A poll of 2,000 adults looked at the state of salad and revealed iceberg win as the best salad base for 31% of the people, while kale is the top choice for less than a quarter now.
The average person eats four salads every week, and 62% said the dish is part of their regular diet. While it’s a common meal, there are a lot of factors that go into creating the ideal salad.
The study discovered that almost half believe there’s such a thing as the “ultimate salad” and what it should include.
According to respondents, the ultimate salad should be chopped, tossed with dressing presented as a side dish, and needs to be “loaded” with toppings, such as fruit and roasted vegetables.
Starting with the salad base: the ultimate salad should use iceberg lettuce, spinach or romaine as the foundation.
Next, it needs to include a crunchy topping like croutons, walnuts or almonds, along with a savoury topping like eggs, seeds or cheddar cheese.
Then, it needs fruit or veggie toppings like tomatoes, cucumber or carrots, and should be completed with the perfect dressing: balsamic vinaigrette, blue cheese or ranch.
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Respondents said salads need to have an average of three toppings, with 69% stating no salad is complete without toppings. Likewise, 65% can’t have a salad without dressing included.
The primary reasons people eat salads are to get all their veggie servings in one meal, it’s a healthy option and convenient to make.
Nearly a third said salads are the perfect lunchtime meal for them.