Wendy’s Cobb Salad in their line of Garden Sensation Salads has 670 calories and 47 grams of fat – but it is possible to trim the calories and fat to make it a healthy fast food salad.
Wendy’s Cobb Salad starts with fewer calories, but the same amount of fat, as the Wendy’s Baja Salad with 740 calories and 47 grams of fat.
Other healthy fast food salads in the Garden Sensations line includes Apple Pecan Chicken and Spicy Chicken Caesar salad – but you also need to watch the dressing and toppings with those salads.
For my review of the Wendy’s Cobb salad, I looked at how to make it a skinnier choice. I enjoyed the choice of greens. The chicken was warm and flavorful, although perhaps a tad too salty. The dressing was actually quite good, but the two packets they give you is diet overkill!
As long as you are careful about the dressing (avocado ranch) and some of the toppings, the Wendy’s Cobb Salad is a healthy fast food salad. I suggest eating the salad with Mary’s Gone Crackers instead of croutons for better health. You could also pair the salad with a low calorie soup such as Amy’s Alphabet soup.
Here are tips on how to make Wendy’s Cobb salad one of the best diet-friendly fast food choices:
No. 1: How to make Wendy’s Cobb Salad a healthy fast food salad: Eat the entire salad base which includes Iceberg, Romaine, and Spring Mix. Eating a lot of lettuce, or low-calorie greens, is one of the secrets of the Volumetrics approach.
No. 2: How to make Wendy’s Cobb Salad a healthy fast food salad: The eggs provide protein and iron.
No. 3: How to make Wendy’s Cobb Salad a healthy fast food salad: Skip the blue cheese crumbles or toss most of it.
No. 4: How to make Wendy’s Cobb Salad a healthy fast food salad: Skip the Applewood Smoked Bacon and the croutons or eat only half of the bacon for flavor.
No. 5: How to make Wendy’s Cobb Salad a healthy fast food salad: Eat the grilled chicken breast. It’s a great source of lean protein.
Just eliminating the two packets of avocado ranch dressing lowers the calories and fat. But, let’s say you only use one packet (which is totally doable).
Just eliminating one package of dressing (and not eating croutons) brings a revised total to 460 calories and 26 grams of fat. Take out the blue cheese dressing and bacon, and you will remove even more fat and calories. If you just want a little flavor, throw away half the bacon and toss out most of the blue cheese.
Just being aware of the fact that Wendy’s Cobb salad is a potential diet killer means you can take the right steps to trim the fat and calories. Make Wendy’s Cobb salad one of the best diet-friendly fast food choices.
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Source: Wendy’s website