The Fake Salad. February 2, 2012.

I recently went out to Chili’s with a friend. We both were attempting to be healthy so we began to peruse the salad section. After looking over the options, I settled on the Quesadilla Explosion Salad.  Here’s how Chili’s describes its salad:

Layers of flavor make this our most popular salad. Includes grilled chicken with cheese, tomatoes, corn relish, cilantro and tortilla strips. Served with our citrus-balsamic dressing and cheese quesadilla wedges.” (

Who knew I could get all this delicious goodness and be so healthy at the same time? I nearly patted myself on the back for having such a good diet, consuming less calories than that guy’s sirloin and staying on track to look like Heidi Klum (just another month . . . or two . . .). My friend was in awe. So shocked by my greatness, in fact, that her mouth was dangling wide open.

And that’s when she showed me the calorie count on that salad of mine. (I made her wait until after dinner so I could enjoy my meal in blissful ignorance.) The nutrition on my Quesadilla Explosion? 1300 calories, 85 grams of fat.

I could have had that guy’s Classic Sirloin and had less calories and fat (a whooping 890, 50 grams respectively). Our lesson:  just because it says “salad” does not mean its healthy. Check the facts before you head out for dinner. And, after you have consumed all the information, maybe that sirloin won’t look so bad after all . . .

– Shannon G.


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