It is all too easy to assume that opting for a salad at your favorite chain restaurant is a healthy and responsible choice. Sadly, this is not always the case. In fact, oftentimes the salads served up at these venues are as egregiously unhealthy — sometimes more so — than their meaty, bready counterparts. Although they do offer the benefits of a few leafy greens, restaurant salads are frequently loaded with fried meats, fatty cheeses, and creamy, calorie-packed dressings, so exercise caution when ordering! Take a look at these 5 unhealthy restaurant salads that offer little to no nutritional benefit, and learn what you’d be better off ordering instead.
1. Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad
2. California Pizza Kitchen Moroccan Spiced Chicken Salad
Sodium-wise, it’s hard to make a positive choice here, even when sticking to the salad menu. Still, you would be much better off with a half-sized Caesar salad with grilled shrimp. This hearty meal has 320 calories, 20 grams of fat, 105 milligrams cholesterol, and 800 milligrams sodium.