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Chili's Salad Nutrition
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Thumbs up: Chili’s Grilled Chicken Salad 
Chili’s Lighter Choices menu serves up several healthy picks and the Grilled Chicken Salad tops the list. With 38 grams of protein, this hunger-busting salad is guaranteed to keep you full for hours. If that weren’t enough, back beans, tomatoes, and corn relish deliver a bonus 5 grams of filling fiber plus plenty of satisfying complex carbs. One serving is a respectable 430 calories. But, if you’d like to trim its 22 fat grams and 1,010 milligrams of sodium, ask for your dressing on the side and skip the cheese.

Thumbs Down: Quesadilla Explosion Salad 
Don’t let the grilled chicken fool you. Chili’s most popular salad clocks in at a gargantuan 1,410 calories. Complete with quesadilla wedges, it serves up 89 grams of hidden fat (of those, 26 are saturated). Sodium-wise it’s a nightmare too, with nearly 2,400 milligrams worth.


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