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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.

California Pizza Kitchen Salad Nutrition
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California Pizza Kitchen

Thumbs Up: California Pizza Kitchen Half Roasted Veggie Salad 
CPK scores with this vegetable bowl extraordinaire. Thanks to loads of hearty veggies, a half order is generous enough to keep you satisfied without tipping the scales. Artichoke hearts, asparagus, eggplant, peppers, corn, and sundried tomatoes add up to more nutrients than we can mention – all for only 300 calories and 396 milligrams of sodium. Sure, diced avocado and Dijon balsamic vinaigrette provide 20 grams of fat, but it’s mostly the heart-healthy unsaturated kind, so go ahead and dig in. Top yours with a 90-calorie order of grilled shrimp and score a bonus 25 grams of protein.

Thumbs Down: Full Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Salad
Overflowing with roasted butternut squash, dates, avocados, beets, chopped egg, and cranberries, this bowl looks like a wise choice. In reality, it could be one of the most fattening salads out there. The reason: Sheer size. When your salad is as gigantic as this one, it has more of everything like toasted almonds, dried fruit, and Champagne vinaigrette. That translates to an over-the-top 1,370 calories, 82 grams of fat (12 saturated), and 1,040 milligrams of sodium. For a healthier option, choose the half salad and ask for the dressing on the side.

 

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