5 common salad mistakes that everyone makes

Salads can be a great way to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables however they aren’t always as straightforward as

Salads can be a great way to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables however they aren’t always as straightforward as putting it all in a bowl with salad dressing on top.

In fact there may be some mistakes you’re making that are rendering the nutrients in your salads useless.

Here’s how to get the benefits of your salad every time:

Mistake #1: Too much dressing

Salad dressing is so delicious but there’s no secret the store bought stuff is loaded with sugar and is doing your healthy diet no favours.

If you must put dressing on your salad, try a squeeze of lemon, balsamic or white vinegar, or olive oil.

Mistake #2: You’re not using herbs

When most people think salad, they think vegetables. But herbs, like coriander, chives, basil, dill, and parsley, for example, are amazing in salad and add flavour – you won’t hardly need dressing! So remember: herbs aren’t always for garnish.

Mistake #3: It’s just vegetables

Eating plain greens might seem like a nutritious meal but if you’re going to commit to a salad, you may as well make it worthwhile. Next time you make a salad think of the golden combination: protein, starch, vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Protein for your salad can be chicken, eggs or even nuts!

Mistake #4: It’s unhealthy

Chucking the cupboard into your salad might look pretty but chances are it isn’t going to be healthy. If you’ve got greens but then stacked cranberries, avocado, meat, eggs and cheese on top, you could be going over 1000 calories. Adding 11 fatty or high calorie extras isn’t making your salad any healthier, even if it is technically a salad. Instead, try two full fat options such as avocado and some feta.

Mistake #5: You forgot the starch

Without any starch in a salad, you may wind up burning the protein you’ve added for fuel, which prevents the protein from being absorbed properly. To strike a healthy balance, include a small amount of starch, whether it’s quinoa, corn or potato.


Tell us, what do you love having in your salad?


  1. Since having cancer I cannot eat salads anymore they are like a time bomb waiting to explode. But when I did I kept them simple and always made my own simple dressings.

    • My body cannot tolerate uncooked foods if I eat high fiber food or uncooked vegetables I’m in for a week of pain and over productivity ( if you get my gist). I had a rare cancer and the treatment was chemo and very intense radiation. I have been radiated from my waist down affecting all those organs. I am one of the very lucky person who hasn’t lost there bowel as a result of this treatment. But on saying that I’ve done a lot of research and keeping a food journal to find out what food works for me and what doesn’t. I refuse to allow my end results to dictate my life and I will not allow incontinance to be part of who I am. Diet is the only way I can control my over production. So my once very healthy diet of raw meatless wholesome vegetarian diet is gone. I can only eat very high carb foods eg white bread white pasta cooked veggies little fruit ( again these are restricted no berries and so on) no nuts or grains. No spices no acid food this is my diet now. People think oh my god how can you be so thin and eat what I once though as rubbish food but my body handles it. I live a very normal life otherwise and I’m actually healthier than I was before which is weird

  2. I always use white vinegar and olive oil with a sprinkle of oregano to my salad, lovely.

  3. I love cold roasted veggies on top of my salad greens, with small amount of feta and wall nuts, then a drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Yum

    • I think that is a good idea as many only like a small amount of dressing while others have to have everything swimming in it

    • Not to fond of it over dressed plus if you dress it to early it spoiled and goes soggy. I’m with you lassies.

  4. I’ve loved cats all my life ,and opened hundreds of cans of fishy cat food ,so unfortunely I cannot open a can of tuna or salmon for myself Michelle. Wish I could.

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