Now that the weather is warmer, a lot of people like to eat lighter and healthier, and for many that includes a salad. But not any old salad will do. In fact, for many, salads need to include certain things in order for them to be perfect.
A new Fresh Express survey finds:
- The average American eats four salads a week.
- 62% say salad is part of their regular diet.
- 27% eat salad in order get all their veggies in one meal, while 24% say it’s a healthy meal option and 15% say it’s because they are easy to make.
So, what makes the perfect salad?
- Well, 48% of Americans do believe there is such a thing as the “ultimate salad.”
- Starting with the lettuce, 15% of people say iceberg should be the base for the ultimate salad, followed by spinach (14%) and romaine (13%).
- 78% say the ultimate salad needs to be chopped, with dressing (60%), and loaded with toppings (51%).
- Important fruit and veggie toppings include:
- Tomatoes (18%)
- Cucumber (17%)
- Carrots (16%)
- Plus there should be crunchy toppings, such as
- Croutons (36%)
- Walnuts (33%)
- Almonds (33%)
- And savory toppings like
- Eggs (46%)
- Seeds (45%)
- Cheddar cheese (45%)
- And of course, folks are particular about dressings. The most popular dressings for the ultimate salad include:
- Balsamic vinaigrette (13%)
- Blue cheese (12%)
- Ranch (11%)
Source: SWNS Digital