When this blog was among the first, if not the first, to write that McDonald’s had brought back salads in U.S. outlets in 2022, the nutrition information for those was not posted either on the McDonald’s website or in its ordering app.
Last week, though, I saw it was now on the bottom of the salad container. So here is your first look:
- Calories: 200
- Total fat: 9 grams
- Sodium: 350 mg
- Carbs: 15 grams
- Protein: 16 grams
The pre-pandemic McDonald’s Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad had 350 calories and 930 mgs of salt, likely because there was much more chicken on it and it had a glaze that included salt. It also had 37 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat and 9 grams of sugar, again all because of the larger chicken serving, I’m guessing.
It had 27 grams of carbs, for the carb counters out there.
So does that make the new salads healthier? You could say that, but remember it’s being done by making them smaller with less chicken.
I’m still buying two to make one decent-sized salad but I’m finding more and more brown-edged lettuce in these pre-packaged salads.