Build a Salad and We'll Guess Where in the U.S. You Live

By: Lauren Lubas
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Build a Salad and We'll Guess Where in the U.S. You Live
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About This Quiz

What you eat can tell a person a lot about you... what you think about dieting, what your parents were like, and even where you live. Every region of the United States has its own signature flavors that it boasts. The flavors of this country are as unique as the dialect and accents that so clearly can tell a person where you're from. Americans will even get territorial about the foods they think they've trademarked (see the great New York/Chicago pizza debate). 

Luckily, no one has really trademarked a salad... except maybe Caesar, but that salad (ironically enough) was born in Mexico, believe it or not. Another great thing about salad is the fact that it can be basically any mixture of ingredients that might taste great together... even if it sounds disgusting. We're looking at you, Ramen salad. So, can someone really tell a lot about you by the salad that you eat? 

The answer is yes. Absolutely, and not just because of that old saying "you are what you eat." From the lettuce you choose to the dressings you need, the way you build your salad can tell someone exactly where you live. Take some time to build your dream salad, and we'll guess where you live in the United States.

Lettuce Which type of lettuce is going to be on your salad?
Romaine or iceberg
Arugula or baby spinach
Locally sourced mixed greens
No lettuce for me

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Salad Dressing Every great salad comes with dressing. What kind of dressing is on your salad?
Ranch
A light vinaigrette
Nothing, or vinegar and oil
Mayonnaise

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Bacon Are there bacon bits on your salad?
Yes. Every salad needs them.
No, I prefer prosciutto.
No way
Sometimes I mix them in.

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Salad What vegetable/fruit is most prominent in your salad (other than lettuce)?
Tomato
Olives
Avocado
Nothing... maybe bell peppers.

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Cheese Salad If you had to choose a cheese for your salad, which would it be?
Cheddar
Goat cheese
No cheese for me
American

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Salad What is the base of your salad?
Iceberg lettuce
A thin layer of prosciutto
Mixed greens
Pasta

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Salad Prep Which of these would you NEVER have on your salad?
Mayonnaise
Radish
Ham
Arugula

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Chicken Salad What kind of meat will you have on your salad?
Ham and turkey, if any
All of them
None of them
Sometimes bacon

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Salad What is the most important part of your salad?
The dressing
The meat and cheese
The greens
The pasta

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Pickles What kind of pickled item is on your salad?
None
Olives
Radish
Pickles

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Red Peppers If there are red peppers on your salad, how are they prepared?
Diced small
Roasted, then julienne
Long strips, raw
Pickled and diced

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Cheese Plate How much cheese is on your salad?
A lot
A medium amount
None
A little

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How are the carrots on your salad prepared?
Shaved
Julienne
Large dice
Minced

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Meatballs Which meat is most likely to be on your salad?
Bacon
Salami/pepperoni
Chicken
None

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Peas Are there peas on your salad?
No way!
No. They can't hold up to the other ingredients.
Yes! I love peas!
Yes. They add a pop.

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Fruit Salad Which sweet fruits are on your salad?
Grapes
Maybe mandarin oranges
Strawberries
None

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Mozzarella Salad Which nut tops your salad?
Pistachios
Walnuts
Almonds
None

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Sausage Salad How is the meat on your salad prepared?
Chopped
Grilled and cut into strips
Big chunks
No meat for my salad

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Salad Is your salad a starter or an entree?
Starter. I have other food to eat.
Entree. It has everything I need.
Entree. I don't like big meals.
It's actually a side.

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Salad with Dressing Do you dump the dressing on top or toss it with your salad?
On top
It's usually tossed with the greens, and the toppings are separate.
I don't really do dressing.
Everything is mixed together.

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Smoked Salmon How much dressing is going on your salad?
Enough to cover everything
Just a light coating is fine.
None... maybe a little oil
Enough to cover everything twice

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Salad Toppings What veggies would you pick for your salad?
Tomato and cucumber
Roasted red peppers and roasted egg plant
Cherry tomatoes and carrots
Bell peppers and onions

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Salad Mixed What is the consistency of ingredients on your plate?
Everything is chopped small.
The veggies are small, the meat and cheese are big.
Everything is left its regular shape or sliced.
The pasta is large and the veggies are small.

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Salt and Pepper Do you put salt and pepper on your salad?
No. The dressing is fine.
No. It has enough flavor.
Yes. It adds a little flavor.
Yes. It's in the recipe.

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Deviled Eggs Is there a hard boiled egg on your salad?
No. That's gross.
No. I have enough protein.
Yes. It adds creaminess to the dish.
Yes. Chopped very small.

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Bacon Salad Which of these MUST be on your salad?
Bacon bits
Imported cheese
Avocado
Mayonnaise

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Bacon Salad Which of these are on your salad?
Chopped deli meats
Mushrooms
Green beans
Hard boiled egg

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Iceberg Lettuce Do you like iceberg lettuce?
Yes! It's the best kind.
Not really. It has no flavor.
I'll eat it if there is nothing else.
No. That's rabbit food.

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Lettuce How many veggies (other than lettuce) are on your salad?
1-4
5-8
9+
None, if I can help it.

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Nuts Salad What kind of crunch is on your salad?
Sesame sticks
Fried tortilla strips
Nuts
None

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