Maybe You Don’t Win Friends With Salads

There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate.

It’s salad, and here are three main reasons why we need to rethink it.

Salad vegetables are pitifully low in nutrition. The biggest thing wrong with salads is lettuce, and the biggest thing wrong with lettuce is that it’s a leafy-green waste of resources. …

Salad fools dieters into making bad choices. Lots of what passes for salad in restaurants is just the same as the rest of the calorie-dense diabolically palatable food that’s making us fat, but with a few lettuce leaves tossed in. Next time you order a salad, engage in a little thought experiment: Picture the salad without the lettuce, cucumber and radish, which are nutritionally and calorically irrelevant. Is it a little pile of croutons and cheese, with a few carrot shavings and lots of ranch dressing? …

Salad has unfortunate repercussions in our food supply. Lettuce has a couple of No. 1 unenviable rankings in the food world. For starters, it’s the top source of food waste, vegetable division, becoming more than 1 billion pounds of uneaten salad every year. But it’s also the chief culprit for foodborne illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, green leafies accounted for 22 percent of all food-borne illnesses from 1998-2008.

In conclusion, here is a recipe for Thai Beef Salad.

It has beef in it, so…

  • Martin B

    “…green leafies accounted for 22 percent of all food-borne illnesses from 1998-2008”

    Well no wonder, with all the illegal Guatemalans shitting in the lettuce fields.

  • Dana Garcia

    I love Thai beef salad — it tastes like real food.

  • Frances

    Read something – can’t remember if on-line or in print – to the effect that green leafies such as kale selectively absorb heavy metals to the extent they can be toxic.