Making salads palatable, and recommendations for strong-flavored healthy food?
February 28, 2005 2:24 PM Subscribe
How can I make salads more palatable? And any recommendations for healthy food with strong flavors?
posted by WCityMike to health & fitness (56 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
My diet is very often fast food, very often centering more heavily on meat than on vegetables. I'd like to change that, but I've usually looked at vegetables with all the enthusiasm of a neoconservative at a Village People concert.
As I think over the problem, I suppose a few questions come to mind.
Could anyone describe the taste of their favorite vegetables? I'm a fan of strong flavor, but there are certain flavors I don't like, and I'm not a fan of vegetables that are tasteless (i.e. celery), although I can deal with them. I'd also be interested in similar descriptions for dressings, particularly low-calorie dressings. (Adding heavy creamy dressings, which I find yucky anyway, would vastly increase the calorie count anyway.)
Does your local fast food chain produce a good salad? If so, what chain, and what do they sell?
What do you like to add to a salad to make it good for you?
And, to open it up to the non-salad people, do you like any particular widely available foods that are low-fat or healthy? (Example of what I'm looking for: "Yes, popsicles are great because they have a strong flavor but are usually very low-calorie when compared to ice cream." Multiple brand names available, locatable in almost any store. Example of what I'm not looking for: "Yes, Farfenugen Chocolate-Flavored Soy-Curdled Yak Milk, if frozen for a long enough time, makes a great replacement for chocolate topping." Specialty product nearly impossible to find.)