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11 Shocking Salads

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11. Burger King Tendercrisp Garden Salad
You have to love the adjectives they come up with, like “tendercrisp!” What exactly does that mean? If it’s the chicken they’re referring to, what that means is “Fried Whole Muscle Breast” as described in the ingredients list. I guess “tendercrisp” sounds more appealing than “fried whole muscle breast.” Add to that lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and not one, not two, but three kinds of cheese–and you’ve got one-third of your calories for the day, over half of your fat allowance, and oopsie, you’re 17 percent over your sodium level.

Calories: 670
Total Fat (g): 45
Sat Fat (g): 9
Sodium (mg): 1740

10. Wendy’s Chicken BLT Salad with Homestyle Chicken Fillet
You could eat a regular BLT sandwich for around 400 calories, or you can eat this BLT salad for double the calories. Wendy’s boasts that “bacon, lettuce and tomato never had it so good”–that is, if bacon, lettuce, and tomato enjoy the company of chicken chunks,  cheddar cheese, garlic croutons and honey-dijon dressing. It seems to kind of take away from the simplicity, and relative healthiness, that is the BLT.

Calories: 790
Calories from Fat: 490
Total Fat (g): 54
Sat Fat (g): 14
Sodium (mg): 1690

9. Jack in the Box Crispy Chicken Club Salad
Seriously, why eat this salad? Lettuce with crispy chicken strips, cucumber slices, red onions, grape tomatoes, crumbled bacon pieces, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon ranch dressing and seasoned crouton–really?! You could eat a Jumbo Jack hamburger and small french fries for the same calorie count, decreased fat grams, and 727 less mg of sodium!

Calories: 873
Total Fat (g):  59
Sat Fat (g): 13
Sodium (mg): 2179

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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6:29PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

6:17PM PDT on May 18, 2014

never heard of any of those not even queensland one and i liev in australia

8:23AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:53AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

You mean people go to places like Burger King or Applebee's and believe anything they order there is going to be "healthy"?


If this is true, Americans have a truly frightening ability to fool themselves and/or are really ignorant about their food and how it's made..

6:03AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011


3:34AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Gee the article on the worst coffee drinks and this one on salads is tough.I love the fast food salads and those fun fattening coffee drinks!

5:47PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

GO THE HOMEMADE SALAD - you know the old fashioned one with lettuce (of any kind), tomato, cucumber, olives, carrot,
fennell anything that comes from a vege patch... some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinigar - laughing...

10:38PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Another great article. Thanks for sharing, lost my appetite a bit

6:37PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Well, fast food and salads don't really mix well anyway in my opinion. So is it really a stretch that they are so bad?

6:57AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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