8 Most Fattening Salads to Avoid ...


Did you know that the most fattening salads can contain more calories (and more of them from fat) than a bacon cheeseburger?

We see the word “salad” and automatically think “healthy,” but in some cases, that’s just not the case, especially when you’re dining at a big chain restaurant.

Whose menus feature these diet disasters, the most fattening salads?

Let’s find out…

1. Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

Calories: 1390

Calories from fat: 882 (98g)

I almost choked on my green tea when I read that calorie count — that’s half the calories you’re supposed to consume in an entire day, right there in this salad, landing it at the top of my list of the most fattening salads.2

Cut out more than half the fat by ordering it without the dressing.

2. California Pizza Kitchen Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Salad

Calories: 1390

Calories from fat: 739 (82g)

With several of their salads containing more than 1000 calories, California Pizza Kitchen is what I call a multiple offender.

This particular salad, though, is the worst of the bunch, with tying with Applebee’s in number of calories, though slightly lower in fat.

If you just can’t pass on this salad, share it (and half the calories) with a friend.2

3. Chili’s Chicken Quesadilla Explosion Salad

Calories: 1370

Calories from fat: 801 (89g)

This salad is horrifyingly fattening, more so than the others because it contains grilled chicken, which may fool people into thinking it’s healthy.

A better salad, with about half the calories, but just as much flavor, would be the Caribbean salad with shrimp.

It’s still pretty calorie-rich, but it’s a much better choice.

4. Baja Fresh Chicken Caesar Salad with Black Beans & Flour Tortilla Strips

Calories: 1359

Calories from fat: 345 (37g)

Don’t let the grilled chicken and black beans fool you: this isn’t a healthy salad by a long shot.2

Yes, it’s lower in fat than most of the other salads on my list, but it’s still loaded with calories and sodium (3190g).

Make this salad a little healthier by opting out of the tortilla strips and the Cotija cheese.

Ruby Tuesday Carolina Chicken Salad
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