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Eat Your Greens To Get A Date!

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A new survey into the nation’s salad eating habits has revealed that almost a THIRD (27 percent) of Brits would not want a relationship with someone who leaves their salad in a restaurant, or worse – picks the greens out of a sandwich or burger. 

In fact, according to the nation’s salad lovers, it is unacceptable for anyone over the age of seventeen (average) to be fussy about eating healthily, with 49 percent saying not eating your greens is a major turn off. 

Two thirds of salad fans (63 percent) think people who are fussy about leaves and veggies are childish, while more than a half (56 percent) say they judge those who don’t eat veggies and salad. 

The study of 2,000 Brits byUnbeleafable salad range – which has been released to mark the launch of the UK’s first National Salad Week in June – found that 41 percent of the nation love salad, while just  eight percent of the nation cannot tolerate it. 

Of those who love salad, almost one in three (27 percent) regularly tuck into a big plate of greens as their main evening meal. 

Four in ten (46 percent) admit that nothing beats a classic English Garden Salad, while 44 percent love a classic potato salad. 

Caesar (41 percent), Greek (36 percent), tomato and onion (30 percent) and mixed bean salad (22 percent) are also firm favourites of Brits. 

In contrast, when it comes to what makes salad so unappealing, 46 percent say a limp and wilted salad is unbearable.

Blue cheese dressing (42 percent), sultanas (35 percent) and salad cream (28 percent) also ruin a salad as soon as they touch it, along with sweetcorn (21 percent) and grated carrot (17 percent).

36 percent believe that an underwhelming salad is one of life’s biggest disappointments.

If you’re looking for a super salad, plump, juicy tomatoes (63 percent), cool refreshing cucumber (62 percent), crisp crunchy leaves (58 percent), protein (43 percent) such as cheese or chicken, a glug of good olive oil (41 percent), balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of black pepper (34 percent) all made the list of essentials. 

A drizzle of Caesar (39 percent), honey mustard (36 percent), classic French (33 percent) or Italian dressing (32 percent) complete the perfect vegetable-based evening meal. 

Peppery rocket (39 percent), little gem lettuce (34 percent), baby spinach (31 percent), romaine lettuce (28 percent), sweet gem (27 percent) and watercress (27 percent) are the main crisp crunchy leaves of choice. 

But the jury’s out on iceberg lettuce, with one in two Britons insisting it is tasteless. 

Kate Hofman of Unbeleafable, (the first vertically-farmed salad range to be available in Tesco) said: “We are a nation of salad-lovers, and it seems we judge people a little bit if they don’t eat their greens.

“We’re launching the UK’s first National Salad Week in June to shine a light on salads and we’re encouraging people to get ”salabrating” all salad.  We’ve created ready-to-eat salads that taste better, are fresher and crisper, and last longer, because of the way we grow them, in our vertical farm in Kent, all year round!”

Despite eating our way through two bags of salad a week (96 a year), the research also found that three quarters (75 percent) of Brits regularly throw out leftover salad. 

A fifth (19 percent) confess they throw away salad ingredients all the time, resulting in an average of one and a half bags of salad ending up in the bin each week.

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