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Chick-fil-A to swap out coleslaw for ‘superfoods’ kale salad

People walk past a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York.
People walk past a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York. AP

Some chopped kale to go with your spicy chicken sandwich?

Chick-fil-A is introducing a “superfoods” salad of kale, broccolini, dried cherries and roasted nuts on Jan. 18, the day it is retiring the popular coleslaw that has been on its menu for nearly 50 years.

The new salad is much lighter than the Southern favorite it’s replacing. The small kale salad has 140 calories and the larger portion has 170 calories, while the medium coleslaw has 360 calories, Nation’s Restaurant News reported.

Chick-fil-A’s menu swap comes as other fast food restaurants are lightening up their offerings to attract health-conscious customers. McDonald’s, for example, has been touting its salads and chicken wraps as others like Chipotle that shy away from chemical additives and artificial ingredients grow in the fast-casual industry.

“The Superfood Side is not something you would expect to see at a fast food restaurant, and we’re thrilled to kick off 2016 with something that can help people stick to their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthfully,” said David Farmer, vice president of menu strategy and development for Chick-fil-A, in a statement.

Chick-fil-A’s new salad is available in 5- or 8-ounce servings and priced starting at $2.59 for the 5-ounce and $3.79 for the 8-ounce portion. It’s also offered as a substitution in any combo meal for an upcharge of 94 cents, the restaurant said.

The Atlanta-based privately held franchise company has more than 1,900 restaurants in 41 states and Washington, D.C. The company operates 40 restaurants in the Charlotte area.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta