Celebrate National Salad Month with My favorite McDonald’s Salad

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McDonald’s. All opinions are my own.

You guys know that I’m a sucker for the goofy holidays and trends to celebrate. It makes my homeschool planning much more fun with the kids. After I posted this POST about celebrating  National Egg Month  a friend of mine emailed me a list of all the quirky and strange holidays that I could celebrate. I think I just like an excuse to theme our days from time to time.

And May is NATIONAL SALAD MONTH which it fitting because everything in our garden is starting to sprout up and make my mouth water for all the fresh fruits and vegetables of the summer. Our Garden Day is an annual tradition that we look forward to every year. We will have sliced tomatoes at every meal and squash every day all summer long. I don’t complain about cooking in the summer because it is actually fun with a grill fired up and all the in season fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s much more fun to cook, eat, and shop for all the fresh ingredients!

I have tons of recipes for summer salads that I love and could eat every day. I shared this one with you this week. Yum! I love a salad with fresh fruit and nuts on it. Nuts add crunch and flavor while fruits add the perfect sweetness. Spring and summer are the best seasons for a good salad.

This week, I was running errands in town  and had to eat out for lunch. (You call it going to “town” when you live rurally with cows and chickens and head to the closest city with a walmart.)

So, I opted for getting my favorite McDonald’s salad which is the Southwest Grilled Chicken salad.

It is a bed of  crisp chopped romaine, baby spinach, baby kale, red leaf lettuce and ribbon cut carrots topped with their artisan grilled chicken and layered with black beans, roasted corn and tomatoes, and poblano peppers. Did you know their chicken is made with 100% chicken breast filet with no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors?! The salad is sprinkled with cheddar and jack cheeses, chili-lime tortilla strips and cilantro. I LOVE cilantro, so anything with cilantro on it is usually a selling point for me when I order something.

I try growing it every year, but always manage to kill it somehow. So, getting it at restaurants is a must for me. I am trying really hard to keep my cilantro alive this year!

The McDonald’s Southwest Grilled Chicken salad is only 350 calories so it’s a great choice when eating fast food out and still working on making good choices and being healthy.

Speaking of making good healthy choices, I’ve been working this year to get back to pre-baby weight. I started running back in January as soon as my doctor released me to run post c-section. (That’s a lie, I was running 2 weeks before I got the official release. oops)

And I MADE IT! Woo Hoo! My goal was to be pre-baby weight 4 months post baby, but that didn’t happen. It was 5 months before I met my goal. But, that’s okay!

Check out this little 5 month cutie!

So now, it’s time to set some new fitness goals. YIPEE! (Stay Tuned for a post about my fitness tips  update and running plan soon!)

What is your favorite salad to make at home?

What is your favorite McDonald’s salad? 

Southwest Grilled Chicken?

Southwest Buttermilk Crispy Chicken?

Bacon Ranch Buttermilk Crispy Chicken?

Bacon Ranch  Grilled Chicken?


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  1. McDonald’s salads have really come a long way. Theses days, they’re the type of salad you’d get at a fancy restaurant.

  2. I am a salad fanatic! I could eat them daily and really I pretty much do. I will have to check out what McDonald’s has to offer. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Victoria Heckstall says:

    I didn’t realize that is National Salad Month and my favoriteMcDonald’s Salad is Southwest Grilled Chicken.

  4. Yum that salad looks delicious! I love that McDonald’s offers so many yummy salad choices!

  5. Ali Rost says:

    I hadn’t eaten at McDonalds for the longest time .. that is until last month. My husband and I were on the road and it was the only place open late at night. I was so surprised to find salads on their menu. The Southwest Grilled Chicken is now one I’ll stop for at least once a week!

  6. I need to improve reducing my waistline a bit so whenever hit McDonalds consider getting a salad. I’m weak though and always tend to drive away with a Big Mac of quarterpounder with cheese.

  7. I haven’t been to McDonalds in years. I am glad they have salad options now.

  8. Rebecca Swenor says:

    Congrats on making your whoops run. lol A McDonald’s Southwest Grilled Chicken salad sounds so good and I haven’t had a salad from there in such a long time. Thanks for sharing the awesome McDonald’s salad.

  9. The Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad is my favorite as well!

  10. The southwest grilled chicken salad is my favorite. I can even eat it without adding the high calorie salad dressingtoo.

  11. Shirley Martinez says:

    I must confess that I’ve never had a Mcdonald’s Salad…. But every time I see a picture of one, I am tempted to try it. Maybe I finally will.

  12. Hello there 5 month cutie! 🙂 I’ve never tried McDonald’s salads yet. Those look good though. Now I’m hungry.

  13. I love all of McDonald’s salads!! If I had to pick a fave it would be the Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken!!

  14. Oh this salad is surely delicious! I would love to try this.

  15. Jennifer G says:

    I have never tried a McDonalds salad before. I have heard good things but usually don’t visit too often as I don’t drive. If I had a car I would be there every day for lunch I am sure! LOL~

  16. I love a good salad. I didn’t know it was national salad month. Grilled chicken Cesar salad is my favorite .

  17. The southwest is my fav. I always get mine with grilled chicken.

  18. I love a good salad who knew it was national salad month? I didnt know McDonalds had all of these new salad options

  19. A great salad is so good for a lunch date. I didn’t know these were all available at McDonalds.

  20. The southwest salad from McDonald’s is so good. It’s definitely my favorite. 🙂

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