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Oct 31, 2016

Review: Wendy's - Taco Salad

Wendy's Taco Salad features a blend of iceberg and Romaine lettuce topped off with the chain's signature chili, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheddar cheese. Tortilla chips, sour cream, and salsa come on the side to add as you will.

A full-size portion is $6.79 in my area but I received this courtesy of Wendy's.

Although it's not what's mentioned in the description, my chili also came on the side. It does make sense though, at least for to-go orders, as the heat of the chili might wilt the lettuce and cook the tomatoes otherwise.

Wendy's Taco Salad is a bit of a throwback salad and goes to when a fast food salad was iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese; before they took a cue from casual dining joints and started going with ingredients like spring mix, quinoa, and blueberries. The simplicity is refreshing.

The strongest flavor comes from the chili which offers a fairly meaty, tomato base. I always add some of the chain's hot chili seasoning for a spicy kick. With the tomato and different seasonings, it doesn't really get one thinking of tacos though. The salsa contributes to the overall tomato-y tang but also tosses in a robust zestiness.

The sour cream chips in a contrasting creaminess but there's not all that much to go around.

The chips and lettuce blend offer a nice crunch factor and the tomatoes were pretty fresh. It's nice to scoop up what you want with the tortilla chips.

Overall, Wendy's Taco Salad works rather nicely with the chili adding some zip to a classic fast food salad. I wouldn't call it a taco salad (maybe a chili salad?) but I did enjoy it very much.

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Taco Salad - full size
Calories - 660 (from Fat - 290)
Fat - 32g (Saturated Fat - 13g)
Sodium - 1820mg
Carbs - 63g (Sugar - 18g)
Protein - 32g


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