By The Restaurant Dieter

Why Chick-fil-A’s new kale-and-broccolini salad isn’t as healthy as you think

You know it’s January when restaurant companies haul out the “lite” menus or even introduce new permanent items aimed at the Weight Watchers crowd. Nothing has exploded more than Chick-fil-A’s Superfood Salad.

And not in a good way. A kale-and-broccolini dish is trendy.  Putting one on Chick-fil-A’s menu is kind of like Nicki Minaj subbing for Hillary Clinton at an Iowa campaign appearance. To add insult, the Superfood Salad swept off the menu that Southern staple, coleslaw.  It seemed like a blue-state raid on the beloved Atlanta-based chain, especially suspicious given Chick-fil-A’s designs on New York City.

Oddly enough, the creation came from a Southern chef, Ford Fry of Atlanta, whose empire includes JCT Kitchen, where there’s a completely credible southern drawl to the menu.

One blogger’s diatribe against the salad has gone hilariously viral.

Despite the marketing focus on healthy vegetables, the salad has a lot of sugar packed in the maple vinaigrette dressing and dried cherries.

The small is 140 calories with 7 grams of fat, a meager 2 of fiber,  11 of sugar and only 3 of protein. The large is 170 calories, 8 grams fat, 2 of fiber, 16 of sugar and 4 of protein. For that reason, it performs poorly on Weight Watchers’ protein-and-vegetable leaning points program — 6 Smart Points for the small and 7 for the large.

For comparison, the large has almost half the sugar you’d find in a 12-ounce can of soda pop. (Admittedly, the new salad has less sugar than the Chick-fil-A coleslaw, which packed 26 grams of sugar into 580 calories.)

Let’s see how long it takes for the coleslaw to return to the menu. Maybe The South will rise again.


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  1. Sakeep

    The superfood salad made me feel sick, I never felt sick after Chick fil a coleslaw. Best coleslaw ever. I miss it. I will not order another superfood salad. Yuk!
    Signed Coleslaw lover

    • restaurantdieter

      It’s hard when food doesn’t taste good. It sure doesn’t inspire you to eat healthy.

  2. Stephanie Watson

    I tried this salad tonight for the first time & surprisingly liked it but I did think it was quite sweet. They could seriously cut back on the sweetness of this to improve the health aspect. I’m sure it’s healtheir then Thwoe waffle fries It tasted very similar to my homemade broccoli salad recipe.

  3. Cheryl Smith

    I absolutely love the superfood salad and I am a weight watchers gal!! Grilled nuggets (0 points) and the superfood salad (7 points) make a filling and satisfying meal totally worth the points downed with their diet lemonade. (0 points). The points total a reasonable spurge of 7 points out of my 23 daily points. I easily mixed in the nuts. Healthier by far. Crabby article.

  4. Glenn

    The Superfood salad is great. I’ve probably had 30 of them. Love ’em.

  5. Tonya Jackson

    If you are worried about the sugar content, but like the salad itself, simply order the Superfood salad, no dressing. Salads are prepared fresh and this type of order can be accommodated in most Chick Fil As. Know that special orders may take a few extra minutes, but certainly worth the wait!

  6. Genice

    The Kale Crunch Salad is a better option from Chick fil a.
    Kale Crunch Side
    A blend of Curly Kale and Green Cabbage tossed with an Apple Cider and Dijon Mustard vinaigrette, all topped off with salted, crunchy Roasted Almonds