Which Trendy Hollywood Salad Has More Calories Than a Big Mac and Fries?

8:00 AM 1/15/2016

by Jane Carlson

THR sent three popular juices and three salads (with and without dressing) from top power eateries to Orange County's Certified Laboratories Inc. to test what you really are getting for lunch.

Courtesy of Cafe Gratitude
  • The Polo Lounge McCarthy Salad

    Salad: 680 cal., 42 g fat, 1,422 mg sodium; dressing: 500 cal., 53 g fat, 51 mg sodium

    Courtesy of Polo Lounge

    This high-protein iceberg-romaine mix with beets, cheddar, bacon, eggs, grilled chicken and tomatoes has the town's elite sneaking back to the Beverly Hills Hotel. But with dressing, it has more calories, fat and sodium than a McDonald's Big Mac with medium fries.

    MAKE IT BETTER Say no to bacon, cheese and dressing; yes to boiled chicken, egg whites, squeezed lemon and olive oil.

  • La Scala Chopped Salad

    Salad: 600 cal., 41 g fat, 1,950 mg sodium; dressing: 390 cal., 33 g fat, 3,227 mg sodium

    Daniel Hennessey

    The Beverly Hills resto (Rob Moore is a regular) sells 400 of this lettuce/salami/mozzarella/ garbanzo beans combo daily. Calorically high, the salad with dressing delivers more than twice the recommended daily intake of sodium. A Taco Bell Beefy 5-Layer Burrito with chips and cheese dip has fewer cals and less fat and sodium.

    MAKE IT BETTER Sub in chicken and oil and vinegar; skip the cheese.

  • Cafe Gratitude Pure Salad

    Salad: 140 cal., 149 mg sodium; dressing: 190 cal., 1,068 mg sodium

    Courtesy of Cafe Gratitude

    With a kale base plus avocado, sea palm, nori, carrots, green onions and almonds, the vegan spot's best-selling salad (Beyonce and Jake Gyllenhaal are fans) is packed with veggies — but with the garlic tahini dressing, it has more calories than Jack in the Box curly fries.

    MAKE IT BETTER Use lemon or olive oil as dressing, but "you need protein to make this a complete meal," says meal coach Kathy Kaehler.

  • Pressed Juicery Greens 3

    140 cal., 30 g carbs, 107 mg sodium

    Courtesy of Pressed Juicery

    Kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon and ginger make up the juice (Pressed devotees include Jennifer Garner and Zooey Deschanel) with the fewest calories but most sodium among those tested. "When you consume too much salt, you put strain on your heart," says Kaehler. "It can cause high blood pressure and, over time, heart disease or stroke."

  • Kreation deStress

    220 cal., 45 g carbs, 9 mg sodium

    Courtesy of Kreation

    This concoction from the preferred juicery of Kendall Jenner, Jessica Alba and Emmy Rossum is a blend of strawberry, apple and coconut — but a Twinkie has fewer calories and carbohydrates. "Eating raw or cooked fruits and vegetables is the better option," says Zhaoping Li, clinical nutrition chief at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine.

  • Glow Bio Detoxifier

    216 cal., 51 g carbs, 0 mg sodium

    Courtesy of Glow Bio

    While free of sodium, this pressed or pulpless juice with pineapple, cucumber and mint has far more calories and carbs — though more vitamins and minerals — than a 12-ounce Coke. Heads-up to Glow Bio loyalists Drew Barrymore and Channing Tatum: Don't make it a meal replacement. "Juices are more of a snack due to lack of fiber and protein," says Kaehler, also a trainer to Jennifer Aniston.

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