20 Unhealthiest Salads on the Planet

  • Salad Shocker #20. Friendly’s Apple Harvest Salad

    668 calories | 37 g fat (9 g saturated) | 37 g carbs | 7 g fiber | **26 g sugar** | 43 g protein

    That’s more sugar than two and a half glazed Dunkin’ Donuts!

    This single salad contains more sugar than should be consumed in an entire day. The culprits here are not the juicy apples, but the sugar-coated dried fruit and sugary glazed chicken. Eat one, and you’ll have a glazed look afterwards. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order a side Mixed Green Salad and bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup instead and save 21 grams of sugar and 140 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #19. Wendy’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad (Full Size)

    590 calories | 30 g fat (10 g saturated) | 42 g carbs | 5 g fiber | **27 g sugar** | 42 g protein

    That’s more sugar than 30 jellybeans!

    This salad is sugary thanks to not one, but two dressings used to make it taste so delicious—each made with corn syrup. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order a side Garden Side Salad and a six-piece chicken nuggets instead and save 23 grams of sugar and 110 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #18. Quiznos Apple Harvest Chicken Salad (Full, No Dressing)

    400 calories | 16 g fat (3.5 g saturated) | 42 g carbs | 7 g fiber | **29 g sugar** | 25 g protein

    That’s more sugar than a Twinkie!

    Like the Friendly’s salad, this one relies heavily on sugared dried fruits, and the honey dijon chicken base makes matters worse. Top it with the recommended dressing—four ounces of acai vinaigrette—and you’ve added 18 grams more sugar. Totaled up, that’s like pouring a can of Coke into your meal.

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Ask for grilled chicken, and add a simple oil and vinegar.

  • Salad Shocker #17. Au Bon Pain Harvest Turkey Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

    410 calories | 24 g fat (5 g saturated) | 42 g carbs | 6 g fiber | **31 g sugar** | 30 g protein

    That’s more sugar than two and a half donuts from Dunkin’!

    Say no thanks to this Thanksgiving inspired turkey—another “harvest” salad. The sugared dried cranberries and corn syrup dressing are to blame. Still, even without the dressing, the salad still contains a day’s worth of sweet stuff. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order a Chicken Caesar Asiago Salad without dressing instead and save 28 grams of sugar and 140 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #16. Perkins Honey Mustard Chicken Crunch Salad

    1,033 calories | 67 g fat (18 g saturated) | 66 g carbs | 5 g fiber | **31 g sugar** | 44 g protein

    That’s more sugar than a Twix bar!

    Much of the sugar and empty calories come from the salad’s honey mustard dressing and breaded chicken tenderloins. Also: Where’s the fiber? 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order Perkins’s Classic Cobb Salad instead and save 24 grams of sugar and 460 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #15. Potbelly Uptown Salad (No Dressing)

    424 calories | 22 g fat (8 g saturated) | 46 g carbs | 7 g fiber | **34 g sugar** | 12 g protein

    That’s more sugar than 19 pieces of candy corn!

    Two of this salad’s six main ingredients—dried cranberries and candied walnuts—are basically glorified forms of sugar. The result is a seemingly healthy (but sickeningly sweet) salad with more than day’s worth of sugar. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the protein-packed Powerhouse Salad instead and save 29 grams of sugar and 93 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #14. Potbelly Chicken Salad Salad (No Dressing)

    486 calories | 22 g fat (5 g saturated) | 48 g carbs | 7 g fiber | **35 g sugar** | 25 g protein

    That’s more sugar than seven Oreos!

    The Potbelly Salad: How’s that for an oxymoron? The only ingredient raising red flags are the dried cranberries, but there are a lot of them packed into an otherwise fairly healthy bowl. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order The Wreck Salad instead and save 29 grams of sugar and 60 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #13. The Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad

    810 calories | 32 g fat (6 g saturated) | 90 g carbs | 11 g fiber | **35 g sugar** | 44 g protein

    That’s more sugar than two and a half McDonald’s Baked Apple Pies!

    This salad promises a Hawaiian party in your mouth, but it’s fit for a pig. The day and a half’s worth of sugar comes from some super sweet vinaigrette. Axe the dressing and save yourself upwards of 11 grams of sugar. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the Seared Tuna Tataki Salad instead and save 25 grams of sugar and 270 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #12. California Pizza Kitchen Full Roasted Veggie Salad With Fat-Free Vinaigrette

    830 calories | 52 g fat (5 g saturated) | 87 g carbs | 21 g fiber | **36 g sugar** | 15 g protein

    That’s the sugar equivalent of three glazed donuts from Dunkin’!

    There are few dishes that sound healthier than a roasted veggie salad, but this is basically veggies roasted in sugar, and then coated with sugar.

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the Mediterranean Side Salad and cup of Dakota Smashed Pea and Barley Soup instead and save 30 grams of sugar and 390 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #11. TGI Fridays Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad

    1,080 calories | 71 g fat (16 g saturated) | 76 g carbs | 11 g fiber | **38 g sugar** | 39 g protein

    That’s more sugar than three donuts from Dunkin’!

    This pecan “salad” is a pe-can’t. Not only is it high in calories and sugar, but it also has very little fiber, meaning all of that sugar goes straight into your bloodstream. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order a lunch portion of the Chicken Caesar Salad and a bowl of Turkey Kale soup instead and save 20 grams of sugar and 420 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #10. Red Robin Banzai Salad

    439 calories | 12 g fat | 59 g carbs | 2 g fiber | **39 g sugar** | 26 g protein

    That’s the sugar equivalent of four tablespoons of jelly!

    At Red Robin, “Banzai” is code for “sugar.” Eliminating the sauce cuts 19 grams of sugar—but the rest of the sweet stuff comes from the grilled pineapple rings and Citrus Ale dressing. To blast fat faster, incorporate these Superfoods That Double Weight Loss into your daily diet, to lose weight effortlessly and deliciously—and live your healthiest and happiest life ever.

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the Spicy Sombrero Salad instead and save 31 grams of sugar.

  • Salad Shocker #9. Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (Full Size)

    570 calories | 25 g fat (8 g saturated) | 51 g carbs | 7 g fiber | **40 g sugar** | 38 g protein

    That’s more sugar than three glazed donuts from Dunkin’!

    This salad has more than a day and a half worth of sugar thanks to—you guessed it—sweet cranberries, roasted pecans, and Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate Vinaigrette. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Wendy’s does have low sugar options available. Order the Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad instead and save 34 grams of sugar.

  • Salad Shocker #8. IHOP Chicken and Spinach Salad With Grilled Chicken and Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

    1,130 calories | 71 g fat (24 g saturated) | 53 g carbs | 4 g fiber | **43 g sugar** | 69 g protein

    That’s more sugar than three and half McDonald’s Baked Apple Pies!

    This salad still has nearly two days worth of sweet stuff—not as much as pancakes, but close. And if you opt for crispy chicken instead of grilled chicken, you’ll get more calories, total fat, sodium, and carbs. Think that’s bad? Click here to find out if you’re eating the 50 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet!

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order a Garden Omelette instead and save 37 grams of sugar and 290 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #7. California Pizza Kitchen Full Chinese Chicken Salad With Fat-Free Vinaigrette

    900 calories | 36 g fat (5 g saturated) | 116 g carbs | 12 g fiber | **49 g sugar** | 27 g protein

    That’s more sugar than a can of Coke!

    Salad might seem like a healthier option when dining at California Pizza Kitchen, but this particular salad contains two day’s worth of sugar, because it’s coated in it. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order a Half Italian Chopped Salad with no dressing and a cup of Sedona Tortilla soup instead and save 42 grams of sugar and 150 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #6. Applebees Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad

    1,290 calories | 85 g fat (13 g saturated) | 84 g carbs | 10 g fiber | **52 g sugar** | 51 g protein

    That’s more sugar than two and a half Twinkies!

    The real culprit here is yet another dressing, an Oriental vinaigrette, which is basically flavored sugar. The grilled chicken is also slathered in a sweet sauce of its own, adding 10 grams of sugar to the meal. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the Southwest Chicken Salad instead and save 44 grams of sugar and 220 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #5. California Pizza Kitchen Full Thai Crunch Salad With Fat-Free Vinaigrette

    1,340 calories | 83 g fat (9 g saturated) | 128 g carbs | 15 g fiber | **58 g sugar** | 46 g protein

    That’s more sugar than five Tootsie Pops!

    California Pizza Kitchen’s salads dominate this list, and here’s why: what should be a simple Thai salad still contains more than two days worth of sugar and nearly 1,400 calories. 

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order a Full Classic Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast and fat-free vinaigrette dressing instead and save 40 grams of sugar and 500 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #4. Applebee's Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad

    1,280 calories | 74 g fat (15 g saturated) | 108 g carbs | 11 g fiber | **65 g sugar** | 49 g protein

    That’s more sugar than eight Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!

    There’s a Halloween’s worth of candy in this deceivingly unhealthy salad thanks to  caramelized nuts, which coat everything. Oh, and to top it all off, this pile of sugar is then covered in Applebee's Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. For fat-blasting tips guaranteed to help lose weight fast, click here to discover 14 Ways to Lose A Pound a Day

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad instead and save 58 grams of sugar and 480 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #3. California Pizza Kitchen Full Waldorf Chicken Salad With Fat-Free Vinaigrette

    1,340 calories | 87 g fat (18 g saturated) | 104 g carbs | 10 g fiber | **66 g sugar** | 44 g protein

    That’s more sugar than two Twix bars!

    California Pizza Kitchen strikes again with a salad that provides little nutrition but more than two days worth of sugar and nearly 1,400 calories. If you haven’t caught on by now, it pays to do some research about CPK’s salads before ordering one.

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the California Cobb with Ranch dressing instead and save 56 grams of sugar and 440 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #2. Chili’s Caribbean Salad With Grilled Chicken

    720 calories | 28 g fat (4.5 g saturated) | 86 g carbs | 8 g fiber | **70 g sugar** | 36 g protein

    This is the sugar equivalent of nine Dunkin Donuts Apple ’n’ Spice Donuts! Yes, nine!

    A salad with grilled chicken—every skinny girl’s cliché lunch, right? But after eating Chili’s Caribbean Salad—and its nine donuts worth of sugar—you’ll feel like my pal Megan. (Speaking of donuts, check out this Eat This, Not That! Special Report: 14 “Health” Foods Worse Than a Donut.)

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the zesty, Southwest Chicken Soup with a side salad instead and save 56 grams of sugar and 550 calories.

  • Salad Shocker #1. California Pizza Kitchen Full Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Salad

    1,500 calories | 99 g fat (10 g saturated) | 128 g carbs | 27 g fiber | **80 g sugar** | 43 g protein

    This is the sugar equivalent of four Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes!

    Even the greenest fields can be covered in frost. And even the greenest salad can be covered in frosting. Or as some food purveyors like to call it, “dressing.” Unfortunately, this salad is dressed in a fat suit, studded with candy buttons in the form of dried cranberries and dates, both of which are sugar-infused. The sneaky trick many restaurants play on us—including your local salad bar—is to spike their dressings with sugar to make them tastier, even while undermining all your best nutritional intentions. Meet the #1 Sugariest Salad in America.

    **The Zero Sugar Diet Solution:** Order the Roast Veggie and Grilled Chicken Salad with the dressing on the side instead and save 68 grams of sugar and 590 calories—plus, enjoy the heart-healthy avocado. And discover the 14-day plan to flatten your belly, crush cravings and stay lean for life with Zero Sugar Diet. Test panelists lost up to a pound a day!