Many people think that by ordering a salad they are eating healthy. With enough ranch dressing, bacon bits, and croutons, a salad bar feast can pack half a day's worth or more of fat and calories. That's not to say that salads must be limited to cucumbers, tomatoes, and a spritz of lemon.
Is salad unhealthy?
Salads should be healthy-eating no-brainers, but all too often, ordering a plate of mesclun at a restaurant results in a plateful of lettuce drowning in creamy dressings, full-fat cheeses, and high-calorie croutons. Here are six sneaky salad abominations and their skinny (yet still satisfying) counterparts.
Can you gain weight by eating salads?
If you eat (take in) more calories than you expend (use up) in a day, you will gain weight. "Get fat" is a bit subjective. Also, if the salad is lettuce-based, I think many folks are going to get full before they can manage this feat (eating more calories than they use in a day), even with croutons, dressing, etc.