Fast Food Review: Fruit and Walnut Salad from McDonald’s

A lot of us have become really good at coming up with excuses to why we don’t always make the healthiest food choices.  At a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s, it’s getting harder and harder to be stuck with making the choice for a McDouble or 4-piece McNuggets.  The truth is, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you can really eat some nutritious items when out and about.  One good example of this is the $1.49 Fruit and Walnut Salad from McDonald’s .

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While it’s true that value menu items usually don’t offer the healthiest choices, you’ve got to admit $1.49 isn’t a whole lot of scratch to drop for a healthy snack.  The Fruit and Walnut Salad is a prepackaged small tray of seedless red grapes, apple slices, sweet candied walnuts and low-fat yogurt.  The fruits, walnuts and yogurt are all contained in their separate sections of the plastic package.  I have found myself drowning all the walnuts into the yogurt and then dipping each fruit into the sweet concoction as if it were chips and nacho cheese.  It really is a refreshing treat and a nice substitute for french fries.  While it’s true, I’d like to see an expansion to the fruit portion of this salad, the red grapes and sliced apples are always clean and fresh.  The candied walnuts are sweet, crunchy and really make the package complete.  The low-fat yogurt is light and creamy and compliments the fruit and walnuts very well.

So those who are looking for healthier choices, stop at your local McDonalds and pick up the Fruit and Walnut Salad.  The small combination of  fruits, walnuts and yogurt may not satisfy a big appetite, but it will definitely work as a nice side item or snack.  At the price of $1.49, why not give it a try?  More fast food places need to get on the bandwagon and add healthier items to their value menus.  This is a very good supplemental item for your order when you consider the price and the fact that it’s way more nutritious than fries.

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Pros: A healthier alternative to fries. Inexpensive at $1.49. Sealed and fresh. Sweet and tasty.

Cons: Not a great variety of fruits, just apple/grapes.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 8.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Price: $1.49

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info: McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 210
Total Fat - 8 grams
Saturated Fat - 1.5 grams
Carbs - 31 grams
Cholesterol - 5 milligrams
Sodium - 60 milligrams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 25 grams
Protein - 4 grams

13 comments on “Fast Food Review: Fruit and Walnut Salad from McDonald’s

  1. Marianne says:

    I think I’d rather have the small fries at 230 calories, and a zillion grams of fat … but hey, that’s just me … lol! Love the site guys.

  2. Salad yesterday and Fruit and Walnut Salad today? I never thought that I would see the word salad 2 days in a row from GG! I’ve never had this, good to know that it is ok.

  3. Will says:

    I get this everytime I swing by Mickey D’s. It’s a good side item. Something about it being pre-packaged makes me feel better. It’s tasty and only $1.49.

  4. Adam says:

    I would get this as a side at McDonalds considering the other options available, but I don’t think I’d stop by a Mickey D’s just for this. If I want fruit and yourt I can still get a nice ripe apple and the yogurt of my choice from my supermarket for about the same price, maybe cheaper. But I like the option, so props to McDonalds (although I like the idea of granola better than walnuts too)

  5. Heather says:

    I have had this “salad” several times and it has always been fresh. They also have a parfait on their $$ menu that is really good. It is usually a toss-up for me as to which one I get.

  6. Shan says:

    This is one of my favorite things at McDonalds. I love the taste of the yogurt, but I can do without the walnuts.

  7. Dude! This is great. I really think McDs trys. I think they’ve done a good job of giving healthier options. Hats off to ’em.

  8. Ryan says:

    @ Marianne … Yeah it’s hard to resist those fries. Thanks for the kind words.
    @ WIBIA … Yeah, I thought the same thing. Might have to go on a salad hiatus now.
    @ Will … Agreed…it’s a good side item. More fast food places need to add healthier choices to the “value” menus.
    @ Adam … The parfait at McD’s uses granola…only a buck.
    @ Heather … I just recently started getting the $1.00 parfait…it’s pretty decent.
    @ Shan … I like the yogurt taste and the walnuts are a good touch I think, you can definitely cut out some calories without them though.
    @ Bear … Definitely…I rarely go to McD’s but when I do I usually grab a fruit & walnut salad and a grilled chkn snack wrap. Not too horrible for you.

  9. rob says:

    Walnuts are ridiculously good for you (assuming you don’t pig out on them).

  10. Ryan says:

    @ rob … true…these are sugary coated candied walnuts though. Still good. I like them.

  11. @Ryan – HAHAHA. It’s like vegetables are good for you….’cept when you batter, fry, cheese and sauce ’em. Onions are good for you…especially the Awesome Blossom from Outback 🙂 They DO taste yummy though.

  12. I love these too.

    McD’s has been pretty smart with the parents with kids set. By being the first to offer apples instead of fries, they retained a ton of customers. Especially right after the Supersize me debacle.

    Still, nothing beats a quarter pound with cheese every once in awhile…

  13. Rachel says:

    I’d love to know what the nutrition facts would be for this w/o the candied walnuts! Ive been looking online and just cannot seem to find them. I end up eating fast food often just due to being a super busy full student who also works 50+ hours a week, and i’m always on the look out for healthy alternatives that are cheap and that are grab and go!