What do you do when you’re stuck on the road, getting hungry, and far away from your paleo home?
Your first thought might be pulling into a fast food joint or chain restaurant and ordering up a nice crispy salad.
But not so fast…you may want to put the brakes on that idea when you learn many popular restaurant salads are loaded with unhealthy ingredients that add up to too many questionable calories.
Eatclean.com picked 10 well-known food establishments and took a closer look at their top-selling salads. (Click the link below for the original article with more detailed descriptions.)
Here’s a quick summary of the the worst eatclean.com found:
1. Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad
Wendy’s Spicy Chicken version of a Caesar salad weighs in at 780 calories, 51 grams of fat, and nearly a day’s worth of sodium.
2. Cheesecake Factory Grilled Chicken Tostada Salad
This grilled chicken salad adds up to almost 1,200 calories, 15 g fat, and more than a day’s worth of sodium.
3. Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad with Beef
Seasoned beef, white rice, cheese, beans, and a some lettuce and a few tomatoes are the ingredients inTaco Bell’s salad that adds up to 770 calories and 41 grams of fat stuck in a big fried shell.
4. Burger King Chicken Apple & Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad
BK’s salad is loaded up with breaded chicken fingers adds up to a 680-calorie meal with 42 grams of fat and 7 teaspoons of sugar.
5. TGI Friday’s Strawberry Fields Salad with Chicken
Fruit, chicken, goat cheese, pecans, and greens can’t be all that bad for you right? Well at 860 calories and 58 grams of fat, apparently it is.
6. Subway Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt Salad
At 510 calories with a dose of trans fat for good measure and too much sodium, this Subway salad goes off the rails if you ask me.
7. California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch
Made with more fried noodle sticks than vegetables and packing a whopping 1,460 calories with 97 grams of fat. Now some of that is healthy fat from an avocado, but still way off the charts for a salad.
8. Applebee’s Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad
This one sounds good, but at 1,340 calories, 80 grams of fat, and more than a day’s ideal limit of sodium it’s not so healthy. Add in the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar and this is definitely one to skip.
9. Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad
I’m not sure this one even qualifies as a salad because the greens, chicken and creamy dressing is served on a bed of cheese and quesadillas…all adding up to 1,430 calories with 96 grams of fat.
10. Hardee’s Chicken Taco Salad
A crispy tortilla shell, cheese, chicken, sour cream, and a few veggies brings this one up to 900 calories and 48 grams of fat – you might be better off ordering a burger and fries instead.