Salads Plus, which was launched in March, was heralded as a key defence against anti-obesity lobbyists, demonstrating that the fast-food company was offering healthy meal options alongside its burgers and fries.
However, the most radical shake-up of McDonald's menu in 20 years came under fire from nutritionists when it transpired that some combinations of Salad Plus meals contained more fat than a typical burger meal.
The reduced-fat products will be backed by a major promotion in McDonald's UK restaurants from 17 January.
The change is the result of a review, called the 'listening campaign', led by chief executive Peter Beresford. He is conducting a tour of 13 UK cities until February, gathering consumer feedback that will inform the company's product innovation and marketing strategy.