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How can I make myself like raw salads?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Hi Everyone,

My first question so I hope I am not retreading a well worn path.

I am trying to incorporate more raw foods into my diet.

I typically eat a lot of veg but it tends to be of the variety I can stew/soup/roast...

The leafy greens and some veg that are better raw, I find myself putting off eating because I find just sticking them in a salad so boring and unpalatable.

What can I do to actually make myself enjoy raw salads and look forward to eating them? Or is it just a question of grinning and bearing it until I love it?

*PS I should add that I don't go for salad dressings, I tend to use olive oil and vinegar or honey

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on July 14, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Avocado we are twins separated at birth! Cobb salad is my only exception. And I LOVE a Cobb salad!

43cf1cf397e09332da0f270bc9cbaacd

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on July 14, 2012
at 08:38 AM

I'm the same way! i can do cobb salads cold, but anything else has to be at least room temperature. had an awkward situation once when a coworked walked in on me microwaving my mixed green salad haha

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:31 AM

LOL! I'm full of those aren't I?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:21 AM

lol that's an interesting little quirk.

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Yeah, I agree. find some veggies you like and tolerate raw. If you hate raw greens, just eat cooked greens. I don't like most lettuces, and love sauteed kale. I do, however, LOVE raw carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers--so I eat those raw.

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:12 PM

I generally abhor lettuce salads, but wholeheartedly embrace the chopped salad. So much more interesting, both flavor-wise and with texture.

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on July 13, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I agree with pretty much everyone else. If you want to give a green smoothie a try, though, the fruit I find covers up the taste of the spinach. But only if you wanna give it a try!

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on July 13, 2012
at 02:23 PM

May I suggest just disguising the greens by shredding them and mixing those with chopped onions, chopped celery, smoked fish, brown mustard and some homemade mayo? Throw a fresh tomato slice and some cracked black pepper atop that and you're set for any classic Jewish Deli in America.

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on July 13, 2012
at 01:59 PM

That would be good too! Part of my wanting to enjoy them is because I get an organic box delivery that always contains some variety of veg which are not good for cooking. So I either need to start eating them, compost them (which I do not want to do), or cancel the box. I really don't want to cancel as this should be a bugbear I can work around. I'll try focusing on textures :)

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Ohh, bacon fat on salad......Bacon fat makes everything better!

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on July 13, 2012
at 01:50 PM

I find raw veggies irritate my stomach. Its cooked or nothing. I love lots of mixed salad leaves cooked in bacon fat, balsamic vinegar and a touch of salt. Grilled tomatos (even cheese on top if you tolerate it). I eat fermented veggies too like pickles and sauerkraut. I agree, skip the salad and do something you enjoy.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:44 PM

I was the same way until I started using lime juice as my "salad dressing." I just put a can of wild caught salmon on a bed of greens with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese (I have no problem with full fat dairy) and grape tomatoes (no prob with nightshades either). Then splash lime juice, and devour. I used to hate salad and had to drown in ranch, but this is something I eat 4 times a week probably.

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1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on July 13, 2012
at 01:49 PM

Well, my first suggestion would be: "Well, if you don't like raw leafy green salads, don't eat them."

If you'd really like to include them, I'd take a similar approach to RaiseFitness. Load up the salad with something you really appreciate both taste and texture wise. I often enjoy a dressing combined of balsamic vinegar and brown mustard, but I also really like the "Kitchen Sink" salads (Cobb, Chef, etc.) when the creaminess of egg yolks and avocado's is added. I've oft seen my mother put a bit of bacon fat on her salad as well. . . .

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Ohh, bacon fat on salad......Bacon fat makes everything better!

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on July 13, 2012
at 02:23 PM

May I suggest just disguising the greens by shredding them and mixing those with chopped onions, chopped celery, smoked fish, brown mustard and some homemade mayo? Throw a fresh tomato slice and some cracked black pepper atop that and you're set for any classic Jewish Deli in America.

Be908de926ed2e733cf902b375d98c16

(50)

on July 13, 2012
at 01:59 PM

That would be good too! Part of my wanting to enjoy them is because I get an organic box delivery that always contains some variety of veg which are not good for cooking. So I either need to start eating them, compost them (which I do not want to do), or cancel the box. I really don't want to cancel as this should be a bugbear I can work around. I'll try focusing on textures :)

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Chopped salad! A bunch of different vegetables in small dice, chopped or shredded salad greens, fresh herbs, and little bits of meat and nuts, with a good dressing is the bomb.

E.g. an Israeli-style mix I like is a mix of tomato, cucumber, and chopped greens with a lot of parsley, a little mint, chopped almonds, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. If you use dairy, crumbled feta is a great addition.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:12 PM

I generally abhor lettuce salads, but wholeheartedly embrace the chopped salad. So much more interesting, both flavor-wise and with texture.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 13, 2012
at 01:47 PM

I happen to really like salad. My daughter hates salad. Should I force her to eat it? Nope. There is nothing in salad that can't be gotten in other ways.

Life is short. Enjoy it. Skip the salad.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on July 13, 2012
at 02:13 PM

You can't. You should kill your vegetables. Kill them dead, and since you can't see them breathing, cook them for an interminably long time to make sure they are dead. This also happens to neutralize a lot of the icky stuff plants try to kill you with. Do a little research on our guts versus other primates guts- they've got more guts; we've out-sourced a lot of the processing due to our strange relationship with fire.

The other thing you can do is add more saturated fat. A biology professor of mine once said salads were, properly speaking, just a fat delivery system. From an historical perspective, I can tell you they definitely were a salt delivery system, as the very word salad is derived from salt if I am remembering my trivia correctly.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on July 13, 2012
at 11:47 PM

I only like raw salad at room temp or slightly warm. I usually just warm the dressing them dump it over and massage it into the greens if needed (like with kale) or I massage the greens without the dressing then dump the hot dressing over and mix well. Alternatively I just leave the veggies out to come up to room temp. I have no idea why but I LOVE salads this way whereas I cannot stand them cold.

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on July 14, 2012
at 08:38 AM

I'm the same way! i can do cobb salads cold, but anything else has to be at least room temperature. had an awkward situation once when a coworked walked in on me microwaving my mixed green salad haha

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 14, 2012
at 12:31 AM

LOL! I'm full of those aren't I?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 14, 2012
at 12:21 AM

lol that's an interesting little quirk.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Avocado we are twins separated at birth! Cobb salad is my only exception. And I LOVE a Cobb salad!

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 13, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Figure out what vegetables you do like raw, and eat those. It's possible that none of them will be greens, so therefore the typical greens-heavy salad isn't really your best option.

Or, if you're determined to force yourself to eat raw salads, eat them in small servings, rather than forcing yourself to munch through a Big-Ass Salad. Even if you only eat one cup of raw veg, if you typically don't eat any raw veg one cup counts as "more."

Or combine raw vegetables you like into a salad with cooked vegetables you like--raw peppers with roasted zucchini and eggplant, for example. The cooked veg can be served either warm or chilled.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on July 13, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Yeah, I agree. find some veggies you like and tolerate raw. If you hate raw greens, just eat cooked greens. I don't like most lettuces, and love sauteed kale. I do, however, LOVE raw carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers--so I eat those raw.

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C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

on July 14, 2012
at 12:18 AM

Lately for work I have been making cold salads out of:

Ground beef or hot dogs

steamed leafy green vegetables

steamed orange vegetables

avocado

a hint of rice (I may be phasing that out... My steamer is only a steam/rice cooker. I'm not sure how to do just one at a time.)

olive oil

And any other veggies I happen to have at home. Just a little bit of steamed red cabbage can really brighten it up! And its a meat salad!

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Fresh herbs + olive oil, balsamic vinegar & lemon dressing make a salad more interesting

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:21 PM

I like to throw some salsa on top of my salad, top my veg with a little more veg. I also like to put bone marrow on my salads. Mmmmmmmmmmmmarrow.

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on July 13, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Try using raw veggies as accompaniments to a main dish. For example: Pulled Pork with cole slaw; Lettuce Wraps with grilled chicken.

Also, instead of salad dressing, using something you like as the "sauce". For example, three poached eggs over a bed of Arugula and Spinach -- The yolk from the egg will be plenty of "sauce"

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