McDonald’s Southwest Salad
(With grilled chicken: 320 calories, 9 g fat,3 g sat. fat, 30 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 30 g protein)
(With crispy chicken: 400 calories, 16 g fat,4 g sat. fat, 41 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 25 g protein)
According to the WWatchers formula this salad is worth exactly 5.75 points.
Wow I have to say- This salad completely rocked my McDonald’s world! I have always hated it when my parents decided to ” go out” only to end up eating at a place like this- you know your typical waaay calorie overloaded fast food joint, where even the salads aren’t “safe”. BUT, I take it all back now and I have a feeling trips will be much more pleasant, because the Southwest Salad has opened my eyes to the beauty of fast food.
I bought the grilled chicken version of the Southwest salad at McDonald’s. Unfortunately, or fortunately, and didn’t even need to try the salad dressing (but I hear from others that it is very good, it is made by Newman’s Own)! There were so many flavors already in the salad that I didn’t need the dressing at all, and the lime was a nice flavor touch too! A great feature of this salad is that there is just so much to it. Other salads from fast food joints that I have tried had TONS of lettuce and then a tiny little serving of extra stuff, this salad has a nice balance between lettuce and the sides.
Of course just because this salad was delicious and not that bad doesn’t mean that all fast food salads are safe- I’d definitely do some serious research before jumping off into the fast food salad category.
Here are some other sites that have looked at this very popular salad:
Southwest Salad Challenge This article at Associated Content compares the Southwest Salads from Arby’s to those at McDonald’s.
Diet Detective The Diet Detective names the McDonald’s Southwest a “Calorie Bargain” and reviews the taste and cost.
I’d definitely recommend this yummy and filling salad to others, and now that I’ve tried it, McDonald’s isn’t that daunting of a prospect! Although for some the price is a con, I can certainly understand and felt myself cringe when faced with the choice to buy a cheap burger or an almost five dollar salad… Ultimately, I know a lot of people are trying this salad though, and because it is a fast food joint quality can vary from place to place- so leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it- yea or nay?
Since I ate the salad and loved it my mom has also tried it. While she normally would order a quarter pounder meal with fries ever since trying the salad she has been hooked. I’m excited for McDonald’s and that this salad is getting so much press and doing so well, because hopefully it means changes for fast food in the future : ) We can dream right?