Review: Wendy’s Berry Almond Chicken SaladAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Fishers, IN
One of the best things about summer is all the fresh fruits and vegetables that start popping up in stores and on restaurant menus, even at fast food joints. It’s at one of those fast food joints that I decided to try one of theose limited time offerings focusing on these fresh fruits and that lead me to Wendy’s and one of their new summer salads.
What I Got: Full Size Berry Almond Chicken Salad; $6.49.
They also have a half size salad available too, but after seeing this full size salad, I can’t imagine the half size salad being any more than a snack, but I guess that is all you need sometimes. Anyway, this salad was obviously a bed of lettuce (duh) topped with chopped strawberries, blueberries, warm chicken breast (the fact that it was warm surprised me, but it was a welcome addition) and asiago cheese. The salad also comes with toasted almonds, but those are served in a packet on the side so that you can apply them yourself. I’d imagine this is done for those people with nut allergies, so I guess that’s a good thing. Thankfully, I’m not one of those people, so I hurriedly dumped those on top of my salad along with the fat free raspberry vinaigrette dressing that comes with the salad as well.
In terms of taste, it’s pretty much as you’d expect. The fruits bring a nice sweet tang to the salad and when you mix that with the raspberry vinaigrette, you get a nice cool blast that makes you forget that it’s about a billion degrees outside. The almonds add a nice crunch to the salad (along with the lettuce) and that plays well off the soft texture of the fruits. The cheese is hardly noticeable, but when you do taste it, it brings a certain saltiness to the salad that is needed to counteract the sweetness (the almonds are also seasoned with sea salt, so they bring some saltiness as well). The chicken is just typical chicken breast that they’d use on a sandwich (except it was diced up of course), but what made it more appealing was that it was served warm and this warmness mixed with the coolness of the fruits and lettuce, along with the saltiness of the cheese and almonds was the perfect combination.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, I certainly would. There’s nothing that’s going to blow your mind about this salad, but if you want a healthy and cooling summer treat, you certainly have a winner with this salad, especially since it’s from a fast food restaurant. It’s a bit more expensive than I’d like for just a salad, but my cheap self will just have to get over that.