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Salads the most popular workday lunch

According to analysis of online orders conducted by the food delivery service GrubHub Seamless, of the more than 25,000 restaurants in its network, Greek salad is the most popular workday lunch.

Another trend is that desk jockeys are picking more waistline-friendly dishes. After Greek salad, the next two most popular lunches nationwide are garden salad and Caesar salad, respectively, and "house salad” also makes the Top 10. In addition, salads have moved beyond simple iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato, to include trendier items such as kale and arugula.

Data from market research firm NPD Group suggests that more workers might eat hot and cold sandwiches, Mexican food and soups for lunch than GrubHub Seamless suggests, due to the growing popularity of food trucks, which tend to offer these types of food and are most often visited for lunch.

A few offbeat items particular to just one city turn up in GrubHub Seamless’s analysis: Washington, D.C. orders fruit salad, Los Angeles likes miso soup and Philadelphia eats seaweed salad.

While sushi is really popular in Boston as opposed to other places, Bostonians appear to crave spicy food — curry, spicy tuna and pad Thai are all in its top 10.

New York City tilts Mediterranean; Greek salad and hummus take the top two slots, respectively, and gyro sandwiches also make an appearance.

In contrast to California’s healthy-living reputation, paninis — not salads— are numbers one and two in San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. Although San Francisco has a culturally eclectic top 10 list that includes Mexican, Thai and Mediterranean, only two salads make the list: garden salad is number seven and Greek salad makes an appearance at the bottom of the list.

Hopefully we’re not eating all those Greek salads at our desks because we’re too busy to take a break,


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