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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.

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P.F. Chang’s

Thumbs Up: P.F. Chang’s Thai Basil Green Salad with Ginger Lime Vinaigrette 
An exotic mix of greens, grape tomatoes, daikon radishes, Thai basil, and lotus root makes this one of our skinniest salads with only 140 calories and 4.5 grams of fat – including the dressing. While the 4 grams of fiber can help keep you full, for even more staying power order yours with chicken. Sure, it will set you back an extra 240 calories, but in return you’ll rack up a whopping 35 grams of protein.

Thumb's Down: Thai Chicken Noodle Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing
Despite good-for-you ingredients like grilled lemongrass chicken, mangos, and bean sprouts, high-cal add-ons like rice noodles and Thai peanut dressing send this salad over the top. The result: 900 calories and 38 fat grams. Slim yours down by ditching the peanut sauce and drizzle with a little rice wine vinegar and low-sodium soy sauce instead.

 

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