100 lb. Club - Which Fast Food Salad Do You Like Best??

Ivanna B. Skinny
06-14-2004, 08:30 AM
I really like McD's salads with grilled chicken, shaved parmasan, carrots, and balsamic vinnegrette. :hun: I havent tried any of Wendys , although Ive heard that the spinich salad is excellent. Whats your favorite?

06-14-2004, 09:18 AM
I LOVE the Burger King Fire Grilled Garden Chicken Salads. I have them at least 3 times a week for lunch. With FF Ranch dressing they are only 250 calories!!

Mc Donalds are good too. The only thing about Wendys is that their calorie content seems high for a salad..

I am just Thrilled that these fast food resturaunts are finally getting on the band wagon!

06-14-2004, 10:03 AM
I voted other because I like my Panera Bread salads. They have a few types, and the Asian chicken is pretty reasonable (especially if you omit the wontons, which I don't like anyway). Most of the salads seem to drive up their calorie counts in eiter croutons/wontons, or dressing, and you can omit and substitute to make them more reasonable. Though I still also eat chicken ceasar salads with the dressing.

My second favorite salads are at Wendy's. I love the spring mix, though usually if I'm getting just a plain old salad like that I get it at a grocery store for a bit cheaper. But it's a good choice if nothing is around.

I used to love the McDonal's garden salad shaker with their 35 calorie dressing packet. Boy, I probably ate those 4 or 5 times a week! Alas, they've been replaced. *sniff*

I'm going to have to try the BK salads now that they've been suggested. There's a BK near my house that I only found after living here about 9 months, heh.

06-14-2004, 12:30 PM
subways has an awesome salad. the club salad. very large and if you use your own light dressing you can really keep it down in calories and everything. mcdonalds is my second choice.

06-14-2004, 12:44 PM
Living out in the middle of Oklahoma I have mcdonald's and subway around here. If I want a salad I usually just buy the stuff and make it myself here at work. Much cheaper and just as good tasting. I have a george foreman grill for the chicken.

06-15-2004, 05:11 AM
oh my, all your descriptions are making me jealous.....I'm not sure we have such things here in the UK....maybe mcdonalds? I've never really eaten fast food, but its good to know that there might be a healthy option if I need one!

06-16-2004, 11:44 AM
well, wendy's is winning so i'll tell you why i voted for them: i LOVE thier taco supremo salad. i don't let them give me the chips, and i don't put the sour cream on. most of the time i don't even use the salsa they give you as dressing because the chili on top is dressing enough. it fits very well with the south beach plan.

i wasn't the biggest fan of the mcdonald's salads. only tried it once. and subway's were even more dissapointing. not fresh enough.

and i looked up the calories for jack and the box's salads and have decided to stay far away! the greek salad is something like 700 calories! yikes! bet it is tasty though. ;)

06-16-2004, 01:36 PM
I tried a grilled chicken salad from McDonalds. Hated it!! The chicken was so loaded with sodium it was awful. On top of that, the only low cal dressing they had was the balsamic dressing and that was way, way to salty for my taste also. Later in the evening I blew up like a cow with water retention. I won't have one there again. I have not tried salads from anywhere else. I figure I can make a huge salad at home for half the price of buying one.

06-16-2004, 10:18 PM
I'm with Holly. That taco salad is my fave and I just had one last night. I don't eat the tacos, sour cream or usually the salsa either. Since dh usually picks mine up and brings it home, I often have a stash of chips and salsa in case someone is here for a bit.

06-17-2004, 01:15 AM
Wendy's Taco Salad without the sour cream or chips is my favorite. I also like the Subway's roast chicken breast salad - the one in our community is also super fresh and made to order which is nice. McDonalds is my very least favorite - always old and stale, yik. The best, my own spinach and strawberry with roast chicken mmm.


06-17-2004, 09:06 AM
ohhhh Jenaya... That sounds awesome... Spinich and strawberry with roast chicken... Im gonna have to try that out.. What type of dressing do you use if any on that?

06-17-2004, 09:45 AM
I really love taco salads, so I tried Micky D's and there fiesta salad was pretty good. And I like Taco Bells salads too.

06-17-2004, 10:33 AM
Okay. Tried the BK salad, a garden supreme with fire-grilled chicken. It was pretty good, nice and fresh, and I love that the chicken was actually served warm in a pouch that you added to the salad. I had the sweet onion dressing and included the little croutons so it was fairly high calorie (though worked great into my day, I like salads with lots of stuff on it as a meal). The downside was the sodium. I looked on the site and my god, I think it had all the sodium you were supposed to eat in a day, practically!

Next on my list to try is Wendy's taco supremo salad. I love salads, and I think it's great that fast food places are starting to get with the program and offer decent ones for a change. I remember 10 years ago salads were pathetic at these places.

06-17-2004, 12:42 PM
I am with ya'll on the Wendy's Taco salad minus chips, sour cream, and salsa. Its a complete meal- complex carbs, protein, and veggies.

I also love the salad from the greek place its called the Athenian and has that same quality- complex carbs from a whole wheat pita, I measure out 4 oz. of lamb meat they put on top, and 2 cups of their veggies (yum cumbers and tomatoes with a bit of feta).

I think Mc Donald's sucks too, I don't know where they get their chicken from but its not a farm. :crazy:


06-17-2004, 12:49 PM
I usually do the FF Ranch and don't eat the garlic croutons.. It brings the total down to 250 cal.. eeewww I never checked the sodium... I should start doing that more. Does sodium make you retain water.. I know sodium isn't good for you but I don't really know all the reasons.. Anyone have any info?

06-17-2004, 12:55 PM
I just want to clairfy what I meant about sodium in the above post, I know it causes hypertension, water retention etc. I was curious to see if it effects weight loss (like calorie intake and carb intake do). Sorry.. I was having a blonde moment

06-17-2004, 01:55 PM
I know for me it causes me water retention. I don't know about anybody else. And, from cutting back so much on sodium when I started the lifestyle change, when I eat something so loaded with sodium I swell up like crazy.

06-17-2004, 02:10 PM
Yeah, Tammy, same here -- I puff up like nobody's business -- very pretty. And now that I've completely overhauled my diet, I can't imagine eating the sodium I used to. Obviously I'm just speaking for myself, but I changed my diet not only to meet my weight loss goals, but to live a healthy life for the rest of my life, and the kind of sodium they put in that stuff just is just not appealing to me anymore. Not to say that I'll never in my life eat another serving of french fries as a very special treat :lol: but now I'm always looking at the big picture. So I forgo those fast food joints entirely, and in restaurants I stick to oil and vinegar dressing. I eat 2 huge salads every day, but I make them myself, bringing one of them to work. I make a yummy balsamic vinegar and mint concoction that's a real staple, but I mix it up since I eat so many salads.

06-17-2004, 02:19 PM
Salt is one area that I have problems with.. I was raised in a house that salt goes on everything.. What a terrible habit to try and break. I am a salt freak. I am so embarrased about it too. You know how some people hide smoking for fear that people will think they are "bad"? That's how I feel about using salt.. I have tried the substitutes... They just do nothing for me. I need help!! Anyone know of over salters anonymous? I've got to do something!

06-17-2004, 05:34 PM
Gretchen--I'm just like you on the salt. Now my parents cut out most salt a few years back when my dad's BP was really, really high. Now she rarely cooks with it and will salt her food and dad just flat doesn't eat it.
I've been cutting back. I know I will never give up my salt on baked potatoes, but a few foods I will eat without salting. It's weird because when I was PG I was able to give it up (except on my sliced tomatoes I craved) with no problems. Now I will at least take a bite or two of something and try to really enjoy the food before dousing it with the white stuff.

06-24-2004, 01:47 AM
Hi Gretchen,

Sorry, I haven't been hanging around much lately. For the spinach and strawberry meal, I use a oil, vinegar and Splenda dressing with poppy seeds. It is awesome. If you want the recipe, PM me and I will send it to you.


06-24-2004, 11:59 AM
I really like the Wendy's Asian Chicken salad, but it's pretty high in calories. I also like the baby spinach and chicken salad at Subway, but it's SO expensive (almost $5) for such a small portion.