We always think that salad is a great go to low cal option...that is true if you make it at home. I have found most restaurant salads are so high in calorie they are not an option if you are trying to keep calories low. Here are 10 scary restaurant salads
I know most salads really are not low cal....one of my go to salads is an Avo-Cobb salad at Red Robin it does have chicken, bacon, eggs and blu cheese crumbles but it's only 400 and something without dressing then i use the low cal italian. My other is the Thai Shrimp Salad at Applebees it's about 400 or so with the dressing it comes with...but i haven't found any other's that are actually low cal
A big salad is a primary meal I have almost every day, with organic variety of leaves, tomatoes, and sometimes avocado. But you are correct based on what is added. I make my own dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, and lots of garlic. What I avoid the most is anything containing sugar.