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The Best Fast-Food Salads

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Looking for a fast lunch? Here, our quick picks for the healthiest drive-thru salads at McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and more.

Drive-Through Dos

Some fast-food salads pack more fat than a cheeseburger. FITNESS advisory board member Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, chose these healthy meals for their high flavor and low saturated fat. Use the calorie-cutting tips to achieve nutrition counts listed.

At McDonald's: Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken

345 calories, 16.5g fat, 5.25g saturated
Bacon makes it seem naughty, but the portion keeps it nice -- if you use only half the dressing.

At Wendy's: Mandarin Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken Fillet

385 calories, 18g fat, 2.25g saturated
Almonds supply lots of crunch, so nix the noodles and use half the Oriental dressing.

At Burger King: Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad

390 calories, 20g fat, 4.5g saturated
Three cheeses and garlic croutons -- yum! Just opt for the light Italian dressing.

At Taco Bell: Chicken Fiesta Taco Salad

420 calories, 16g fat, 5g saturated
Say adios to the tortilla shell and this cheesy bowl becomes a safe bet.

At Quiznos: Black & Bleu Flatbread Salad

340 calories, 10g fat, 5g saturated
Skip the flatbread, and this stick-to-your-ribs salad (steak and blue cheese!) gets a thumbs-up.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2009.


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anonymous wrote:

Are the calories listed for the salid as served, or the sugested amended version?

1/4/2012 10:14:29 AM Report Abuse

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