The Diet Detective: Your Guide to Fast Food Salads

You think salad, you think healthy, right? Well, that's often true. However, you need to pay attention to a few other things, such as the sodium level and the dressings, both of which can sabotage any salad. Here is a comparison of the salads from several fast-food restaurants.

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McDonald's

McDonald's offers a few very tasty salads that are not too high in calories. However, it's the dressing and the "extras" that cause calorie creep. The best choice is the Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken. It's only 290 calories (without dressing) and has 7g of fiber and 27g of protein. The best dressings are Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette at only 35 calories, and Newman's Own Low Fat Family Recipe Italian Dressing at 50 calories.

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  • Premium Bacon Ranch Salad (without chicken); 140 calories
  • Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken; 390 calories
  • Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken; 230 calories
  • Premium Caesar Salad (without chicken); 90 calories
  • Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken; 190 calories
  • Premium Southwest Salad (without chicken); 140 calories
  • Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken; 290 calories
  • Side Salad; 20 calories
  • Snack Size Fruit and Walnuts; 210 calories
  • Newman's Own? Creamy Southwest Dressing; 100 calories
  • Newman's Own? Creamy Caesar Dressing; 190 calories
  • Newman's Own? Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette; 35 calories
  • Newman's Own? Low Fat Family Recipe Italian Dressing; 50 calories
  • Newman's Own? Ranch Dressing; 170 calories
  • Newman's Own? Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing; 90 calories

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