Salad as a meal

@mayka123 (16582)
India
July 3, 2008 7:10am CST
I have heard of many who have just a salad as a whole meal at least once a day. How many of you have just salads as a meal? What all do you put in the salad?
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31 responses
@kingcrapper (1536)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I think it is great to replace a meal with just a salad! Just make sure that the lettuce and other ingredients are organic and don't drown with dressing! The extra calories can just kill it! It would also be best to have it to replace dinner. If one would think about calories: the time when the body burns calories up is during the day and less at night. Load up with a big breakfast in the morning, it has all day to burn off. The last meal of the day, and the one with the least amount of time to burn is dinner.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
4 Jul 08
I just do not have the time to have breakfast so its impossible having a big breakfast. Its only at dinner time that I can get the time to make something.
@cellmusic (101)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Well I occasionally might have a salad as a meal. I don't normally have a simple plain salad I kind of make it my own. Well sometimes I make fajita salad. In that I add peppers to get the spice. Chicken, crumbled up tortilla chips, beans, green leaved salad, corn, and then you can add a dressing of your choice. I prefer ranch. Also mix it all together so that the ranch is all over. Don't just pour it on top. There's many different salad's you can make.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
4 Jul 08
Thanks a lot for your response.
@SViswan (12051)
• India
12 Aug 08
I usually have salad as a whole meal when my husband is not in town. Onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, cooked chicken, green chillies, moong sprouts, boiled potato cubes, salt, pepper and lime....is one of my favourite salads. Sometimes I have a raita with grated carrots, cucumbers, onions and green chillies. The dahi shouldn't be too sour and I just love it.
@SViswan (12051)
• India
13 Aug 08
lol...I made my mouth water too!! Hope you had your salad...since I didn't have mine!
@riyasam (16556)
• India
13 Aug 08
the ingredients were not there.boo hoo.i am making one tonight.
@riyasam (16556)
• India
12 Aug 08
wow.you are making my mouth water.i am going to have salad for lunch now.
@subha12 (18441)
• India
12 Aug 08
I have never taken salad as a meal. i think mostly actresses and all do this.but it can be done. then the salad itself should serve a sa wholesome meal or rather balanced diet.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
12 Aug 08
A salad meal is good for health and I think all of us should try it once where you have just salads and fruits as a meal so the whole system gets cleaned out without any oil and spicy masalas that we Indians are very fond of.
@Magene (103)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Actresses? There's nothing whatsoever to back that comment up! I used to work in a restaurant and the amount of people who order a salad as a meal is astonishing. If you add some chicken, fish, or steak, it's actually a very well rounded meal.
@RastamanG (385)
3 Jul 08
I have never had a salad in my life, I might have one sometime though see if they are any good, i would have to put some chicken on it though :P
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@mayka123 (16582)
• India
7 Jul 08
I think you should try it sometime.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
17 Jul 08
Have you tried having a salad meal yet?
7 Jul 08
I will do as i need to loose weight anyway.
• United States
11 Jul 08
Coming from a chubby guy....salad is NOT enough for a meal. Unless you have like 6 of them.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
12 Jul 08
But sometimes you should have something light. Some of the chubbiness may go off.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
24 Aug 08
So have you done anything for the chubbiness to wear off a little?
• United States
13 Jul 08
I can't argue with you Mayka....yer absolutely right!
• India
8 Sep 08
Hi Mayka, Eating salad is not a very viable option in India. It has recently caught up with us or maybe people in the glamour industry always had salads as meals to maintain an ideal weight. But for middle-class Indians, salad is not a viable option as a meal. The main cause of this is the unavailability of various food which you can eat as salad or even if these are available now at supermarkets, its quite expensive and way beyond our regular means. Not many of us can afford to eat expensive cheese or bacon or zucchini or imported veggies and fruits every day. The locally available and affordable options for us are only tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces…even the salad dressings with olive oil base are quite expensive. So salad as a meal is not an option for me. But I eat fruit salad which is a mixture of local and seasonal fruits available readily with my corner fruitseller.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
8 Sep 08
During my trip to Goa last year for seven days I would have one meal only of salads and fruits and one heavy meal. That also gave me the chance of having all the locally available vegetables and fruits. If I go for a party here then I try to have one meal of fruits and salads so that I dont end up eating too heavy a meal both times.
@mimpi1911 (25464)
• India
12 Aug 08
Well I do not have salads as the only course in the whole meal but it has to be there in every meals. I just love it, except the creamy, mayonnaise ones which gets very heavy. I like fruit salad as well and sometimes take it as dessert. Thanks.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
26 Aug 08
Thanks a lot for your response. Sorry for the delay in acknowledging but as you know was not myself this past fornight and have now to catch up on all my discussions.
@James72 (26790)
• Australia
6 Sep 08
Sometimes my wife and I will have salad only for lunch. We put in lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber and sometimes tuna or cheese as well. There is also a dark green leafy vegetable which is a little like the taste of cress that we put in it as well but I am not sure what the English name is for it? It is a healthy and light way to fill up sometimes but it does get boring if you eat it every day. Sometimes my wife makes a chicken and pasta salad too and this is pretty tasty!
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
9 Sep 08
I have never tried a pasta salad. Could you tell me how to make it?
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 08
Hmmmm who are those guys and gals welll i have salad WITH the meal but not as a meal i am bad in dieting. i make sure i eat three times a day LOL Take care
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
4 Jul 08
I too have salad with a meal but now want to start it as a meal. Thanks for your response and happy posting.
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 08
u r right, i take it as starter as well take care tooo
@hellcowboy (7374)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I do not know if I could eat salad as a meal every day but there has been a few occasions where me and my fiance have shared a salad for a meal because we were not really hungry and salad is good for us,I like salad with lettuce and cucumbers but that is about it,and it always has to have a ton of ranch dressing or it is not any good,and my fiance also likes ranch dressing on her salad.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
10 Sep 08
I try to avoid dressings which are bad for my waist!! I usually have the salads without any dressing.
@metschica25 (5399)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Hi Hi Sometimes we all will just have a salad for dinner . We do this maybe 3 times a month and a few times a week we have salad as a side . When the salad is a meal there is a bit more to it. Like a chicken salad will have galric bread, cheese, chicken , french fries and veggies . Same with the steak Salad . Then sometimes we have a sweet salad with nuts and feta cheese .
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
25 Aug 08
How do you make the sweet salad? Can you give me the recipe pls...
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
10 Jul 08
My husband loves when I make Caesar salad with blackened chicken. I add some goodies to the salad and then with the chicken it really is a complete, satisfying meal.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
11 Jul 08
Can you give me an idea of the goodies that you can add to the chicken?
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Oh, I will add just about anything. Cucumbers, onion, raw broccoli and radish. My husband loves crunchy things in his salad.
@Magene (103)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I could eat caesar salads for breakfast lunch and dinner. Romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, croutons, and sometimes grated cheese. Mmm. Caesar dressing is made from anchovies. I have never tried anchovies but I bet I'd love them. :)
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
26 Aug 08
Thanks a lot for your response. Happy posting.
@riyasam (16556)
• India
12 Aug 08
well,i never had salad as a whole meal but i do have salads regularly.since my in-laws are aging and have health problems(we stay with our in-laws).i just put slices of cucumber and tomatoes with a pinch of salt or curd.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
12 Aug 08
Most Indians add a salad to their meal especially when there is a festive occasion or some guests. Try having just a salad for a meal once and you can add in whatever raw stuff you like. And then let me know if you liked it.
• Australia
6 Aug 08
I very rarely eat a salad as a meal but when I do I create it with cheese, sunflower seeds,beats,meat's egg,onion,lettuce,beans and whatever else I have close by to through in.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
7 Aug 08
Thanks a lot for your response and happy posting.
@applefreak (3130)
• Singapore
12 Jul 08
well i have not tried having a salad as a whole meal. but a salad to start a meal is good for me. i don't take too much greens so the salad helps in that way. lettuce is a must for my salad, though anything else is optional. i like sour dressing for my salads. either vinegarette or japanese sesame dressing is a great way to have my salads. some days i like to have eggs in my salad too.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
14 Jul 08
I have started having salads as a meal for lunch on the days when I am at home and am enjoying it.
@ryzach (1544)
• United States
22 Jul 08
There are a few of salads I will have a meal on occassion. Chicken Caesar salad, Taco salad, Shrimp salad( this is one of my favorites.), and this one salad I cannot remember the name of at this restaurant which has chicken, lettuce(various types) mandarin oranges , walnuts(candied it think) with a raspberry type of balsamic vinegar dressing. I always like to try new salads, I think they are so refreshing. The shrimp salad mentioned above is very simple to make, very few calories and delicious. It is just cooked shrimp, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes(chopped), lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix the shrimp, lettuce and tomatoes, add the lemon juice to taste and spice up with salt and pepper and mix. Let sit for a while so the lemon gives it flavor and ready to eat.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
23 Jul 08
Yous shrimp salad sounds good. Should try it sometime. Hope the others at home also enjoy it so I can then make it more often. Thanks a lot and happy posting.
• India
23 Jul 08
Hi I love salads but never had salad as a full meal. I always have salad along with other food.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
31 Jul 08
Try once having salad as a full meal. You may enjoy it.
@nini89 (670)
• India
21 Jul 08
I also heard about this that some people have only had salads as a meal. I dont have whole meal as a salad,but for meal we used to have salads. we have carrot, beetroot, khakhdi,tomato,onion. having salad is good for health becoz it keeps our body cool.
@mayka123 (16582)
• India
22 Jul 08
A whole salad and fruit meal once a week or once a fortnight is very good for health. Try it sometimes.