A good salad's about more than lettuce and dressing. Here are the eight essential elements to any healthy salad and how to combine them for a perfect, filling meal.

How to Make A Healthier Salad [INFOGRAPHIC]

Sorry to break the news, but "salad" doesn't always mean "healthy." Often overloaded with calorie-packed dressings, fried toppings, and (delicious) cheesy toppings, a dish that should scream "green and healthy!" ends up screaming "greasy and heavy!" In fact, restaurant cobb salads can contain upwards of 700 calories!

With a few modifications, any salad can make a healthy meal. First, you have to start with the four key ingredients to make any bowl o' greens delicious and nutritions: greens, protein, veggies or fruit, and dressing. Then, there are the bonus points: grains, crunch, and extras (say cheese!). Proportions and combinations are up to you! Use the graphic below to get started (and for some killer healthier dressing recipes).

How to Make a Healthier Salad

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