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!
Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken SaladRed and green apples, roasted pecans, sweet dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, grilled chicken, lettuce mix and a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing
Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargrilled SaladRomaine 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
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled & Fruit SaladRomaine 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
Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar SaladSpicy chicken slices, romaine lettuce, Asiago cheese, croutons and caesar dressing
Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken SaladChicken, romaine, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh pineapple, Mandarin oranges, pecans & fat-free poppyseed dressing
McDonald's Southwest Salad with ChickenMixed 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
Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken SaladChicken, mixed field greens, romaine lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, pecans, Gorgonzola, apple chips and a white balsamic apple vinaigrette
Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad11 types of greens, blueberries, California strawberries, almonds, Asiago cheese, grilled chicken and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing with acai berry juice
Panera Bread Chopped Chicken Cobb SaladChicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, Applewood-smoked bacon, Gorgonzola, hard-boiled eggs and an herb vinaigrette
Taco Bell Fiesta Taco SaladChoice 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
Wendy's BLT Cobb SaladApplewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, mixed greens and an avocado ranch dressing
Panera Bread BBQ Chopped Chicken SaladChicken, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, black beans, tortilla strips, a BBQ ranch dressing and BBQ sauce
McDonald's Bacon Ranch Salad with ChickenMixed greens with grape tomatoes, shaved carrots, jack and cheddar cheeses, hickory-smoked bacon and all-white meat crispy or grilled chicken
Panera Bread Thai Chopped Chicken SaladChicken, 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
Panera Bread Asian Sesame Chicken SaladChicken, romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, crispy wonton strips and a reduced-sugar Asian sesame vinaigrette
Panera Bread Steak & Blue Cheese Chopped SaladTop sirloin, romaine, frizzled onions, tomatoes, gorgonzola and a blue cheese vinaigrette with a cabernet reduction
McDonald's Asian Salad with ChickenFresh greens, snow peas, mandarin oranges, almonds, crispy or grilled chicken slices and a sweet sesame ginger dressing
Jack in the Box Southwest Chicken SaladMixed lettuce grilled or crispy chicken strips, shredded pepperjack cheese, black beans, red onions, grape tomatoes, roasted corn, creamy Southwest dressing and spicy corn sticks
Arby's Chopped Farmhouse SaladLettuce blend, crispy chicken or roast chicken, shredded cheddar cheese, red onion, diced tomato and diced pepper bacon
Boston Market Mediterranean SaladRotisserie chicken, mixed greens, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and a sweet garlic vinaigrette
Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Chicken SaladSpring salad mix, grilled chicken, red onions, shredded cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers
Quiznos Harvest Chicken SaladHoney-dijon chicken, lettuce, grapes, apples, dried cranberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and an Acai vinaigrette dressing
Carl's Jr. Cranberry, Apple, Walnut Grilled Chicken SaladSpring salad mix, grilled chicken, feta cheese, apple slices, dried cranberries, glazed walnuts and a raspberry vinaigrette
Jack in the Box Chicken Club SaladMixed lettuce, grilled or crispy chicken strips, cucumber slices, red onions, grape tomatoes, crumbled bacon pieces, shredded cheddar cheese, a Bacon Ranch dressing and seasoned croutons
Quiznos Classic Cobb SaladChicken, lettuce bacon, hard-boiled eggs, bleu cheese and tomatoes