I have tried salads from American food chains and these are definitely worth trying
Some popular American deli restaurants offer greener options, but some are more worth your time than others.
I sampled salad options from five of America’s most popular fast-food chains to determine which ones are definitely worth trying and which establishments should just stick to what they know best – burgers and fries.
Wendy’s apple pecan salad is one of my favorite things on their menu, surprisingly. They mix romaine lettuce with red and green apples, tangy cranberries, tangy blue cheese, and savory grilled chicken.
The starter is topped with a pomegranate vinaigrette, which perfectly balances the whole meal. Where Wendy’s lacks in the fries department, they make up for it with the freshness and flavor of their salads.
As far as healthy fast food options go, I’ve vouched for this one for years.
For many fast food chains, salads are an afterthought, but I feel like Zaxby’s is making efforts to improve the quality of its famous “Zalads”.
The portions are large, the texture of the vegetables is always fresh, and the fried chicken provides the perfect contrast to the crisp greens.
Although my favorite Buffalo Blue Zalad has since been discontinued, their cobb option still delivers as it’s served with hard-boiled eggs, fried or grilled chicken, tomato, shredded cheese and fried onions on a bed of greenery.
If you’re looking to get your green fix without sacrificing the convenience of a drive-thru, Zaxby’s is also a viable option.
Even though Chick-fil-A has always ranked among the best restaurants in the country for eight consecutive years, the chain has been lacking in the salad section.
When it comes to Chick-fil-A, their grilled chicken is consistently inferior to their traditional fried nuggets. Their market salad is similar to Wendy’s, made with fresh fruit and blue cheese on a bed of mesclun.
However, the flavor profile and texture of vegetables and fruits still miss the mark, even if it will cost you a few dollars more than their competitors.
For me, their best healthy option is actually their Kale Crunch Salad, a simple combination of kale, cabbage, and toasted almonds, which is only offered as an option.
If you’re rounding up the Chick-fil-A drive-thru, stick to what the chain does best, which is its classic chicken sandwich and nuggets.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has grown in popularity over the years for being a fast-food chain where you can indulge in filling bowls under the sign of being “healthy.”
Their salad option is a build-it-yourself trial where you select a protein of your choice and add whatever toppings you desire.
There is a lot of room for success and error in this method, but the downside for me is the overall price of the food. Chipotle is notoriously expensive for a fast food chain, and when you add guacamole and extra protein, among other ingredients, your salad can easily cost upwards of $15.
Chipotle’s food, in my opinion, is mediocre, and with all the toppings added, it reminds me of a deconstructed burrito more than an actual salad. However, it can be a good option if you are in a rush.
Subway has over 37,000 locations around the world, making it a familiar option even in the most remote corners of the world. Their salads, however, are nothing to write home about.
The sweetness of Subway’s less-than-fresh vegetable selection is much more easily disguised in their sandwiches. When left alone, lettuce and toppings are lacking.
Despite being one of the cheaper options on this list, the Subway salad lacks both flavor and texture. You’ll have to drown it in an obscene amount of sauce or dressing to enjoy it, which I think defeats the purpose of a salad.
In a nutshell, it’s best to stick to the subs when frequenting this chain.