5 Tips for Building a Healthier Salad - Don't forget the protein.

If you're trying to eat light and healthy, you may think choosing salad is a no-brainer. But beware — salads can contain more calories and fat than you think. Follow these 5 tips to help you build a healthier, low-calorie salad.
Don't forget the protein.
Your salad becomes a meal when you add the protein! If you're opting for animal protein, select one lean source (or two if you're extra-hungry), such as four egg whites or three ounces of skinless chicken or turkey breast, water-packed chunk light tuna, wild salmon, or lean sirloin steak. If you're vegetarian or just want to mix it up, choose half a cup of cubed tofu or three-quarters of a cup of chickpeas, kidney beans, pinto beans, or other legumes. Stay away from fatty meats like bacon and salami, and definitely skip anything fried or drenched in heavy sauce.