The Best Fast Food Salads

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The best fast food salads are the ones that taste good without relying on mounds of fried food to provide flavor (and calories). Finding a salad at a fast food restaurant is easy these days, but the battle remains for which is the best (and healthiest) fast food salad around. Anyone can make a simple garden salad or a Caesar salad, but these salads offer something more than the standard lettuce, tomatoes and cheese and are the best of the best out there.

Most fast food restaurants stick to a few trends with their salads offering Asian flavors, Southwest toppings, fruit and everyone's favorite bacon. Visit a fast-casual shop like Quiznos or Panera Bread and you'll find a wider variety of flavors and toppings.

Since they include vegetables rather than greasy hamburgers and fries, some of these items are also among healthy fast food options, not just among the best tasting fast food salads. Then again some only appear healthy on the surface, but actually pack in more fat and calories than a fried chicken dinner.

Be them healthy or something considered healthy in fast food connoisseur Epic Meal Time standards, these salads from a variety of fast food places are the best of the bunch. Who has good fast food salads? Know of a better fast food salad? Feel free to add it below!
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    Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

    Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken Sa... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
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    Red and green apples, roasted pecans, sweet dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, grilled chicken, lettuce mix and a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing
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    Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad

    Panera Bread Strawberry Poppys... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
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    Chicken, romaine, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh pineapple, Mandarin oranges, pecans & fat-free poppyseed dressing
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    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled & Fruit Salad

    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled & ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
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    Romaine and iceberg lettuce, grilled chicken, shredded red cabbage, carrots, shredded cheeses, strawberry slices, red grapes, red and green apple pieces, mandarin orange segments, harvest nut granola and a berry balsamic vinaigrette
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    Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad

    Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar S... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
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    Spicy chicken slices, romaine lettuce, Asiago cheese, croutons and caesar dressing
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    Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad

    Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken S... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
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    11 types of greens, blueberries, California strawberries, almonds, Asiago cheese, grilled chicken and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing with acai berry juice
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    Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

    Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicke... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
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    Chicken, mixed field greens, romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pecans, Gorgonzola, apple chips and a white balsamic apple vinaigrette
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    McDonald's Southwest Salad with Chicken

    McDonald's Southwest Salad wit... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
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    Mixed greens, grilled or crispy chicken, oven-roasted tomatoes, fire-roasted corn, black beans, poblano peppers, shredded cheese, chili lime tortilla strips and a lime wedge on the side
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    Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Salad

    Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargril... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
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    Romaine and iceberg lettuce, spicy grilled chicken, shredded red cabbage, carrots, vine-ripened grape tomatoes, a roasted corn and black bean relish, Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, tortilla strips and spicy dressing
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