#1 Sinful Salads - An Introduction
Let's play a little "word association" game. OK, if I say the word "salad," say the first thing that comes to mind. Here are some words that I thought of: healthy, lightweight, green. Whenever I think of salads, I think of a big bowl of spinach, raw, crunchy vegetables, no croutons and little to no dressing (if we had dressing, it was an olive oil/vinegar mixture). This is what I grew up with – my parents are very health-conscious, and I credit them for me liking raw vegetables. However, the salads on this list are not what any rational person would call healthy, not by any means. Whether it's the iceberg lettuce (a plant that is really just water and cellulose), the creamy dressings, the aforementioned croutons and other artery-clogging condiments, these salads are actually very bad for you. There are two components to these unhealthy salads, both of equal weight and value: the ingredients and the portion size. Normally, a salad is a relatively healthy affair, served up in a small bowl. Today, it's made with ingredients that would make any registered dietician drop dead with shock, and the size of the salad is as big as the bowl it was prepared in.