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The Best Fast Food Salads

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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  • Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Salad
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    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 Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
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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
  • Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad
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    Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad

    Spicy chicken slices, romaine lettuce, Asiago cheese, croutons and caesar dressing
  • Chick-fil-A Chargrilled & Fruit Salad
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    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
  • Panera Bread BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad
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    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
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    Panera Bread Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad

    Chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, Applewood-smoked bacon, Gorgonzola, hard-boiled eggs and an herb vinaigrette
  • Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
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    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
  • Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad
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    Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad

    Chicken, romaine, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh pineapple, Mandarin oranges, pecans & fat-free poppyseed dressing
  • McDonald's Southwest Salad with Chicken
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    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
  • Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad
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    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
  • Wendy's BLT Cobb Salad
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    Wendy's BLT Cobb Salad

    Applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, mixed greens and an avocado ranch dressing
  • Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad
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    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
  • Panera Bread Thai Chopped Chicken Salad
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    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
  • McDonald's Bacon Ranch Salad with Chicken
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    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
  • Panera Bread Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
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    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
  • McDonald's Asian Salad with Chicken
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    McDonald's Asian Salad with Chicken

    Fresh greens, snow peas, mandarin oranges, almonds, crispy or grilled chicken slices and a sweet sesame ginger dressing
  • Jack in the Box Southwest Chicken Salad
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    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 Steak & Blue Cheese Chopped Salad
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    Panera Bread Steak & Blue Cheese Chopped Salad

    Top sirloin, romaine, frizzled onions, tomatoes, gorgonzola and a blue cheese vinaigrette with a cabernet reduction
  • Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Salad
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    Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Salad

    Lettuce blend, crispy chicken or roast chicken, shredded cheddar cheese, red onion, diced tomato and diced pepper bacon
  • Del Taco Deluxe Taco Salad
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    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
  • Boston Market Mediterranean Salad
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    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
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    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
  • Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Chicken Salad
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    Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Chicken Salad

    Spring salad mix, grilled chicken, red onions, shredded cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Wendy's Baja Salad
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    Wendy's Baja Salad

    Mixed greens, fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, chili and a red jalapeno dressing
  • Boston Market Southwest Santa Fe Salad
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    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