Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Food For Thought: The Top 10 Worst Restaurant Salads

Everyone loves a top 10 list and many of them provide a good chuckle or two. Here is a more serious top 10 list that instead of a chuckle, may make your gasp. Why? Here are 10 seemingly innocent salads that contain more than 1,000 calories each!

Number 10

Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Florentine Salad – 1,020 calories/17 grams/2,830 mg sodium

Number 9

Quiznos Chicken Caesar Flatbread Salad – 1,020 calories/69 grams fat/2,120 mg sodium

Number 8

Quiznos Roasted Chicken Flatbread Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing – 1,070 calories/71 grams fat/1,770 mg sodium

Number 7

Chili's Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad – 1,070 calories/77 grams fat/4,380 mg sodium

Number 6

Chili's Southwestern Cobb Salad – 1,080 calories/71 grams/2,650 mg sodium

Number 5

Ruby Tuesday's Carolina Chicken Salad – 1,129 calories/71 grams fat

Number 4

Baja Fresh Charbroiled Steak Tostada Salad – 1,230 calories/63 grams fat/2,380 mg sodium

Number 3

Chili's Quesadilla Explosion Salad – 1,390 calories/89 grams fat/2,710 mg sodium

Number 2

Chevy's Fresh Mex Grilled Fajita Salad made with Chicken, Carnitas, Shrimp or Steak - 1,450-1,620 calories/27-37 grams fat/1,570-2,530 mg sodium

And the Number 1 worst restaurant salad you may be eating is….

Chevy's Fresh Mex Tostada Salad with Chicken, Carnitas or Steak - 1,550-1,720 calories/37-47 grams fat/2,480-3,310 mg sodium

Sometimes you eat at restaurants that do not provide nutrition information for their recipes. You can evaluate how healthy a salad is based on the ingredients it includes to help you make a wise choice.

Be honest – which one of these salads have you had? Are there any on the list that surprised you? Are there others over 1,000 calories that were missed?


  1. ACK!!!!!!!! and I LOVE #'s 5 and 7...ohwell..I really wonder about another love of mine now..the Zaxby salad. Thanks for the info!

  2. Wow!
    "Chevy's Fresh Mex Tostada Salad with Chicken, Carnitas or Steak - 1,550-1,720 calories/37-47 grams fat/2,480-3,310 mg sodium "

    I did not know it had that many grams of fat and that many calories. You hear the term salad and you automatically thin health food!I don't think I will be eating this salad anymore! Thanks for the information!

  3. i have had Chili's Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad, but it was good. i only get it once in a while

  4. -Sob- but I LOVE buffalo chicken ANYTHING and apparently can no longer labor under the delusion that salad+ 'lean' chicken= good for me...dang.

  5. I never order salads when I go out to eat. When I get the chance to get out of the house I want to have something a little more substantial.

    Some of those salads sound really calorie high, but maybe they taste good? Most of those places are near where I live though.

  6. I meant to say most of those places are NOT where I live (sorry about that)!

  7. It's so depressing. You think you're being "good" and in reality you would have been better off eating the big mac and french fries! Some of these I didn't realize were so terrible thanks for bringing together this list. Definitely "food for thought!" Thanks!

  8. Thanks for the heads up! I'm always amazed at how something that can be good for you in theory can be so high in fat and calories. I never would have thought these would be so crazy!

  9. Oh man! #6, #3 and #2 all are on my list of favorite restaurant foods. I guess if you think of it as a splurge even though its a salad its ok, as long as you don't think these salads are healthy options.


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