Snacks The Best Fast Food Salads  

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

2
166 66
Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargril... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Salad
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

3
196 93
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled & ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled & Fruit Salad
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

4
215 111
Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar S... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad
Spicy chicken slices, romaine lettuce, Asiago cheese, croutons and caesar dressing

5
181 115
Panera Bread Strawberry Poppys... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad
Chicken, romaine, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh pineapple, Mandarin oranges, pecans & fat-free poppyseed dressing

6
194 133
McDonald's Southwest Salad wit... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
McDonald's Southwest Salad with Chicken
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

7
144 100
Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken S... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad
11 types of greens, blueberries, California strawberries, almonds, Asiago cheese, grilled chicken and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing with acai berry juice

8
110 71
Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicke... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
Chicken, mixed field greens, romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pecans, Gorgonzola, apple chips and a white balsamic apple vinaigrette

9
79 56
Wendy's BLT Cobb Salad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Wendy's BLT Cobb Salad
Applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, mixed greens and an avocado ranch dressing

10
61 39
Panera Bread BBQ Chopped Chick... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Panera Bread BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad
Chicken, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, black beans, tortilla strips, a BBQ ranch dressing and BBQ sauce

11
63 45
Panera Bread Chopped Chicken C... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Panera Bread Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad
Chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, Applewood-smoked bacon, Gorgonzola, hard-boiled eggs and an herb vinaigrette

12
76 66
Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad
Choice of ground beef, steak or chicken, plus seasoned rice, cheddar cheese, refried beans, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, red tortilla strips, reduced fat sour cream and citrus salsa served in a crispy tortilla shell

13
68 60
McDonald's Bacon Ranch Salad w... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
McDonald's Bacon Ranch Salad with Chicken
Mixed greens with grape tomatoes, shaved carrots, jack and cheddar cheeses, hickory-smoked bacon and all-white meat crispy or grilled chicken

14
65 63
Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Ch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Chicken Salad
Spring salad mix, grilled chicken, red onions, shredded cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers

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55 52
Jack in the Box Southwest Chic... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Jack in the Box Southwest Chicken Salad
Mixed lettuce grilled or crispy chicken strips, shredded pepperjack cheese, black beans, red onions, grape tomatoes, roasted corn, creamy Southwest dressing and spicy corn sticks

16
61 61
Panera Bread Asian Sesame Chic... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Panera Bread Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Chicken, romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, crispy wonton strips and a reduced-sugar Asian sesame vinaigrette

17
45 45
Panera Bread Thai Chopped Chic... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Panera Bread Thai Chopped Chicken Salad
Chicken, romaine, wonton strips, fire-roasted edamame, red bell pepper, carrot, a Thai Chili Vinaigrette, seasoned grilled chicken, Thai cashews, fresh cilantro and a peanut drizzle

18
66 79
McDonald's Asian Salad with Ch... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
McDonald's Asian Salad with Chicken
Fresh greens, snow peas, mandarin oranges, almonds, crispy or grilled chicken slices and a sweet sesame ginger dressing

19
31 39
Carl's Jr. Cranberry, Apple, W... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Carl's Jr. Cranberry, Apple, Walnut Grilled Chicken Salad
Spring salad mix, grilled chicken, feta cheese, apple slices, dried cranberries, glazed walnuts and a raspberry vinaigrette

20
39 50
Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Salad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Salad
Lettuce blend, crispy chicken or roast chicken, shredded cheddar cheese, red onion, diced tomato and diced pepper bacon

21
33 45
Quiznos Harvest Chicken Salad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Quiznos Harvest Chicken Salad
Honey-dijon chicken, lettuce, grapes, apples, dried cranberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and an Acai vinaigrette dressing

22
28 39
Panera Bread Steak & Blue ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Panera Bread Steak & Blue Cheese Chopped Salad
Top sirloin, romaine, frizzled onions, tomatoes, gorgonzola and a blue cheese vinaigrette with a cabernet reduction

23
30 46
Del Taco Deluxe Taco Salad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Del Taco Deluxe Taco Salad
Choice of seasoned ground beef, steak or chicken plus refried beans, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, taco sauce in a crunchy tortilla shell

24
30 47
Boston Market Southwest Santa ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Boston Market Southwest Santa Fe Salad
Rotisserie chicken, mixed greens, romaine, fire-roasted corn, poblano pepper and black bean relish, tomatoes, onions, crisp corn tortilla strips, shredded Cheddar and chipotle cheddar dressing

25
30 47
Carl's Jr. Green Burrito Taco ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fast Food Salads
Carl's Jr. Green Burrito Taco Salad
A crispy tortilla shell filled with seasoned ground beef, refried beans, jack and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, salsa, hot sauce and sour cream