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With soaring obesity rates and ever-growing weight consciousness, it’s no wonder restaurants have tried to cater to diners looking for healthier choices. But don’t be fooled by a dish just because it’s on a bed of lettuce. The unhealthy choices aren’t always easy to spot. These ten salads have up to three times the fat of a McDonald’s Big Mac, which, in case you’re curious, has 29 grams of total fat.

10. Ruby Tuesday Carolina Chicken Salad

When they say “Carolina,” it apparently means “fried chicken.” It perhaps shouldn’t surprise us, then, that North Carolina’s adult obesity rate is 29.6 percent.

Calories: 1074
Total Fat: 46 grams
Sodium: 1497 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

9. Panera Bread Chicken Cobb with Avocado

This is the first of several Cobb salads on this list. Beware the blue cheese crumbles.

Calories: 650
Total Fat: 49 grams
Saturated Fat: 11 grams
Sodium: 970 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

8. Applebee’s Green Goddess Wedge Salad

Regardless of the iceberg lettuce (which doesn’t have much nutritional value anyway), when it’s carrying blue cheese, bacon, and candied pecans, you’re looking at a less-than-healthy meal option.

Calories: 550
Total Fat: 52 grams
Saturated Fat: 11 grams
Sodium: 1350 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

7. Olive Garden Caesar Salad (without croutons)


As this item was placed on the gluten-free menu, Olive Garden does not provide nutrition info on its website if you do decide to add croutons. And while the photo above includes chicken, the entrĂ©e’s nutritional info below does not. The 54 grams of fat is just the lettuce, dressing, and cheese.

Calories: 560
Total Fat: 54 grams
Saturated Fat: 12 grams
Sodium: 820 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

6. P.F. Chang’s Seared Ahi Salad w/Sesame Vinaigrette


This option is the least offensive on the list, because its saturated fat content is the lowest at 8 grams. Still, to make this ahi salad a viable option for weight watchers, you’ll need to split it into two portions.

Calories: 700
Total Fat: 55 grams
Saturated Fat: 8 grams
Sodium: 1340 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

5. Denny’s Fried Chicken Strips Cobb Salad w/ bread

With fried chicken and bread right in the title, this fat bomb is hopefully pretty easy to spot. A little trickier is the next one…

Calories: 1060
Total Fat: 56 grams
Saturated Fat: 15 grams
Sodium: 2040 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

4. Romano’s Macaroni Grill Chicken Caesar Salad


Romano’s Chicken Caesar has a calorie breakdown of 67% fat. Steer clear.

Calories: 920
Total Fat: 69 grams
Saturated Fat: 16 grams
Sodium: 1660 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

3. TGIFridays Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad


Wait, aren’t nuts a superfood? Well, yes. But only in moderation. This salad does not qualify as moderation.

Calories: 1080
Total Fat: 71 grams
Saturated Fat: 16 grams
Sodium: 1650 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

2. IHOP Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad


Beware the word crispy, as it tends to mean fried. Sure, you can order this salad with grilled chicken, but it will still clock in at a whopping 89 grams of total fat (29g saturated), because the blue cheese and bacon aren’t doing your waistline any favors.

Calories: 1270
Total Fat: 97 grams
Saturated Fat: 28 grams
Sodium: 2960 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

1. California Pizza Kitchen Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Salad


Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Or a loser, as the case may be. Overloaded with butternut squash, dates, almonds, avocado, beets, red peppers, egg, and cranberries, CPK’s Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Salad is the most fat-filled salad we could find, with an astounding 99 grams of total fat.

Calories: 1500
Total Fat: 99 grams
Saturated Fat: 10 grams
Sodium: 1380 milligrams
(full nutrition info)

Posted by on January 5th, 2015

Filed In: Dining Out, For Fun

Kim Kohatsu judges the quality of her relationships on the ability to share food. If she can't split an appetizer with you, in her eyes, you are pretty much worthless. Kim's current food adventures revolve around ramen, sushi, Indian curries, Sichuan food, and fried chicken. Oh, and cheeseburgers. Kim loves a good cheeseburger.

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