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5 Salads that can be Unhealthy

Update Date: Oct 23, 2014 02:04 PM EDT

Salads are often grouped into the healthy category. When prepared with fresh ingredients and limited add-ons, salads can help people lose weight. Over the years, however, salads have been remade and dressed up. Here are five types of salads that are unhealthy:

1. Waldorf Salad

A Waldorf salad is typically made up of celery, apples and walnuts mixed in with mayonnaise on top of a bed of lettuce. Although the ingredients sound healthy, the salad's calorie count can increase quickly. For example, the Waldorf salad from California Pizza Kitchen, which consists of greens, grapes, apple, celery, chicken breast, candied walnuts, Gorgonzola cheese, and topped with balsamic Dijon dressing, has 1,230 calories and 87 grams of fat.

2. Cobb Salad

A Cobb salad is made up of greens, tomato, bacon, chicken, hard-boiled eggs, cheese and red-wine vinaigrette. Based on the serving size, the amount of calories found in this type of salad can skyrocket.

3. Caesar Salad

A Caesar salad is mainly just iceberg lettuce, crunchy croutons and Caesar dressing. In this dish, the dressing and croutons, if fried, can lead to high calorie and fat intake.

4. Chef Salad

A chef salad consists of lettuce, hard-bold eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers and one or more types of meat, such as ham or turkey. Even though the salad sounds hearty and healthy, the overall calorie count depends greatly on the type of meat and dressing that are used in this salad.

5. Wedge Salad

The wedge salad is one of the simplest salads to make. All you have to do is cut a wedge out of iceberg lettuce and top it different add-ons. These add-ons, however, such as blue cheese dressing and bacon, can be very fattening.

When it comes to some salads, you might be better off making your own at home. This way, you can control all the ingredients that go into the dish.

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