What to Eat: Salads at Starbucks

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“This is one substantial (and quite satisfying) serving of tossed roasted butternut squash, beets, kale, red cabbage, steamed broccoli florets and garden peas with lemon tahini dressing.”


The Starbucks Web site is being modest in describing its Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl.It’s not just substantial (it’s a main dish, not a side). It’s not just satisfying. It’s scrumptious…and it’s got numbers most fast-food salads can only dream about.

Before your nonfat cappuccino gets cold, you’ll have downed 8 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein, plus almost two days’ worth of vitamin A, more than a day’s vitamin C, a quarter of a day’s iron, and 15 percent of a day’s calcium.

You’ll also get 430 calories and 640 milligrams of sodium. But if you use half the dressing—which is plenty—the sodium drops to 400 mg (and the calories to 340).

Want more protein? The Zesty Chicken & Black Bean Salad Bowl packs 19 grams. Keeping the chicken, beans, and spring greens company are roasted corn, quinoa, tomato, jicama, and feta cheese. Use half the mild chile vinaigrette and you’ll end up with 300 calories and 610 mg of sodium (the full monty has an excessive 850 mg).

If you’re a caesar salad fan, the kale in the Chicken & Greens Caesar Salad Bowl makes it better than most, though even with half the dressing, it’s got 660 mg of sodium (and a way-too-high 910 mg with the full packet).

Great work on the salads, Starbucks. Now just please lighten up on the salt.

To find a Starbucks location near you visit starbucks.com or call them at (800) 782-7282.

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