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7 Best Applebee’s Salads on the Menu

Applebee’s is known for its appetizers and extensive drink menu, but it also offers delicious salads that are a go-to item for many people.

Whether you want a light lunch or dinner option or looking to make healthier meal choices, Applebee’s salads are sure to satisfy.

Applebee’s has a variety of salads on the menu, all of which are served with a breadstick and can be customized with six different dressing options.

To help you decide which salad to order next time, we’ve rounded up the best Applebee’s salads that are worth trying.

7. Blackened Shrimp Caesar Salad

Accessing reliably fresh and delicious seafood in many parts of the country is no easy task.

Yet, for those who love seafood, Applebee’s has found a solution with their blackened shrimp.

Served on a bed of romaine lettuce, the Blackened Shrimp Caesar salad includes croutons, shaved parmesan, garlic Caesar dressing, blackened shrimp, and a butter garlic breadstick served on the side.

The entire meal contains 860 calories, and if you aren’t a big fan of Caesar dressing, you can replace it with Bleu Cheese, Honey Mustard, Ranch, Mexi-Ranch, or Oriental Vinaigrette.

6. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Caesar is similar to the Blackened Shrimp Caesar Salad, but rather than blackened shrimp, the salad is served with grilled chicken on top.

This salad has 970 calories, and like the Blackened Shrimp Caesar Salad, it can be customized by removing ingredients you don’t like or adding dressings from the same list above.

The salad is also served with a breadstick like many Applebee’s salads and uses the same ingredients: romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan, and Caesar dressing.

The main ingredients in the Applebee’s Caesar dressing include:

  • Soybean Oil
  • Water
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garlic

5. Grilled Chicken Tender Salad

For those looking for a salad that fills you up more than a regular Caesar salad, the Grilled Chicken Tender Salad is for you! And not to mention, the chicken tender is delicious.

Made with a spring salad mix that includes romaine lettuce and iceberg lettuce, this salad is topped with Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and Applebee’s homemade grilled chicken tenders.

The salad is served with Dijon mustard and a breadstick and has 1000 calories.  

It can also be customized by adding any of the standard six dressings Applebee’s serves with their salads.

What makes this salad particularly good, however, is the grilled chicken.

Made with chicken breast, salt, flour, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder, Applebee’s grilled chicken tenders pack a delicious flavor punch.

4. Grilled Oriental Chicken Salad

The Grilled Oriental Chicken Salad has been a long-standing favorite on the Applebee’s menu for a good reason.

With carbs, protein, and greens, this salad is like a food pyramid heaven.

The Grilled Oriental Chicken Salad is made of green cabbage, red cabbage, romaine lettuce, carrots, rice noodles, grilled chicken, almonds, and Oriental vinaigrette.

At 1430 calories, you are sure to be feeling full.

Like all Applebee’s salads, this salad is served with the garlic butter breadstick, made with flour, water, salt, garlic powder, parsley, oregano, basil, butter, and cream.

While you can substitute the Oriental vinaigrette with one of the six dressings Applebee’s offers, we advise keeping it as long as you aren’t allergic!

3. Oriental Chicken Salad

Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad is similar to the Grilled Oriental Chicken Salad, but protein is the major difference between the two salads.

Rather than grilled chicken, the Oriental Chicken Salad uses breaded chicken tenders.

Though it may sound like a small difference, it is significant enough to change the flavor and nutritional values.

The breaded chicken tenders add 130 calories, making the salad a total of 1560 calories.

The breaded chicken is also slightly crispy, adding a nice crunch to the salad that isn’t derived entirely from the cabbage.

2. Crispy Chicken Tender Salad

Many people prefer extra crispy chicken for their chicken tenders, and Applebee’s Crispy Chicken Tender Salad guarantees that crunch.

The salad is made with romaine and iceberg lettuce and topped with Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and extra crunchy chicken tenders.

Unlike the Grilled Chicken Tender Salad or Oriental Chicken Salad, these chicken tenders are fried, not just breaded, making them incredibly crunchy as you bite in!

The salad is 1190 calories and is served with a side of Dijon mustard and a breadstick.

The dressing can be substituted with any of the six salad dressings Applebee’s serves.

1. Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

The Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad is, by far, the best salad on the Applebee’s menu.

At 860 calories, the salad is both sweet and sour, with a healthy serving of protein.

The Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad is made with romaine and iceberg lettuce mixed with tomatoes, red onions, and strawberries.

It is then topped with grilled chicken, sliced almonds, balsamic glaze, and sweet lemon olive vinaigrette, making this salad a must-try!

Of course, the salad is served with a breadstick, though wait until the end to eat it.

Doing so lets you soak up the delicious dressing you won’t be able to get enough of!


With different choices on the menu and customization options, you’re sure to find a salad at Applebee’s that will satisfy your tastebuds.

If you’re unsure which Applebee’s salad to order, both the Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad and the Crispy Chicken Tender Salad are a must-try!

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About the Author

Ben Parsons is a content writer who has experience in the retail food industry, including restaurant work. In his spare time, he loves reading and spending time outdoors in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


November 29, 2022