The Quest for the Perfect Salad
Zhu, Justin

The Quest for the Perfect Salad
Wed, Jan 16, 2019

I love salads!

The Best Things to Put in a Salad

Tastes change but nutrients don’t.


  1. Romaine Lettuce
  2. Spinach
  3. Iceberg Lettuce or Cabbage

Romaine Lettuce is the best. When pressed for options, stick with Romaine.


More color is a good indicator of more nutrients.

Green is already achieved by default.

Orange: Carrots

Red: Cherry Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Radishes, Beets

Black: Olives

White: Onions, Cauliflowers, Artichokes

Green: Broccoli, Celery, Cucumbers

Try to not get fruits in the salad. I don’t like sweet things mixed with non-sweet things (think pineapple on pizza).

Life is all about savoring the sweetness in its entirety.


  1. Kidney Beans or Green Beans
  2. Mushroom
  3. Tuna
  4. Eggplant
  5. Hunmus

No strict hierarchy here. Just mix and match, but one of those should always be included for a complete meal.

Do NOT get chicken or bacon (unless it’s already part of the meal. Ask to switch it out for something of color since usually these proteins are more expensive anyways). Or switch it out for any other of these proteins mentioned here.

Steak on salads is the best way to eat steak, and therefore, allowed. But remember Justin’s personal rule about red meat!



DO NOT get Ranch. Getting Ranch is like the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead, all the nutritional benefits and lightness of a salad is lost..

Vinaigrettes are just better. Balsamic is always pretty good since all I really need for a dressing is just olive oil and some vinegar base.

If not getting a dressing, get avocado. Do not get both, since both are high in fats. Since avocadoes are overpriced, I would just stick with any choice of vinaigrettes.

No Cheese or Eggs

Well, maybe a little if you really, really felt hungry. It’s kind of like ranch. Coke and Diet Coke, what’s the real difference anyways?

Nuts and Crunch

Salads are pretty crunchy as is. I don’t see the need for nuts and croutons. I can always eat those separately as a snack. They are kind of like fruits, best enjoyed on their own.

Salad every day

Yup, they are that good when done right.