Watch the add-ons to vegetable salads
Even salads that are mostly raw vegetables are a problem if they’re loaded with cheese, meats and refined grains like croutons. Italian antipasto salads also are a health challenge, with all their salami, spicy ham and cheese. Get the salad, but ask for vegetables only.
Do the fork dip
Don’t like it when your salad is drowning in a sea of oil? Get your dressing on the side, in a small bowl. Dip your empty fork into the dressing, then skewer a forkful of salad. You’ll be surprised at how this tastes just right, and how little dressing you’ll use.
Check the menu before you leave home
Most restaurants post their menus on their websites, and many provide nutritional information and highlight healthier options. You can decide before you ever arrive and place your order. Conversely, if you don’t see anything that’s healthy, pick another restaurant.