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Chick-fil-A ditches iceberg lettuce, prefers more nutritional options

Chick-fil-A employees prepare chicken sandwiches for guests
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Twitter's lettuce-loathers rejoiced Monday after a report that quick-service chain Chick-fil-A banned iceberg lettuce from its restaurants. While it's not entirely fair to call it a ban, you won't be seeing the watery, pale greens with your chicken club anytime soon, a spokeswoman told CNBC.

There's no iceberg lettuce currently on the menu, though it's not a policy, just a preference, the company said.

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"There's no official ban in place," said Carrie Kurlander, vice president of public relations at Chick-fil-A. "What you will find is our premium salads and 'Superfood Side' introduced this year include ingredients like kale and romaine lettuce, and we've opted for these because of the nutrients and flavor they pack in every bite."

Business Insider first revealed Chick-fil-A's move away from iceberg lettuce in a Monday report that had foodies buzzing.

"It's at the bottom of the salad food chain," David Farmer, Chick-fil-A vice president of menu strategy and development, said in an interview from Chick-fil-A's test kitchen, reported Business Insider. "There is no nutritional value in iceberg lettuce."


Chick-fil-A has been gradually shifting away from iceberg in favor of romaine and baby greens since 2013, the company said. It's part of a menu shake up for the fast food joint that seeks to pursue healthier menu options.

Chick-fil-A's Superfood Side, introduced in January, was the first to offer a kale-based product nationwide. Customers are able to order a Superfood Side — which features hand-chopped kale, broccolini, dried sour cherries and roasted nuts with a maple vinaigrette dressing — as an alternative to french fries, according to Business Insider.