Nutrition Made Easy

Our nutrition experts and registered dietitians translate the latest nutrition research into tips you can use to eat healthier every day.

The Best and Worst Restaurant Salads

That bowl of greens may not be as good for you as you think. We navigate the best and worst restaurant salads and share our top picks.

Panera Bread Salad Nutrition
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Thumbs Up: Panera Bread Half Fuji Apple Chicken Salad 
Most restaurant salads are big enough to serve 2. So why not go with Panera’s half-sized Fuji Apple Chicken Salad? Made with greens, tomatoes, onions, all-natural antibiotic-free chicken, pecans, apple chips, and gorgonzola it packs a super-satisfying 16 grams of protein plus 3 grams of fiber for only 280 calories. And with 350 milligrams of sodium, it’s a bargain compared to most other salads. If you’re concerned about the 17 grams of fat, ask for yours sans cheese.

Thumb's Down: Steak & Blue Cheese Chopped Salad 
Seared sirloin steak, frizzled onions, plus gorgonzola jack up the stats on this whole salad to 790 calories and a jaw-dropping 54 grams of fat (16 saturated). And the 1,280 milligrams of sodium doesn’t help either. Still interested? Go halvesies for 390 calories and 27 fat grams.


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