I hate fast food

Really. I do. McDonals, KFC, Chick-Fil-A, Jack-in-the-Box, Burger King - I hate them all. Burger King is tolerable, barely, only beacuse they offer a veggie-burger.

And now, the lastest fast-food bandwagon they’ve all hopped on is salads. As reviewed in this Slate article, many fast food places are now offering salads. Great, right? I’m a vegetarian, I like salad, maybe I too can now join in having convienant, on-the-run food (other than fries)?

But no. Such dreams are not to be realized.

Every single salad - every fucking salad, emphasis on salad has chicken in it. Or bacon. I’ve had nightmares about the day they chop up a beef patty, put it on some lettuce, and call it a salad.

According to dictionary.com: sal·ad n.
A dish of raw leafy green vegetables, often tossed with pieces of other raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, cheese, or other ingredients and served with a dressing.
The course of a meal consisting of this dish

Note the “raw leafy green vegetables…fruit, cheese.” The main part of a salad is the vegetables. It is supposed to be VEGETABLES with maybe something else on it. Some shredded lettuce burried under a dead chicken is not a salad! It’s an abomination! Of the six hundred and twenty-seven (figure totally made up) fast-food restaurants nearby my residence, there is one chain - Wendy’s - where you can get, y’know, a salad. Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, carrot, dressing. That is a salad. Chicken and bacon bits and dressing and oh yeah- some lettuce, too – that’s NOT A SALAD!

Curse you, evil empires of greasiness! Curse you!!

Chicken and bacon come under the heading of other ingredients

According to dictionary.com it is a salad.
Lame rant. I can’t score it over a 2.5

uhh, Dont eat the shit…

-Your welcome.

If you need more advise I’m free for a coupla hours.

If that pisses you off, you’re probably not going to like this.

Well, according to the McDonald’s nutrition info on their website (nutrition info here), all three of their premium salads are available without the chicken, etc. And, as you mentioned, Wendy’s has a salad that is just veggies by default, and I’d imagine that you can get any of their other salads without chicken, etc. if you asked as well.

But I guess it’s easier to rant than to ask for what you want.

I should probably have said, pay attention to the flash animation.

Damn, L.A., that actually looks edible.

Actually that definition of a salad is not complete, and may actually be incorrect.

According to On Cooking: a textbook of culinary fundamentals by Sarah Labensky and Alan Hause, a salad is:

“a salad: a single food or a mix of different foods accompanied by or bound by a dressing. A salad can contain meat, grains, fruits, nuts or cheese and absolutely no lettuce.”

This is why a chicken salad, which does not contain lettuce, is called a salad. It is also why Miracle Whip calls their product a salad dressing: because it is a dressing that customarily holds things like chicken salad or tuna salad together.

Just thought I’d correct your little error.

I hate fast food too.

The standard side salad on McDonald’s dollar menu doesn’t contain any meat, at least not where I’m from.

Back when I was 15 years old and going through a vegetarian phase (didn’t stick with it) I asked for the vegetarian alternative at the bed and breakfast place I was staying at with my parents (as advertised on the menu)

The old bat who ran the place got flustered when I did this. I don’t think anyone had actually requested the vegetarian option before! and I think she was rather aggrieved because preparing it would mean extra work for her…(so why offer it then? she was the owner of the place, not an employee who would have no say in these matters, I thought that was wierd._

She brought in the salad, the vegetarian option. And it had ham in it. Big slices of ham.

Clearly this lady’s definition of the word ‘vegetarian’ differed from mine and every other human being in the universe’s.

Just thought I’d tell that story again! (always drag that one out at regular intervals…)

Someone mentioned that you can order the salad in McDonald’s without the chicken. This is true.

Hell, I even know of one Doper that goes to McDonald’s and orders her a BigMac with no meat. You got it, NO two all beef patties, just special sauce, lettuce, cheese and pickles on a sesame seed bun.

You would be amazed at how accomodating even fast food restaurants are these days…especially given “DIEts” like Atkins and you can order their food without the carbs. Heck they do and will cater to vegetarians. But if you eat at fast food with any regularity and you are vegetarian, you need to know that many things are cooked together…

BTW, I occasionally make salads with meat items like ham or with a taco salad with ground beef or even a nicely chopped hard boiled egg, YUM. I generally don’t as I am not a huge meat eater but when I do, I go all out.

Wendy’s offers their taco salad and you can order it without the chili. I will get it with the chili but wont throw the chili on my salad, gross. But will eat the chili separately.

It’s very easy. ask for the meat to not be included. Many fast food places will subsitute meat or will eliminate it entirely.

BTW, you can order bean tacos at Taco Bell if you are so inclined to ask. Just keep in mind that the beef and the beans are cooked and kept warm close to each other, not guaranteeing that you will not get a bit of beef in your bean taco.

I hate Burger King for my own reasons - mainly because I work there, although I’m leaving Thursday.

But for pete’s sake, resenting the presence of meat in your salad is a little odd even for me. At least at Burger King, I can definately tell you there is absolutely NO problem if you want a chicken ceasar salad, hold the chicken. For that matter, the “side garden salad” has no meat on it whatsoever.

Dear god. I just defended burger king. I’m sick, I need help.

For some reason, NinjaChick, your name really turns me on.

I just can’t understand your aversion to eating salads with meat on them, so I don’t think it would work out. I hope we can still be friends.

Ummm…look. They make whatever kind of salad that they think their customers will buy. If you don’t like the kind of salad they offer then don’t fucking go there. Jesus Fucking Christ, find somewhere where you like the salad, go there instead, and shut the fuck up!

Sorry for capping on you but I have had it with people bitching because this store or that store doesn’t cater to their particular needs. Why don’t you go bitch to them about your problem?


I can understand why you don’t like McDonald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box, Burger King, and KFC. They aren’t for everybody, and some of the stuff they serve out is indeed slop.

But Chick-Fil-A? How can you not LOVE Chick-Fil-A, the best fast food restaurant in the WORLD?

I know what you’re going to say. “I’m a vegetarian”. But Chick-Fil-A chicken can’t honestly be called chicken. It is equal parts Ambrosia and Manna. Especially the nuggets. Mmmm…nuggets…and ther chicken sandwich with pickles…DROOL.

Um…what was I saying?

I was talking to my sister about the new McDonald’s salads just this weekend. A Jewish (? - non-pork-eating, I know) friend of hers went into McDonald’s and asked for one prepared minus the bacon. They gave her one. The next day she came in and asked for another one, and they refused. The cashier also basically told her that she could take her business elsewhere. Complaining to the corporation got a response amounting to “our franchisees can do what they want.”

So hey, sometimes people do bitch, and they get told to screw off.

There apparently is a Caesar salad option (no chicken or bacon) listed on the McDonald’s website, but I have yet to see one offered at any McDonald’s. The website doesn’t list anchovies as part of the dressing, but I’m not sure I trust it entirely. I don’t like their regular side salads, as they’re mostly iceberg lettuce. I want greens with any sort of nutritional content if I’m going to shell out that much cash for rabbit food.

The fries are dipped in beef broth (and here I just thought for years that I was getting older and was just having trouble digesting fried foods at times), and they don’t list the ingredients of their broccoli cheese soup on their website (last I looked) so I don’t know if I should risk that stuff either.

KFC? KF freaking C. The C stands for CHICKEN. It ain’t KFV. They sell CHICKEN. WTF. And while I’m at it why oh why would anyone really expect these places the be temples of healthy food? They are a junk food fix. They should not be expected to provide you with all of your daily nutrition. It’s junk. So go and enjoy the glory that is grease. Or don’t.

Chicken is a comman ingredient in a salad. Anyway, get one custom made if you are going to be that picky about things.

They have them minus the chicken here.

And BTW…I tried the bacon ranch version with the grilled chicken for lunch last week (only because McDonald’s was on the way back to the office and I was running late) and it was delicious.

I was really surprised.

Now I want it to be lunchtime here so I can get another one…

This thing that really gets me is that this thread is making me drool. Food. i need food. SHIT! I forgot to make myself lunch today! I never do so, but I had decided to start. And I forgot.

Maybe I’ll just go across the street to the cafeteria and get burgers.

But there is oh-so-much food at home! Damn my wife! Damn her!!!

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