On April 29, Chick-fil-A introduced three new premium salads - the Cobb Salad, Chick-fil-A® Asian Salad, and the Grilled Market Salad. The new Grilled Market Salad is gluten free (prior to adding condiments). The new Cobb Salad and Asian Salad come with breaded nuggets, but they can be ordered with gluten-free grilled nuggets.
According to the company, each salad will offer two or more servings of vegetables or fruit, and have between 180 and 430 calories (without dressing). New salad dressing are also being added to the menu: Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Avocado Lime Ranch, and Honey Sesame.
Salads are freshly prepared throughout the day and I like to order mine topped with warm chicken and without cheese. It takes a couple of minutes longer, but they are happy to customize your order.
Not all of the salad toppings are gluten free, but thankfully items like the honey-thai almonds, garlic and ginger wontons, roasted nut blend, and harvest nut granola are in individual packets and can be easily left off of the salad.
Following is more information on Chick-fil-A’s new salads:
- Chick-fil-A Cobb Salad: Chick-fil-A Nuggets, pressure-cooked, sliced and served hot on a fresh bed of chopped romaine lettuce and baby greens, topped with shredded red cabbage and carrots, roasted corn kernels, a blend of shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, crumbled bacon, diced eggs and grape tomatoes. Served with Charred Tomato Crispy Red Bell Peppers and Avocado Lime Ranch dressing (or guest’s choice of dressing). The salad is 430 calories and contains 39 grams of protein.
- Chick-fil-A Asian Salad: Chick-fil-A Nuggets, pressure-cooked, sliced and served hot on a fresh bed of chopped romaine lettuce and baby greens, topped with shredded red and green cabbage, carrots and mandarin orange segments. Served with Honey Thai Almonds, Chinese Garlic & Ginger Wontons and Honey Sesame dressing (or guest’s choice of dressing). The salad has 330 calories and 13 grams of fat.
- Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad: Grilled and sliced chicken breast served on a fresh bed of chopped romaine lettuce and baby greens, topped with shredded red cabbage and carrots, crumbled blue cheese and a mix of red and green apples, strawberries and blueberries. Served with Harvest Nut Granola, Roasted Nut Blend and Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette (or guest’s choice of dressing). The salad has 180 calories, 4 grams of fat and includes two servings of vegetables and one serving of fruit.
- Chick-fil-A Side Salad: A fresh bed of chopped romaine lettuce, topped with shredded red cabbage and carrots, a blend of shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses and grape tomatoes. Served with Charred Tomato Crispy Red Bell Peppers and choice of dressing. The side salad has 80 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and is offered as an alternative to Waffle Potato Fries in any Chick-fil-A Meal combination.
According to Chick-fil-A dietitian Jodie Worrell, “the entrée salad comes as part of Chick-fil-A’s broader initiative to offer healthier menu options to customers.” Last year, the chain introduced a Grilled Nugget Kid’s Meal that is one of the most nutritious children’s meals in the fast food industry. Other health-minded moves include the addition of the Fruit Cup in 2004 and moving to a complete menu (including all condiments) with zero trans fats in 2008. Chick-fil-A also is actively working to reduce sodium across its menu, including a 40 percent sodium reduction in its chargrilled chicken filet, 25 percent less sodium in breads and removing 10 percent of sodium in dressings and sauces.
I realize a number of people do not patronize Chick-fil-A, but for me, it is the one of the few fast food establishments offers a number of gluten-free options, so I am choosing to share the information about their new salads.
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com
Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden
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