A closer look at the new kale salad at Chick-fil-A

Customers will soon be able to order a low-calorie kale salad at Chick-fil-A starting on Jan. 18.

Called a “Superside Side,” the salad is blend of hand-chopped kale and broccolini, tossed in a sweet and tangy maple vinaigrette dressing and topped with flavorful dried sour cherries.

It is served with a blend of roasted nuts (walnuts, almonds and pecans) that enhances the flavor and provides added crunch, according to a a press release.

The new side was created in collaboration with James Beard Award Nominee and Atlanta-based chef, Ford Fry of Ford Fry Restaurants.

“I really enjoyed working with the culinary team from Chick-fil-A on incorporating ingredients that are unique to the industry,” said Fry in a press release. “We know that it can be challenging to eat healthy on-the-go, so we wanted to create something that customers will love eating that’s also nutritious.”

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Chick-fil-A recently announced it was droppping Cole Slaw off the menu.

The moves come at a time when people are paying more attention to nutrition and calories, and at a time when many are trying to stick to New Year’s resolutions for eating better. Chick-fil-A is likely first fast food restaurant chain to offer a kale dish on the menu.

The Superfood Side has 140 calories and 7 grams of fat in the 5 oz. portion and 170 calories and 8 grams of fat in the 8 oz. portion.

When the Superfood Side is paired with the company’s grilled nuggets (eight-count) and a zero-calorie beverage, you are looking at a meal with just 280 calories.

The side is available in 5 or 8-ounce servings, and priced at $2.59 for the 5 oz.; $3.79 for the 8 oz. portion. The Superfood Side will also be offered as a substitution in any combo meal for an upcharge of 94 cents.

“The Superfood Side is not something you would expect to see at a fast food restaurant … Customers who have tried it rave about having an option that’s incredibly healthy where you don’t have to sacrifice great taste,” said David Farmer, vice president of menu strategy and development for Chick-fil-A in a statement. “We are always looking for new ways to introduce healthier and all-natural items to our customers, and in partnering with Ford to develop the Superfood Side, we are able to incorporate high-end restaurant flavors and ingredients to our menu.”

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