Salt in Restaurant Foods

To watch your salt intake when dining out, follow this advice:

  • Avoid fast-food and Asian restaurants; both are likely to serve foods with a high salt content.
  • Stay away from soups, sauces, and salad dressings. Ask for oil and vinegar to dress your salad or lemon to squeeze on your fish or vegetables.
  • Ask your server if they have a no-salt menu or if food can be prepared without salt.

Many chain restaurants provide nutritional information when asked. They also often post this information on their website.

Publication Review By: Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D. and Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.

Published: 15 Mar 2011

Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015