Fast Food Salads

Updated on April 14, 2010
V.T. asks from McKinney, TX
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I don't do fast food often, but sometimes when I'm out running errands it would be nice to be able to pick up a good salad through a drive thru. Anyone have any good suggestions on where to go? I don't know if I ever got a salad at a fast food place before.

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answers from Houston on

The Southwest Chicken Salad at Jack In The Box is so delicious, get grilled chilcken to make it healthier and don't put extra dressing like me because its 200 calories a packet of it I think. Chick Fil A wraps and salads are yummy too.

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answers from Dallas on

Wendy's has the best! (And healthiest) Try the oriental chicken salad

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answers from Dallas on

I like the salads at Chick-fil-a and Jason's Deli.



answers from Houston on

My favorites are the Southwest Salad with grilled chicken at McDonalds and the Southwest Chargrilled salad at Chickfila with spicy dressing. I did Weight Watchers for a year and neither one of these is a total killer on the diet either.

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answers from Sacramento on

Chick Fil-A has really great salads.



answers from New York on

The Caesar salad with grilled chicken at Mac Donalds is yummy and healthy if you don't put a lot of dressing on the side - mixed greens, grape tomatoes, carrots, garlic croutons, grated parmesan cheese, with Newman's Own Caesar Salad dressing.

Their Fruit and Walnut salad is also great (sliced red and green apples, grapes, candied walnuts and low-fat yogurt).

If you are at home, try the following salad: Mixed greens, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, a sprinkling of feta cheese, and a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top with pine nuts (you can get these cheap at Costco and freeze them). It can be a little addicting.



answers from Dallas on

I am not a big fan of salads. When I found out that iceburg lettuce ahd no nutrition, sometimes the chicken was tasteless, sometimes the dressing had as many calories as a cheeseburger, and that lettuce can be hard to digest, I gave up on most of them unless the taste was amazing.

I found an amazing, tasting salad at Panera Break Company. I had the Asian one but there are some others that looked good. I think they also had calories listed beside them (or was that Jasons?) Here's PBC's salad menu that I copied and pasted for you below:

Here's their salad menu:

Hand-Tossed Signature Salads
Hand tossed and freshly prepared. Served with freshly baked bread.

Mediterranean Salmon Salad
NEW! Chilled salmon filet served on a bed of field greens and romaine, with baby Kalamata olives, feta cheese, Mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and red onions all tossed in our new honey tangerine vinaigrette dressing.

Chopped Chicken Cobb
All-natural pepper-mustard chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, Applewood-smoked bacon, Gorgonzola, hard-boiled eggs, all chopped & tossed with herb vinaigrette.

BBQ Chopped Chicken
All-natural pepper-mustard chicken, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, black beans, tortilla strips & BBQ ranch dressing, drizzled with BBQ sauce.Salmon Caesar Salad

NEW! Chilled salmon filet served on romaine lettuce with Asiago cheese, homemade Asiago cheese croutons and tossed in our Caesar dressing.
Asian Sesame Chicken

All-natural citrus-herb chicken, romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, crispy wonton strips & our reduced-sugar Asian sesame vinaigrette.

Grilled Chicken Caesar
All-natural pepper-mustard chicken, romaine lettuce, Asiago-Parmesan cheese, homemade Asiago Cheese croutons & our special Caesar dressing.

Fuji Apple Chicken
All-natural citrus-herb chicken, mixed field greens, romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pecans, Gorgonzola, apple chips & white balsamic apple vinaigrette.

Hand-Tossed Cafe Salads
Hand tossed and freshly prepared. Served with freshly baked bread.

Romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, feta cheese, peperoncini, red onions, Kalamata olives, pepper & our Greek dressing.

Mixed field greens & romaine lettuce topped with vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions & our reduced fat balsamic vinaigrette.



answers from Los Angeles on

Do you have Wendy's in TX? Their mandarin chicken salad is delicious. The chicken is grilled, not fried. They give you a packet of toasted almonds and a packet of crispy noodles. Skip the crispy noodles... just extra calories with no health benefit. Go easy on the dressing, and you've got a pretty healthy lunch :)



answers from Dallas on

Dairy Queens Grilled chicken salad is delicious. There is no plain grilled chicken salad so you have to order which ever one has the grilled chicken and ask them to only leave the chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. I think they are so good because their grilled chicken is tasty.

A trick for your salads....ask for salsa or picante sauce instead of dressing. It is delish. That is what I do when I go to a restaurant and order a taco salad. You can LOAD the dressing on because it is so good for you!



answers from Tulsa on

i love sonics grilled chicken salad its a regular salad but I have to ask for extra dressing they dont give enough. great on a hot day. burger king has good salads too.


answers from Dallas on

You are in Allen.......... I LOVE Market Street. I eat a salad there almost daily.

Fresh ingredients, make it yourself.....SUPER place.

I buy all my groceries there and eat there daily. LOVE the place



answers from Atlanta on

Hi V.,

I like Jason's as well although I'm not sure any of them have a drive thru. Most of the ingredients on the salad bar are organic and they taste so much better than most salad bars. When I have to do a drive thru, it's usually for a Wendy's oriental chicken salad.

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