What goes around, comes around. Back in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s, the fast food chains made a big push into the salad business, complete with
salad bars and all the fixin’s. Then, mysteriously, salads took a back seat in the late ’90’s to yet another burger war.
Now, salads are making a comeback. McDonald’s, in particular, is leading the charge with an extensive array of deluxe salad choices. But why? According to McDonald’s own press literature, the salads “offer customers wholesome, high-quality entrée salads with warm breast of chicken.” Well, if you believe in the dictionary definition of wholesome as being “conducive to sound health or well-being” you might think that the chains have finally hit upon the holy grail: fast food that’s good for you.
Don’t get me wrong. As you know, I am a big fan of all things fast food. But the well-informed fast food patron is one who looks beyond the hype. For example, did you know that a Crispy Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Newman’s Own® Ranch Dressing is higher in calories, fat and sodium than a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese? Yes, the dressing is definitely the culprit in the fat and calorie department. But the salad alone (sans dressing) still has 1040 grams of sodium. A Big Mac has 1070.