McDonald’s New Kale Salads Pack More Calories than a Big Mac

02/05/2016 at 12:10 PM ET

McDonald’s has finally hopped on board the kale train, but it’s not exactly the most diet-friendly option on the menu.

The fast food chain recently rolled out a new line of salads with a blend of kale, baby spinach, and romaine lettuce that contains more calories, fat and sodium that a Big Mac does.

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Before freaking out, though, let’s break it down by the numbers. The Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken comes in at 690 calories, 45 g of fat, and 1,530 mg of sodium. The Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken has at 630 calories, 34 g of fat, and 1,090 mg of sodium (bump it up to 710 calories if you sub ranch dressing for the southwest dressing). Finally, the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” (currently only available in Canada) boasts 730 calories, 53 g of fat, and 1,400 mg of sodium.

While it shouldn’t be surprising that a bed of lettuce that is merely used as a vessel for fried chicken, cheese, bacon, fried bread and mayonnaise-based sauces is not a weight loss miracle, what is surprising is that a Big Mac — in all its double-decker burger glory — still comes in lower than these at only 540 calories, 28 g of fat, and 970 mg of sodium.

Which begs the question, why aren’t we all on the Big Mac diet? Eating 540 calories is totally reasonable! And if you add medium fries, it’s only…880 calories. Shoot. You gotta have fries with a Big Mac. That’s where they get you.

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Moral of the story? If you’re gonna eat fast food, just go with the tried and true stuff. You’ll be happier and possibly a little lighter.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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Joann on

There’s literally one sentence about this particular salad! Why doesn’t the article mention what’s on this salad and the nutritional information?

Emma on

Ew. That’s why you don’t eat at McDonald’s…period.

Tish on

Get grilled chicken and a light dressing, and this is a non story.

Rachel on

This article is completely devoid of any real nutritional information. And who is to suggest or recommend what anyone should eat, or to recommend one type of fast food over another. Calories aren’t the be all end all of nutrition. There are many complex factors that go into what is healthy or nutritious, none of which you have presented in this article.

Marie on

Will have to try that . Watching the view today , Paula Farris eating like she never ate before , hard to watch .

Anonymous on

Only McDonald’s could take something as healthy as kale and turn it into complete crap…just like everything else on their menu. Their “salads” are aimed towards the people who are uneducated about nutrition. These people are going to go into McDonald’s and think they are eating healthy because it’s a salad with spinach and kale. They’d be better off eating from a non fast food dumpster!

nope on

Shocking? No. What is shocking is that people believe they can buy something healthy at a fast food place.

MsMandi on

The salads come with a choice of crispy chicken which is breaded and fried (any half-wit knows this isn’t a healthy choice) or grilled chicken (as in fried on a flat-top, better than deep fried) or NO chicken. Everyone knows that creamy dressings are full of fat as well. Also, you can get calorie reduced/fat reduced dressing and if you were to unload an entire pouch of dressing into one of these salads you’d have some thing resembling a dressing soup with kale. Only lightly dress the salad, reduce the croutons (they’re in little packages for you to add yourself) and go with the grilled chicken and you’ll be just fine. The salad will be as big a fat and sodium bomb as you make it. You can’t really do a damn thing with the double big mac to reduce the damage.

nope on

anything prepared with bacon and ranch salad dressing is bound to be loaded with extra fat and calories. the fat is what makes it all taste so good.
if youre calorie conscious you know to steer clear of these foods.

Emily Mia on

I have been using 3 week diet formula and have already lose 20 pounds with simple diet and workout plans
Here is my secrets

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