Limited-service salad/healthful was the fastest-growing restaurant segment in America last year, with its 23 chains in the Top 500 seeing systemwide sales growth of 17.4% in 2022.
Every year, Nation’s Restaurant News and Datassential partner to present The Top 500, the definitive sales ranking of restaurants in America.
One element of this data is restaurant segment, meaning each can be broken down by systemwide domestic sales, units, and estimated sales per unit. NRN has been analyzing the Top 10 restaurant chains in each segment by sales, and today we’re talking about limited-service chains serving salads or other healthful foods.
There were 23 such chains in the full Top 500, and all of the 10 largest grew systemwide sales — all by at least 6.5%, one as much as 38.3%. The largest chain in the group broke $1 billion in systemwide sales. Nine of the companies grew estimated sales per unit, and seven added net new units in 2022.
There were some shuffles in the bottom half of the list, including a newcomer to the Top 10 at No. 7.
Click through the gallery to see the 10 largest limited-service salad/healthful chains in America.