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Wait, McDonald’s new kale salad has how many calories?!


mcdonalds-kale-saladWhen McDonald’s announced its kale salad to much fanfare a couple of months ago, it sounded like the mega fast-food chain, along with Chick-Fil-A and others, was turning over a new (green) leaf.

Turns out, adding in superfoods doesn’t make the options super healthy. Take the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” salad: Once its baby kale base is topped with crispy chicken, bacon, Parmesan, croutons, and asiago dressing, you’re looking at a 730-calorie salad (not to mention 1,400 milligrams of salt and 53 grams of fat), Canada’s CBC reports.

Calorie for calorie, that’s the equivalent of eating three traditional Mickey D’s hamburgers or one Double Big Mac—which, with its four burger patties, clocks in well below the kale salad with 680 calories and 38 grams of fat. The “lightest” salad option, the “I’m Greek-ing Out,” comes in a bit lower thanks to grilled (rather than crispy) chicken—but nutritionally CBC found that it has “almost the same calorie, fat, and salt content as a Double Cheeseburger.”

A tip: Whatever you do, don’t supersize it. —Alison Feller

This kale recipe, however, is easy to make and big on flavor without the calorie count of a drive-thru burger.

(Photo: McDonald’s Canada)