Fast food restaurants have healthy options for those watching what they eat, but there are many fast food salads you should avoid. Just because it's a salad doesn't mean it's good for you, and you should always check the nutritional information before eating. Most fast food companies will have this information available for you both in the store as well as online. In order to save some time, here are the five worst fast food salads you should avoid.
1. Wendy's Chicken BLT Salad
This "healthy alternative" comes in at 790 calories and a whopping 53.5 grams of total fat total fat, with 13.5 grams being saturated fat. This salad also contains 1,600 milligrams of sodium. The ingredients include lettuce, grape tomatoes, bacon, garlic croutons, fried chicken fillet and shredded cheddar.
2. Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Crispy Chicken Salad
This salad has 670 calories and a total of 48 grams of fat, with 12.5 grams being saturated fat. The sodium level for this salad comes in at 1,470 milligrams. The ingredients are popcorn chicken, lettuce, cheddar cheese and pepper bacon.
3. Jack in the Box Chicken Club Salad
This salad packs 866 calories and 59 grams of total fat, with 12 grams being saturated fat. The sodium level for this salad is a massive 2,168 milligrams. The ingredients are crispy chicken, lettuce, cheese, bacon and seasoned croutons.
4. Carl's Jr. Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad
This Southern-inspired salad has 710 calories and 50g of total fat, with 12 grams being saturated fat. The sodium level of this salad is very high as well, coming in at 1,960 milligrams. The ingredients include grilled chicken, a spring salad mix, roasted corn, chopped red onions, black bean salsa, bacon bits, shredded cheese and tortilla strips.
5. Taco Bell Chipotle Steak Taco Salad
This salad weighs in at 900 calories and a total fat count of 57 grams, with 11 grams of saturated fat. The sodium level for this salad comes in at 1,700 milligrams. The list of ingredients for this salad include a fried tortilla shell bowl, grilled steak strips, refried beans, shredded cheddar, seasoned white rice, lettuce, diced tomatoes and reduced fat sour cream.
With many of these fast food salads, if you swap out fried chicken for grilled and skip the dressing, you can shave off a lot of calories, fat and sodium. Just remember to look at the nutritional information for those "healthy" alternatives before you order a salad at your next trip to a fast food restaurant.