The Best Fast Food Salads to Order When You’re Eating Healthy
Wondering what the best fast food salad is? No worries—we've chosen the top veggie-filled, protein-packed options at popular restaurants so you can eat healthy on the go.
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Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad
Eat more “chikn” (and more veggies) with this satisfying salad. As the name suggests, it looks straight out of a farmers market stall with baby greens, red and green apples, strawberries, blueberries and even a smattering of harvest nut granola. In the mood for something else? Order one of these delicious dishes from the Chick-fil-A secret menu.
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Subway Turkey Breast Salad
Did you know you can make any sandwich a salad at Subway? We love the chopped turkey breast option for a punch of protein (it has 12 grams!). Whatever you end up getting, just avoid the Italian sub—it’s one of the nine foods that nutritionists never order at fast food restaurants.
Chipotle Chicken Salad
Lighten up your favorite burrito by taking all of the fresh fillings (think pico de gallo, fajita veggies, black beans) and plopping them on a bed of romaine lettuce. And don’t forget a scoop of guac even though, yes, we know it’s extra. Psst: Make these tasty Chipotle copycat recipes at home.
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McDonald’s Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad
Eating healthy at McDonald’s is a lot easier—and tastier—than you’d think. The Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad is fewer than 300 calories and bursting with fiesta-worthy flavor thanks to its seasoned blend of black beans, peppers and tomatoes. If you want to switch up your order occasionally, ask for one of these foods off the McDonald’s secret menu.
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Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
You really can’t go wrong with any of Panera’s salads, but the Asian Sesame Chicken is one of the most delicious and nutritious. Not only will you feel full for hours thanks to the juicy chicken but you’ll also get a helping of healthy fats from the sliced almonds. Want to make a copycat version at home? Here are our favorite Panera recipes.
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Taco Bell Power Menu Bowl
Motion to make Taco (Salad) Tuesday a thing. You can customize this bowl with whatever veggies and toppings you’d like, but if you go with the classic combo, you’ll get the most protein power. It packs 27 grams from the grilled chicken, black beans and cheese. P.S. Did you know Taco Bell is actually one of the healthiest fast food chains?
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Arby’s Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad
Bacon makes everything better—including Arby’s healthiest menu item. The roast turkey farmhouse salad—coming in at just 240 calories—is topped with the chain’s famous pepper bacon. Bonus: You might not even have to pay for your meal if you follow these hacks to getting free food from popular restaurants.
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Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Chicken Salad
To make this already good-for-you salad even better (it gives you 32 grams of protein for fewer than 300 calories), skip the dressing and croutons. And for vegetarians looking for a healthier option, Carl’s Jr. just added the plant-based (and vegan) Beyond Burger to its menu.
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Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Salad
Sure, Jack in the Box may have one of the best fast food cheeseburgers in the country, but it also has some healthier dishes, too. Like the grilled chicken salad which contains both all-white-meat chicken and plenty of antioxidants thanks to grape tomatoes, carrots and crunchy cucumbers atop a bed of greens.