I'm always surprised at how few people know a) how many calories they need each day, and b) how many calories they're actually eating. Perhaps it's just because I'm a registered dietitian and nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine (OK, and a confessed nutrition geek).
Back when my parents were young, “salad” referred to any food bound together with some mayonnaise and maybe some chopped celery (think ham salad, apple salad, carrot salad). Nowadays, salad for me is more likely to feature vegetables, and mayonnaise is not the dressing of choice. But there are two exceptions—pasta salad and potato salad. Since typical versions of these dishes follow the basic equation of starch plus mayo, you can bet that both are high in calories…but which is worse and which is the better option? I did some research and found out.