A Glorious Guide to Salads

by Molly Scott

Order an incredible salad! 

Do you ever find yourself in front of the salad bar at Westside in a panic? When asked what ingredients you want in your bowl, do you freeze up and have a wave of anxiety roll over you? Salads – such a simple concept, but the amount of variations is endless.

Since salads are a great option for a meal, an addition to a meal, or a snack, we’ve created two guides: one for ordering salads at Westside (or another supermarket), and one for buying ingredients to make your own delicious salads in your room or suite.

At Westside (and many other supermarkets), they weigh your salad and you pay by weight. It’s important to consider what ingredients weigh more, and will therefore increase the cost of your salad. Here’s a list of what ingredients weigh relatively little and what ingredients weigh a lot (and could increase the cost of your salad):

Heavier Ingredients
Lighter Ingredients 
Eggs / Eggs Whites
Cucumbers 
Avocados 
Chickpeas 
Pineapple 
Onions
Apple Slices 
Carrots 
Cheese Cubes 
Peppers 
Chicken Slices 
Tomatoes 
Beans 
Walnuts 
Strawberries 
Almonds 
Noodles 
Corn 
Potatoes 
Blueberries 
Grapes 
Cranberries 
Orange Slices 
Mushrooms 
Extra Dressing 
Quinoa 
Green Beans 
Fish 

No more confusion at Westside!

Mix it up! Order a few ingredients from both of these lists to get a really nice mixture of different types of foods in your salad. Don’t stick with just the lighter items because you’re worried about price, adding one or two heavier ingredients can really make a salad delicious.

Personally, I believe that if you’re going to have salad as a meal, you shouldn’t worry as much about the weight and price because you’re going to want heavier ingredients in the salad. For example, you want ingredients with protein (like egg whites) if you’re having your salad as lunch or dinner. If you’re having the salad just as a side, it’s smart to just choose lighter ingredients.

A quick tip about dressing: having the supermarket add dressing to your salad will also increase its weight. If you are a frequent Westside salad-eater, consider buying a bottle of your favorite dressing and storing it in your fridge to add to your salad when you get back to your dorm.

Buying The Ingredients and Making Your Own Salad 

 Type of Lettuce 
Fruits & Veggies  
 Protein 
Classic Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad: 
Spinach 
Apple Slices, Grapes 
Walnuts, Goat Cheese  
Protein Salad: 
Mixed Greens
Avocado Slices, Corn  
Kidney Beans, Walnuts, Shredded Cheese 
Fruit Salad:
Mixed Greens 
Orange Slices, Pineapple, Blueberries, Strawberries 
Almonds
Other Yummy Combos:
Spinach 
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Corn, Mushrooms 
Tofu, Chickpeas 
Romaine 
Carrots, Cucumbers, Onion, Peppers 
Egg Whites  
Mixed Greens 
Green Beans, Avocado, Cucumbers, Peppers  
Quinoa  

Molly Scott is a junior at Barnard and Senior Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of Closet Cooking and fork new york.

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