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Health Tip: Dress Your Salad for Success

Suggestions for healthier fare

(HealthDay News) -- A salad can be a delicious and healthy meal or side item. But even a salad can become laden with calories with just a few toppings and dressings.

Make sure your salad is packed with lots of fresh vegetables, preferably darker ones, advises the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The darker veggies are generally healthier.

Avoid salads that contain mayonnaise, and don't add oils or dressings, the library says. These may be high in fat and add unnecessary calories. Also take it easy on toppings such as croutons, bacon bits and cheese.

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