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All of Chick-fil-A’s Salads and Salad Dressings to Pair With

By Lana Kisner | November 19, 2023

Many people may not think of calories and nutrition when they grab fast food, but eating on the go and eating healthy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. One way to merge the two is by ordering hearty and flavor-packed salads from Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A salads combine a mix of fresh greens with your choice of tender chicken and salad dressing. Here’s the full scoop on all the salads you can order on the Chick-fil-A menu and the recommended salad dressings for an additional flavor boost.

Chick-fil-A Salads

Chick-fil-A’s menu includes three salads to choose from – The Cobb Salad, the Spicy Southwest Salad, and the Market Salad. They can be customized to your liking and come with your favorite salad dressing. The original recipes include the type of chicken Chick-fil-A feels recommends adding to your salad, but of course, you can make changes. You can also make any salad vegetarian by requesting it with no chicken (and no bacon for the Cobb Salad).

1. Cobb Salad

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The Cobb Salad is savory and hearty. It starts with a bed of mixed greens that are topped with sweet roasted corn kernels, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, crumbled bacon, slices of hard-boiled egg, and juicy grape tomatoes. Warm and breaded Chick-fil-A Nuggets complete the salad, which also comes with a side of charred tomato and crispy red bell peppers. Chick-fil-A recommends pairing it with the tangy and creamy Avocado Lime Ranch dressing.

2. Spicy Southwest Salad

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The Spicy Southwest Salad is loaded with spice, flavor, and a bit of a crunch. It’s made of mixed greens topped with grape tomatoes, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and a zesty combo of roasted corn, black beans, poblano chiles, and red bell peppers. This salad comes topped with cold, grilled spicy chicken breast and is served with a side of seasoned tortilla strips and chili lime pepitas. Chick-fil-A recommends the Creamy Salsa dressing to add the final touches to this flavor-packed salad.

3. Market Salad

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The Market Salad is fresh, sweet, and perfect for a hot summer day. It features a bed of fresh mixed greens topped with blue cheese crumbles and a colorful mix of red and green apples, strawberries, and blueberries. This salad comes topped with Chick-fil-A’s grilled chicken breast slices and is served with a side of harvest nut granola and roasted almonds. To round off the flavors, Chick-fil-A recommends pairing it with the Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing.

Chick-fil-A Salad Dressings

Chick-fil-A offers seven salad dressings, some of which are creamy and rich, while others are light and vinegar-based. Each dressing perfectly complements Chick-fil-A’s famous chicken, and you can choose your favorite to customize your salad. 

1. Avocado Lime Ranch

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The Avocado Lime Ranch dressing is a fresh take on a beloved classic. It puts a twist on creamy ranch dressing by including creamy avocado, zesty spices, and just enough lime to give it a sour tang.

2. Creamy Salsa

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The Creamy Salsa dressing is bursting with Southwestern flavor. Its zesty taste comes from a combination of cumin, hot peppers, tomatoes, and garlic.

3. Garden Herb Ranch

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This is another take on the traditional ranch flavor. The Garden Herb Ranch dressing has a fresh and creamy taste that will remind you of a homemade dressing made with herbs from the garden.

4. Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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The Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing combines sweet and tart flavors for a robust taste. Apple cider vinegar is combined with fruit juices, spices, and honey to create a balanced vinaigrette that will liven up your salad.

5. Light Balsamic Vinaigrette

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The Light Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing combines the decadent flavor of dark balsamic vinegar with herbs and spices. It’s light-bodied with just a bit of sweetness and pairs well with any Chick-fil-A salad.

6. Fat-Free Honey Mustard

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The Fat-Free Honey Mustard dressing is a healthier take on a favorite dressing flavor. It’s sweet and tangy and adds zest to any salad you pair it with. Plus, it could double as a sauce for any chicken topping you choose.

7. Light Italian

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The Light Italian dressing is a low-calorie option that’s full of flavor. This vinaigrette includes a blend of spices that pair well with any salad on the Chick-fil-A menu.

So What’s the Best Chick-fil-A Salad?

Each Chick-fil-A salad comes with unique flavors and has its fanbase, but according to Chick-fil-A, the Cobb Salad has been the most popular choice. It’s also my go-to salad because it’s high in protein and rich in flavor. Each bite awakens your taste buds with bacon and cheese sprinkled on top of mixed greens. Slices of hard-boiled egg add an extra boost of protein, and the warm, breaded Chick-fil-A nuggets top this salad off perfectly.

Remember that you can customize any Chick-fil-A salad to your liking. You can replace the nuggets with your favorite chicken option. This salad comes with the Avocado Lime Ranch dressing, but I sometimes switch it up with the Fat-Free Honey Mustard when I want a lighter dressing option.

About the Author

Lana Kisner is a writer on the team with more than 15 years of experience in the food service industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, listening to live music, and hiking with her dog.