Thanks for the article Meg.
I keep a bottle of my favorite ff dressing (Lighthouse Sesame Ginger) at work as well as at home, plus a tablespoon to measure it with! Then when I get a salad at the grocery store I'm not tempted to use their dressing (plus, one of the grocerie's charges for dressing!) I don't like bacon much, and avoid the cheese, so I'm able to keep my salads in the clean eating range! I often grill an extra chicken breast or two for cutting up in salads, or I add beans or egg for protein. I am guilty of adding avocado if I find a good one.
When I go out to lunch with my GFs on Friddays, I often order what's called an oriental chicken salad (we only have 3 places to choose from, so I know what I'll have before I get there
). I leave off the chow mein noodles, and get the dressing on the side. I use just a little plus vinegar. Except that it's nearly all iceberg lettuce, it's a decent choice. Lots of other veggies - chopped green onions, cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, carrots - and of course grilled chicken.