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The Top 10 Worst Restaurant Salads

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10/5/2013 6:00 AM   :  381 comments   :  250,219 Views



Everyone loves a top 10 list and many of them provide a good chuckle or two. Today we bring you 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!





Here is a top 10 list of some of the worst restaurant salads you just might be eating.

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 we missed?


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Comments

  • 381
    I make my own greek salad with home made salad dressing. And if I'm having it for dinner I add one chicken breast sliced on top. It is very filling and taste great. - 7/17/2014   9:48:37 AM
  • 380
    Glad I rarely eat out!!! - 6/26/2014   8:25:17 PM
  • 379
    i'm surprised at how many people are still choosing 'fat-free' dressing as a 'healthy' choice. that crap is loaded with sugar in addition to the weird stuff they put it to thicken it up. enjoy modest amounts of olive oil and leave the fat free alone. - 6/26/2014   9:32:33 AM
  • 378
    really the only place i'v bought a salad is denny's or mcdonalds hope their okay i cot the grilled chicken from denny's and the plain sid from micky d's - 6/25/2014   12:30:44 PM
  • 377
    My new fav is Wendy's Asian Cashew Chicken Salad. The half size comes in at only 230 calories. And since I usually use only half the dressing it comes down to about 210. The full size is great for dinner and under 500 calories. - 6/25/2014   10:55:33 AM
  • 376
    My favorite salad BEFORE I started looking at calorie/fat/sodium was always California Pizza Kitchen's Thai Crunch. They do offer a "half" version, but I used to get the full salad: 1230 calories, 83g fat, 1560mg sodium.
    Delicious, but deadly! - 6/25/2014   9:01:06 AM
  • 375
    Boston Pizza Crispy Chicken Pecan Salad! - 6/25/2014   8:37:48 AM
  • EVIE4NOW
    374

    Friday's Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad has 1020 calories and 1650 sodium and a total fat count of 71. Loved it.... until I saw the numbers. - 6/25/2014   6:47:23 AM
  • 373
    These numbers are why I so rarely order salads at restaurants. Even when you are trying to make a good choice there are tons of added calories. It is getting harder and harder to find a good mixed green salad without the extra toppings that add all the calories.

    I'd rather spend 1000+ calories on pizza and a good drink! - 6/6/2014   11:08:38 PM
  • 372
    I've never had any of the salads listed. I found out this past week, however, that the McDonald's southwest salad with grilled chicken and the whole packet of southwest dressing is only 390 calories! It's my new go-to when I don't feel like chopping veggies or I'm running short on time. - 6/6/2014   9:36:58 AM
  • 371
    Zaxby's salads -- worst sodium content ever. - 5/19/2014   9:47:39 AM
  • 370
    I love the Chili's salad and I am not surprised that it is so high in calories. I will have to save that one for a "treat". - 6/7/2013   10:10:26 AM
  • DELLMEL
    369
    I make my own salad. I don't go out and buy salads. Glad I don't looking at all those calories. - 6/5/2013   11:45:31 AM
  • 368
    I love the quesadilla explosion salad from Chili's but four or five years ago I learned about the nutritional values and that was it for me. I can't eat a whole days worth of calories in one meal. - 4/28/2013   1:20:52 PM
  • 367
    I love the quesadilla explosion salad from Chili's but four or five years ago I learned about the nutritional values and that was it for me. I can't eat a whole days worth of calories in one meal. - 4/28/2013   1:20:51 PM
  • 366
    This is shocking to me. I don't eat at any of these places, but I used to be a regular McDonald's guest. I thought I was making the right choices. Now the only time I go to McDonald's is to stop for a black coffee. Personally, I have learned the best way to judge the healthiness of a salad someplace is to think about where I am. Chili's and Ruby Tuesday? Really? If you walk in those places, counting calories is the least of your troubles. - 4/19/2013   11:54:50 AM
  • 365
    I didn't see Taco Bell salad in there I love their salad I know their salad have to be up there but all them salad you all had there do sound good . - 3/24/2013   9:49:25 PM
  • JILLO137
    364
    Omg...!! I never thought any kind of salad could have sooooo much calories!! - 3/17/2013   9:49:36 PM
  • PEETBRIT
    363
    Gasp! - 3/17/2013   6:10:55 PM
  • 362
    I have never eaten salads at any of these places. I prefer homemade because I have to watch my sodium intake. I'm appalled at these numbers! - 2/11/2013   9:48:51 PM
  • 361
    Wish I had read this article before ordering the Chili's Quesadilla Explosion Salad today. Good news is that I didn't eat the Quesadilla's, had 1/2 the salad for lunch and the other 1/2 for dinner and only used a small amount of dressing on the side. I will make a wiser decision next time. - 6/24/2012   8:38:17 PM
  • 360
    Never had any of those salads, never been to any of those places, hooray! - 6/24/2012   12:30:46 PM
  • SASTOW
    359
    I love the Chili's Quesadilla Explosion. But I do make changes. I don't eat the quesadillas (most of the calories are probably in the cheese and flour). I ask them to leave off any cheeses on the salad. I also ask for dressing on the side. This makes it more tolerable for sodium and calories. - 12/13/2011   10:01:32 AM
  • 358
    WOW!!! That is a shame!!! I look at this stuff and I am not surprised I am obese. I never knew how horrible SALADS could be before SP. Nowadays, I normally ignore foods I can't find calories on. - 12/8/2011   4:24:34 PM
  • 357
    Wholly cow!!! I thankfully, have never eaten one of these salads. I've never even been to any of the restaurants. - 12/8/2011   4:17:17 PM
  • 356
    Its these salads that cause people to say "you can't make healthy food taste good without making it unhealthy". Why can't restaurants understand that when we want a healthy option, we don't just want a "vegetable". If you deep-fry broccoli then cover it in cheese, it is not healthy anymore!
    That being said, these "unhealthiest salads" are calculated using the unhealthiest options available. I'm sure some of the toppings or dressings could be modified to make them at least reasonable as an eating-out choice. - 8/8/2011   12:30:11 PM
  • 355
    Once you start really looking at what you're eating at some these restuarants, it's shocking how much salt and fat is in the selections. - 4/10/2011   5:00:21 PM
  • 354
    Wow! I'm sad to say that I've eaten a couple of these in my past. (Not recently) I would typically only eat half of huge salads like this and get dressing on the side (fat free if possible), but even then, they are still far from being healthy with all of the 'toppings.' - 4/9/2011   4:43:55 PM
  • 353
    OMG! Most of these salads, would leave me with 200 calories or less left for the day. The #1 salad is actually more than my upper calorie level. - 2/5/2011   5:54:44 PM
  • SUNSET09
    352
    When I eat out, I hardly ever select the salads as there are so many other good and healthy options ot choose from. I enjoy the normal lettuce, tomato, carrots, cucumber and feta cheese salads, real simple. Thanx for the knowledge! - 5/10/2010   7:45:25 PM
  • 351
    I use to eat the Quiznos FlatBread Ceaser. While on Weight Watchers, I saw how many points one of those would cost me I decided I would stick to simple garden salads. - 5/10/2010   2:08:00 PM
  • MURAZAKI
    350
    This made me nauseous, 1000+ for a salad! If your dieting thats at least half your daily allowance, and for and oil drenched salad. I'd rather have a big mac if I'm going to be that unhealthy. - 5/10/2010   10:27:17 AM
  • 349
    I have to admit that I've never been a salad eater but I'm trying. I don't meat on my salads, just greens, and unfortunately I don't really like a lot of the veggies that go into salads so pretty much a salad for me is just lettuce, a little cheese and some egg with a fat free salad dressing. I used to only use Blue Cheese salad dressing but I've been good and have gotten away from using it. - 5/10/2010   9:20:37 AM
  • 348
    I've had the Chili's boneless buffalo chicken salad more than once. Unfortunately, it's delicious! I wish restaraunts would put calorie counts on everything. I would definitely think twice about something that kills my whole day's intake of calories! - 2/20/2010   3:05:40 PM
  • ANEWHEALTHYLIFE
    347
    These salads include their dressings right?
    I usually ask for the dressing on the side and then dip my fork in the dressing so each bite has a little added flavor. That usually makes the calories lower...BUT if these salads DON"T include their dressings and they are still 1,000 calories i'm in big trouble. eek. - 2/11/2010   7:13:22 AM
  • 346
    Ok the 1,000+ calories gets my attention but check out that fat grams on most of these!!! - 1/7/2010   2:26:57 PM
  • 345
    Never had one and never would. Why does a "salad" need all that junk? - 1/2/2010   1:31:12 PM
  • PALEROSE1
    344
    Has anyone ever tried the salads at IHOP? I eat there all the time and I don't whats in that salad. By the way they're delicious. - 12/26/2009   5:59:38 AM
  • 343
    Oh No! I eat the chili's cobb salad all the time. who would have thought it could be so bad?!? - 11/6/2009   5:09:09 PM
  • HANNA2LEDO
    342
    From the name of those salads itself, it really means it has a lot of ingreadients.I still believe that if we want to monitor the calories that we eat,we should be the one preparing it bec the lesser the oil, the healthier it will be.I guess Ceasar's & Vegetables Salad is still the best for me.Not to forget " a teaspoon of Olive oil a day is like an apple a day keeps our doctor away" . Its like being responsible and aware of the foods we want to eat.But if u really cant avoid it...once in a while will be alright....bec sometimes we have to have a cheat day, since our body also needs some of it. ;) - 10/28/2009   3:32:30 AM
  • BRIMOOR
    341
    I'm not suprised at all the the top 10 list although I've never heard of Chevy's. Especially seeing 2 of the 10 salads are from Chili's. Chili's I believe is up there on the list with the most fattening restaurant chains. I'm very aware of the ingredients and their nutrion value and when I go to a restaurant, I have a pretty good idea of 'how much' I'm getting of each nutrient in the food that I order. I believe a lot of the fat is coming mostly from the dressings and whatever ingredients that were added to the foods to make them worse than they actually are such as hydrogenerated butters and massive amounts of sodium. You have to take into consideration too of the salads that come prepared with salad dressing on the salad. A serving size of dressing is typcially 2 tbsp. and if you're ordering a 'dinner salad', that could have anywhere from 5-10 servings.

    Sorry this was so long, but as a Health Promotion major in school, I really enjoy learning about living a healthy lifestyle.

    Brian - 10/27/2009   12:16:24 AM
  • 340
    I try not to eat out simply because I do not know what I'm eating calorie and quality wise. - 10/24/2009   2:44:28 PM
  • 339
    I agree with post 338. How about someone rewrites this article, adds photos of the salad and the ingredients and where all the calories are and how we can eat that salad in a healthy manner. Like was all the dressing actually included. I always get the dressing on the side and barely use any. I also exclude croutons now that I am gluten free and I have asked for no cheese or on the side. I was once allergic to dairy and once I could eat cheese again they put way too much cheese on everything. Before that I could not have enough cheese and that is a ton of calories. - 10/22/2009   11:40:05 PM
  • JWENZEL723
    338
    Let's get an article like this telling us the 10 BEST salad choices at restaurants! - 10/21/2009   10:18:28 AM
  • 337
    Wow!! Having knowledge is so important when deciding what to order. Those salads are more than I eat in a day! - 10/20/2009   4:22:34 PM
  • 336
    I think I may have eaten one of the ones at chilis maybe the explosion one? but im a vegetarian and have them take the meat out. still its a lot even without it. didnt know it was that much! - 10/20/2009   10:38:37 AM
  • 335
    OMG! These salads are crazy. I have actually never eaten any of them, and don't plan to in future. Just think how naive I was before Sparkpeople. - 10/20/2009   2:45:25 AM
  • MOMSHOME
    334
    I'd ask what the BEST 10 are, but I think that's self explanitory. Just yummy assorted greens & various fresh veggies & fat free dressing. What could be easier? - 10/19/2009   11:33:56 PM
  • PAINTFAIRY
    333
    I'm vegetarian and about 9 outta 10 times, those really bad fattening salad's have meat in them. How bout go for the side salads instead? - 10/19/2009   5:18:25 PM
  • 332
    I can honestly and happily say I've never eaten any of these salads. I make yummy salads at home for myself with fake chicken (I don't eat real poultry of any kind), cheese and half an avocado, and it only costs me 400 calories. This is one of the main reasons I don't enjoy eating out anymore, unless I know ahead of time what the damage is. Chefs can't be trusted not to load everything with fat and salt! - 10/19/2009   3:24:55 PM

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