Skip Nav
Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen's Chicken Pot Pie Soup Belongs in the Soup Hall of Fame
Food Video
Break Off a Piece of This Giant Cake-Filled Kit Kat Bar!
I Finally Found the Best Frying Pan — and It Doesn't Stick

Do You Order Your Dressing Tossed or On The Side?

Image Source

Join The Conversation
kins kins 10 years
on the side. i hate soggy dressing. dip my fork in the dressing, eat the salad...perfect amount of dressing!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
salads are usually my only option if i go out with someone who isn't my family (who always let me take them to a veg. restauraunt!) but i ask for oil and vinegar (balsamic if they have it) and some lemon wedges to go with a green salad - always on the side.
danakscully64 danakscully64 10 years
The worst is when people would ask for more when they've already used 2 full sides. They don't realize that a burger would have been the better choice (less calories, less fat, and more filling). I've even seen people DRINK ranch. Ew. The restaurant I worked at, all of the salads were more than 900 calories WITHOUT dressing. Sometimes I believe people think the salad is healthier, but the toppings and dressing really add up. 6 tablespoons of ranch dressing alone is about 500 calories. Advice from a waitress and health nut: If you're going to order a salad and you're watching your calorie intake, avoid ones with toppings such as bacon, fried chicken, fried tortilla chips, cheese, and croutons. Order salads with fresh veggies and fruit. If you can limit yourself when you put on dressing, get it on the side. If not, I recommend having them toss it light in a fat-free or light dressing. I'm not a fan of salads personally because that's usually my only option at a restaurant (I'm a vegetarian) and they get old quick.
clarkware clarkware 10 years
For me it depends on the restaurant. I get it tossed at places I know that don't drown it otherwise it's on the side. I completely agree with you Danakscully64. During my years waitressing, I would laugh at all the women who would ask for "dressing on the side please" and then proceed to use more than if we had tossed it for them. Meanwhile they thought they were "behaving". LOL
danakscully64 danakscully64 10 years
After working as a waitress for a few years, I've found that people actually eat less dressing if it's tossed in, for the most part. If you can control how much you use, get it on the side. Most people would use 2 large ramekins (about 6 tablespoons) for half of their salad while the cooks would toss an entire salad with 1 ramekin. I honestly don't usually order salads, but when I do, I usually get it on the side. :)
rothchild rothchild 10 years
usually on the side but it depends...creamy ones-definitely but i like vinaigrettes tossed to coat the ingredients
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Always on the side; I hate to have the greens drenched in dressing.
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
tossed on
AtatakaiSunshine AtatakaiSunshine 10 years
If I know I like the dressing, I let them do what they will. I suppose if I were ever to order a salad where I didn't like the dressing, I would ask for it without. And if I'm in major calorie-count mode I might ask for it on the side. Maybe. I don't usually have an issue with how much they put on though.. except the nasty burrito bowl at California Tortilla. That was a salad-like thing drenched in dressing. Ewww.
studio524 studio524 10 years
Always on the side. That way I am in control of how much I consume. Too: I LOVE leafy greens and the last thing that I want is to have them drowned in dressing.
Curious-Alice Curious-Alice 10 years
I always try for on the side, since it helps me watch my calories.
Green Green 10 years
On top- and I am so bad. I prefer salad with my dressing instead of the other way around if you know what I mean. I should just indulge in the desserts I like and skip the salads- but that's bad!
Rachiepop Rachiepop 10 years
On the side, I'm a fan of the fork method. Plus restaurants always add either to much or way to little when they put it on themselves. Getting it on the side gives just enough.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
on the side except Caesar salads, they are tossed... which is funny because they are the worst for you LOL!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 10 years
On the side so as not to have it accumulate too much in one area.
earthylovingirl earthylovingirl 10 years
on the side, i don't like my salad drenched..
rubialala rubialala 10 years
On the side.
DearSugar DearSugar 10 years
On the side or I ask for light dressing!
KerryG KerryG 10 years
Usually on the side, so I can control how much I put on, though I'm less picky about salad dressing than gravy. I hate things to be drenched in gravy, and so many restaurants do that.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
I like my thousand island plopped right on top of my wedge.
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
Depends on my mood really.
ailene ailene 10 years
I like my dressing tossed in on my Cesar salads. Otherwise, I usually order my dressing on the side.
millarci millarci 10 years
I prefer it on the side only because a lot of restaurants drench my salad in dressing! I don't want all those extra calories.
Marci Marci 10 years
I order it on the side. I don't like a lot of dressing and they usually put too much on for my taste.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Exactly my feelings gooniette! I order it however it comes.
What Is a Hand Salad?
Easy Summer Salads
Black Bean Salad With Avocado Dressing Recipe
How to Make Salads More Filling
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds