We analyzed the menus of America's 25 largest fast-food and fast-casual restaurants to identify each chain's salad menu item with the highest calorie count. Find out who fared worst.
Chipotle Mexican Grill boasts a menu based on “food with integrity,” as the company’s motto goes.
As Chipotle’s website puts it:
We’re all about simple, fresh food without artificial flavors or fillers. Just genuine raw ingredients and their individual, delectable flavors.
Just don’t assume that means Chipotle’s menu is always better for your waistline.
Even the salad can run you close to 1,400 calories. That’s hundreds more than the most calorie-laden salads offered by many of Chipotle’s competitors — and more than half a day’s worth of calories for most people. (WebMD reports that adults should consume 2,000 to 2,800 calories per day, depending on their height, age, gender and activity level.)
We analyzed the menus of America’s 25 largest fast-food and fast-casual restaurants to identify the five worst salads based on calorie count.
We’ve also included the worst offenders’ fat and sodium counts because, as it turns out, those numbers often surpass what anyone should consume in an entire day.
Keep in mind that these salads vary in size, which may at least partially account for why some salads have more fat, sodium and calories than others.
Chipotle Mexican Grill’s salad
For the salad, ordered with meat (carnitas option); fillings (white rice, black beans and fajita vegetables options); and toppings (roasted chili-corn salsa, sour cream, cheese, guacamole and vinaigrette options):
- Calories: 1,365
- Total fat: 83 grams
- Sodium: 2,970 milligrams
Zaxby’s The Cobb
For The Cobb – Fried (comes with fried chicken), ordered with Mediterranean dressing:
- Calories: 975
- Fat: 60.5 grams
- Sodium: 2,885 milligrams
- More nutrition info: zaxbys.com
Jack in the Box’s Southwest Chicken Salad
For the Southwest Chicken Salad w/ Crispy Chicken Strips, ordered with creamy Southwest dressing and gourmet seasoned croutons:
- Calories: 770
- Fat: 50 grams
- Sodium: 2,110 milligrams
- More nutrition info: jackinthebox.com
Chick-fil-A’s Cobb Salad
- Calories: 740
- Fat: 54 grams
- Sodium: 1,890 milligrams
McDonald’s Premium Bacon Ranch Salad
For the Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken, ordered with Newman’s Own ranch dressing:
- Calories: 690
- Fat: 45 grams
- Sodium: 1,530 milligrams
Have you ever eaten or seen or heard of a fast-food salad that could top these in terms of calories? Let us know below or on our Facebook page.