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What salads can I order when eating out and on a kidney diet?

Eating salads and selecting from salad bars is possible once you understand your kidney diet. In fact, salads can be an excellent way to obtain sources of vitamins and fiber as well as adding color and variety to your meal. Small tossed salads are generally a good choice. Ask for the dressing on the side and use it sparingly (remember you can bring your own low-sodium dressing). You may want to mix your own dressing at the restaurant by combining vinegar and oil (usual ratio 3:1) or mix lemon juice with black pepper.

Choose:
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Cauliflower
  • Green peppers
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Green peas
  • Beets
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Chinese noodles
  • Grated cheese in moderation
  • Coleslaw
  • Macaroni salad
  • Gelatin salads
  • Cottage cheese
  • Canned peaches or pears
  • Canned fruit cocktail
  • Fresh grapes
  • Fresh or canned pineapple and a small fresh peach
Avoid:
  • Raw spinach
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Bacon bits
  • Tomatoes or mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Kidney beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Seeds or nuts
  • Croutons
  • Potato salad
  • Three bean salad
  • Olive salads
  • Relishes and pickles
  • Soups
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Kiwi
  • Melons
  • Bananas and oranges

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