complete meal.

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    What sort of lettuce did you use? I hate traditional iceberg lettuce. Luckily there are many additional varieties to chose from: red leaf, green leaf, romaine, butter, etc. I'm a big fan of using butter lettuce or baby spinach as the primary leafy vegetable in salads. BTW, when you say "mix" that makes me think of salad in a bag. Those are okay in a pinch, but I much prefer fresh, crisp vegetables that I've selected myself; there's nothing worse than slightly limp lettuce in my book.

    FYI, there's no rule that says you have to use lettuce! Lettuce actually has very little nutritional content; it's mostly just there to fill your stomach. So, if you want to eat a bowl of carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, radishes, etc. with (or without) salad dressing on top, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that!

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    Salads are good if you realize that can be made out of anything. Such as: mix baby spinach, mushrooms, crumbled up bacon (1-2 slices), crumbled up cheese (bleu, cheddar, asiago, whatever) and toss with lemon viniagrette (lemon juice and olive oil). Throw in shredded carrots, tomatoes, peppers, walnuts, etc. The bacon and mushrooms make it taste meaty and all the rest make it healthy.
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    There's nothing that says you have to have your veggies in a salad. You could get a package of raw baby carrots or slice up a cucumber. I'm not fond of lettuce, so I am always chopping up veggies I like and putting them into baggies to carry around for snacks.

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    Caesar salad, in my opinion, is worlds better than any other type of salad (besides fruit salad :-)

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    Olive Garden salad w/ shredded mozzarella cheese, giant black olives, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, and a warm bread stick. Add a vegetable soup, and mmm mmmm mmmmmmm. Oops, just drooled on the keyboard.

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    I hate lettuce, and actually most salad type veggies, so my idea of a 'salad' is normally a bunch of carrots, celery, peppers, onions, and pea pods. funnily enough, this mixture is not only good raw, but also a great base for stir fry if you add some ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sprouts. A quick couple minutes in the wok will give you 'still crunchy' veg with some nice flavor.

    I do not do dressing-just can't seem to stomach it. I have a very picky palate. I continue to try foods that I know I do not like, with the same results.

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    You are just not making it right . I was shown a correct salad by a small girl (she was just barely big enough to get it herself) at the salad bar at ponderosa. two spoons of ham chunks one spoon of bacon bits two spoons of crumbled boiled egg one of shredded cheese crutons and a touch of blue cheese dressing
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    "Salads are great". Just keep trying new dressings and toppings until it hits the spot.

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    Buts dont put to much crap on your salads, because that will just defeat the purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plumberroy View Post
    You are just not making it right . I was shown a correct salad by a small girl (she was just barely big enough to get it herself) at the salad bar at ponderosa. two spoons of ham chunks one spoon of bacon bits two spoons of crumbled boiled egg one of shredded cheese crutons and a touch of blue cheese dressing
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    Yeah, amazing how people try to say they're going healthy, then dump a bunch of sugar dressing on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeZero View Post
    Yeah, amazing how people try to say they're going healthy, then dump a bunch of sugar dressing on top.
    I would never do that. I'm strictly a sugar-free salami, mozzarella cubes, and blue cheese dressing guy.
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    Do what you can to learn to love spinach. It's one of the best foods for you . Avoid iceberg lettuce, it's mostly just water, not too many nutrients in there.

    Also be careful with the meats, dressings etc if you're watching calories, they add up faster than you think. A Cesar salad will usually have as many calories as a Big Mac for instance (healthier for you, but still pretty bad).

    If you really just don't like salads, just eat more vegetables.

    You can blend up green leafy vegetables and fruit in a blender, it makes a pretty good smoothie. It's a tasty way to get fruits and vegetables.

    Here's a bunch of info on Green Smoothies:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=green+smoothies

    Here's a book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Green-Life-Vic.../dp/0970481969

    You'll be amazed how much better you feel in just a couple of weeks if you can pick up the exercise a little and increase your vegetable intake.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mesasone View Post
    I'm trying to eat healthier and get more vegetables in my diet. To this for this reason, last night I had my first salad ever. It was pretty miserable! The lettuce really got my gag reflexes going - I think this is just mental conditioning from my I-hate-salads-even-though-I-never-tried-one childhood. Maybe that will pass in time, I had a similar but less intense reaction to bananas - which I can now eat just fine.

    The other thing that I really didn't like what the salad dressing on my tongue. It was an Asiago Peppercorn dressing, which I used lightly. I think it would be fine on a sandwich, etc, but I just don't like it directly on my tongue. So I tried making a wrap out of my salad using a sun dried tomato wrap - this seemed somewhat better, but I still had to deal with the lettuce. I think I will just need to shred the lettuce, as it's not the flavor that bothers me but rather the texture of chewing on those big chunks.

    I am going to continue experimenting with salads, as I'm sure sooner or later I will get over my mental conditioning and find something I like. I used to work at a coffee shop/cafe where we made a lot of salads that looked pretty good, so I'm going to recreate some of them. I think next will be our "Berry Good" salad - spinach with a raspberry vinaigrette, and various berries. That one always looked good, but I never could force myself to try it. I'm hoping I will be able to tolerate the spinach better than the iceberg/romanie mix I had last night!

    Anybody have any suggestions? Particularly on toning down the dressing?
    There are literally hundreds of different varieties of lettuce, and dozens of dressings, most will not work for you, you can also add other things, carrots, radishes, mushroom, bacon bits, ham, cheese. sunflower seeds, croûtons, etc, For example my wife loves French dressing, I think it tastes like dog puke, I like Thousand Island, she thinks it smells like dog puke, so we keep a bottle of each..... Actually had salad for dinner, nice bed of romaine lettuce, with home made dressing and steak on top.,...

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    on a more serious than my above post note. I grow a greens mix that has some where around 15 different lettuce types in it plus spinich and swiss chard Plus I usually grow swiss chard by itself ,this year my chard didn't come up good ,with chard the leaves make a good salad and when the stems get big we steam them and add butter and salt and pepper , A garden has two main benifits for me working in my garden keeps my sanity intact, plus gives me vegetables for a good diet I am now getting lettuce,grape tomatoes, onions, kolirabi (sp?) broccoli ,squash and peas . plus I give tons of stuff away helping some one else is always good
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    never had a salad ??????? Are you my son?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    never had a salad ??????? Are you my son?
    When I was a kid, you couldn't get me to eat a salad if my life depended on it! I'm sure it's common for many kids, but I never grew out of it.

    I'm going to keep at it, hopefully I'll find something I like. However, I don't like a lot of the stuff you guys have suggested so far! I'm very much a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

    Also on the list for this month: conquering carrots!

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    Spinach, rocket and watercress makes for an excellent and tasty salad combination. I'm also a big fan of raw sugar snap peas (in their pods).

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    I know what you mean about meat and potoatoes. That would be me as well. I eat more salad now. Go to the Chef salad, it's a good carrier for the half pound of ham, turkey, and hard boiled eggs.

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    Goldfish are awesome on salads........*oh wait* NM.

    Spinach lettuce for me, actually. Ill put walnuts and a raspberry type dressing on there with some mushrooms and some crumbled cheese and bacon, snaps if I have them (though those make a great snack food on their own). Pretty good, not horrible for you, and the combination makes it good for most any time.
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    I wont/cant eat em.....its a very odd allergy..some things like lettuce and onions have there own type of acid in them that im extremely allergic too..i mean like a bad peanut type can kill you with a cuple bites deal. So ive only had lettuce once...and it was a bad deal. I have to find my way around this hurdle too. I can only eat a few veggies that ive found that i dont react to..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mesasone View Post
    When I was a kid, you couldn't get me to eat a salad if my life depended on it! I'm sure it's common for many kids, but I never grew out of it.

    I'm going to keep at it, hopefully I'll find something I like. However, I don't like a lot of the stuff you guys have suggested so far! I'm very much a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

    Also on the list for this month: conquering carrots!
    In my near 400 pound days, someone once joked that if I were handed a vegetable, I wouldn't know what it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeZero View Post
    Yeah, amazing how people try to say they're going healthy, then dump a bunch of sugar dressing on top.
    I once dared someone to eat a salad with jellybeans. She did. Ah, the good old days when women followed my instructions.

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