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 Red and green apples, roasted pecans, sweet dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, grilled chicken, lettuce mix and a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing
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
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
Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad Spicy chicken slices, romaine lettuce, Asiago cheese, croutons and caesar dressing
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
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
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
Wendy's BLT Cobb Salad Applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, mixed greens and an avocado ranch dressing
Panera Bread BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad Chicken, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, black beans, tortilla strips, a BBQ ranch dressing and BBQ sauce
Panera Bread Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad Chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, Applewood-smoked bacon, Gorgonzola, hard-boiled eggs and an herb vinaigrette
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
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
Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Chicken Salad Spring salad mix, grilled chicken, red onions, shredded cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers
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
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
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
Panera Bread Steak & Blue Cheese Chopped Salad Top sirloin, romaine, frizzled onions, tomatoes, gorgonzola and a blue cheese vinaigrette with a cabernet reduction
El Pollo Loco Chicken Tostada Salad Iceberg lettuce, chopped boneless chicken breast, jack cheese, pico de gallo salsa, pinto beans, sour cream and Spanish rice in a crispy tostada shell
Boston Market Mediterranean Salad Rotisserie chicken, mixed greens, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and a sweet garlic vinaigrette
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
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
Jack in the Box Chicken Club Salad Mixed 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 Caprese Chicken Salad Chicken, lettuce fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, tomatoes and an Italian cheese blend
Burger King Garden Salad Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, grilled or crispy chicken and cheese
Wendy's Baja Salad Mixed greens, fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, chili and a red jalapeno dressing