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How Many Calories Are in Restaurant Salads?

How Many Calories Are in These Restaurant Salads?

Estimating the number of calories for menu items is a challenging task, even for eaters who think they have an eye for making healthy restaurant choices. One person's 400-calorie estimate could be another person's 700-calorie guess.

These dressed up greens aren't necessarily the worst salads in America, but some of their nutritional stats are pretty surprising. Can you guess how many calories are in these salads? Take the quiz!

How Many Calories Are in These Restaurant Salads?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I've recently discovered how awesome Balsamic Vinaigrette is. I make it at home, so I know what exactly is going into it. Many of the store bought dressings are mostly corn syrup and have over 300mg of salt per serving. That's what you're getting at a restaurant too. To be completely honest, over the last few months I've stopped eating out as much and have been feeling much better. I'm probably not eating as much salt, fat, and sugar as I was. Restaurants load their dishes with junk so they taste awesome. You can make an equally awesome dish at home that are healthier using olive oil instead of butter, sea salt instead of table salt, and lots of spices. Cheaper too, much much cheaper. I like to make "fully loaded" salads at home to avoid this mess. I heat up a faux chicken patty (breaded, still less than half the calories or real chicken), buy a mix of greens, make a homemade dressing, cut up some fruit, and sprinkle some nuts and seeds on it. If you're looking for a good homemade dressing, check out Recipezaar (.com) and search for: "Kittencal's Balsamic Vinaigrette" and "Winter Fruit Salad With Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing."
danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
1/6, I over guessed the calorie count on 4 of them. The worst part is people go out and order salads and expect them to be the healthier choice. When I was a meat eater, I'd go and get a chicken finger salad... 3 pieces of deep fried chicken, cheese, bacon, and 1000 island dressing. Horrible, absolutely horrible. I eat salads now, but I'm more aware of what goes on (light dressing, variety of veggies, limited amount of nuts, no dairy/meat) :) When I was a waitress, I witnessed firsthand why the American waistline is expanding... people were drinking ranch!
Poppie Poppie 8 years
0/6 haha
TeresaB81 TeresaB81 8 years
I got 0/6. What a loser! For this many cals I might as well have a baked potato and steak.
BeautifulHealth BeautifulHealth 8 years
Leave it to American restaurants to take a salad - a meal that is supposed to be healthy - and totally make it a calorie bomb.
cg130 cg130 8 years
Yikes! Good thing I always request no dressing, and I never order salads with cheese, nuts, or bacon!
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Eww - I just about never go out to eat bc. many restaurants don't offer gluten free items for my celiac/crohn's disease. Now I know I am not missing out on much. Damn!
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
I never knew salads could be so unhealthy. Not a big fan of dressings, I usually use fruits and nuts to decorate my salads instead of dressing.
JenDeck711 JenDeck711 8 years
Yuck. I never eat at any of these places anyway. Or any chain "restaurant" for that matter.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I usually order my salad with dressing on the side, so I end up eating only 1/4 of the dressing, and I say no to any type of fried product or bread product on the salad as well.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
sometimes I just don't want to know. If I wanted to go out and have a salad with nothing on it I could just sit at home and cry for free instead.
juliefischer juliefischer 8 years
Wow, not a single one right. Does it really matter though? They're all bad for you.
cjstraus cjstraus 8 years
Jeez!!! I did terribly!! There is no reason for a salad to be in the quadruple digits---yuck!! I hear you ckeller825
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
This is why I barely go out to eat.
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