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17 Best and Worst Fast-Food Salads

Not all leafy greens are good for you. Find out which to eat (and skip) at the drive-thru.

Worst Fast Food Salads

Most of these entrée salads have more than 10 grams of saturated fat, 35-59 grams of total fat, and up to 900 calories. Some have more sodium than most U.S. adults should consume in an entire day (1,500 mg), as recommended by the CDC.

  • Arby’s Chopped Farmhouse Chicken Salad, Crispy (with Buttermilk Ranch dressing): 640 calories; 46g total fat; 12g saturated fat; 1,310 mg sodium; 4g fiber; 29g protein. Ingredients: Salad greens, crispy chicken, pepper bacon, cheddar cheese.
  • Burger King Tender Grill BLT Salad (with Avocado Ranch dressing): 550 calories; 37g total fat; 10g saturated fat; 1,640 mg sodium; 4g fiber; 36g protein. Ingredients: Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cheese, crispy chicken.
  • Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips Salad (with Buttermilk Ranch dressing): 560 calories; 34g total fat; 8g saturated fat; 1,160 mg sodium; 4g fiber; 40g protein. Ingredients: Lettuce, carrots, grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, Jack and cheddar cheeses, fried chicken strips, garlic and butter croutons, honey-roasted sunflower kernels.
  • Jack in the Box Chicken Club Salad with Crispy Chicken Strips (with Bacon Ranch dressing): 783 calories; 53g total fat; 13g saturated fat; 1,946 mg sodium; 3g fiber; 34g protein. Ingredients: Mixed salad greens, crispy chicken, bacon, cheese, seasoned croutons.
  • Jack in the Box Southwest Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken Strips and Creamy Southwest Dressing: 600 calories; 36g total fat; 9g saturated fat; 1,805 mg sodium; 5g fiber; 35g protein. Ingredients: Iceberg, romaine & spring mix with crispy chicken strips, shredded pepper jack cheese, black beans, red onions, grape tomatoes, roasted corn and served with southwest dressing and spicy corn sticks.
  • KFC Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad (with Creamy Parmesan Caesar dressing and croutons): 670 calories; 47g total fat; 9.5g saturated fat; 1,630 mg sodium; 3g fiber; 31g protein. Ingredients: Lettuce, crispy chicken, Parmesan cheese, Parmesan garlic croutons.
  • McDonald's Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken (with Ranch dressing): 570 calories; 36g total fat; 8g saturated fat; 1,400 mg sodium; 3g fiber; 27g protein. Ingredients: Mixed Greens, grape tomatoes, carrots, jack and cheddar cheeses, bacon, crispy chicken.
  • Taco Bell Chipotle Steak Taco Salad: 740 calories, 37g fat, 8g saturated fat, 1,200 mg sodium, 9g fiber, 32g protein. Ingredients: crispy tortilla "bowl," steak, beans, cheddar, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, tortilla strips, reduced-fat sour cream, and citrus salsa.

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

Edited on August 01, 2011

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