May 11, 2011

Review: McDonald's - Asian Salad Returns for the Summer

Returning this summer through early September, McDonald's Asian Salad is one of the more healthy options on the menu and features iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce, spring greens, edamame, red pepper strips, carrots, sliced almonds, mandarin oranges, and snow peas.

The salad costs $4.69 with grilled or crispy chicken which is in line with other McDonald's salads. It is also available without chicken.

While a little bit pricey, the Asian Salad is priced competitively with similar offerings by other fast food chains and is quite a fair bit of food; more than I tend to eat in one sitting actually. I ate half initially and saved the other half for later.

Visually, the veggies were relatively fresh although iceberg lettuce always looks cheap to me and is of sparse nutritional value. It does add a watery, crispy crunch to any salad though. I especially liked the edamame (green soybeans) which add a soft bean texture and a subtle flavor. The mandarin oranges were muted in flavor but juicy. Oddly, my salad only contained one pod of snow peas. The almonds come in a separate little bag which helps them retain a lot of their freshness and crunch.
The strongest flavor is supplied by the chicken which is marinated and orange glazed. It was quite tender as well. There's enough flavor in the chicken to enjoy the salad without the dressing for healthier eating, but I love me some sesame ginger dressing so I went with a little bit less than half the dressing which is plenty.

Overall, McDonald's Asian Salad is a refreshing blend of veggies, chicken and flavor. And beyond the sodium count (which varies with your choice of chicken and the amount of dressing you use), is quite good for you. I'm really surprised McDonald's isn't keeping it on as a regular menu item.

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Nutritional Info - McDonald's Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken (356g)
Calories - 270 (from Fat - 80)
Fat - 9g (Saturated Fat - 1g)
Sodium - 640mg
Carbs - 21g (Sugar - 13g)
Protein - 29g

Nutritional Info - Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing (1.5 fl oz)
Calories - 90 (from Fat - 25)
Fat - 2.5g (Saturated Fat - 0g)
Sodium - 410mg
Carbs - 15g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 1g


  1. I am really disappointed that the Asian salad was only on for the summer.  Why?

  2. Have had this salad twice and OMG it is sooo good.  It tastes like a salad from a resort.  So crunchy, flavorful and fresh....with loads of chicken.  McDonalds needs to keep this on their menu year-round!!  This is the perfect solution to taking your kids out for a hamburger and a great salad for mom! 

  3. Why don't you have that salad permanently? That is the best salad that you've had on your menu.

  4.  I LOVE Newman's Own products (their Fig Newman's are amazing; as well as wheat & dairy free), but this salad seems to taste better with Marzetti's Asian Ginger Dressing (IF you take the salad home, or have access to that dressing at work, etc.)  It's not as sweet if you enjoy the taste of ginger more.  But then again, I also enjoy sliced jalepenos with it as well! ha! :) 

  5. i love this salad minus the tangerine 

  6. Great article!  Does the nutrition information you provide include the almonds?  Thanks!

  7. Why would the nutrition information BE provided not include the almonds?

  8. Yes, it does. Thanks!

  9. Hi I'm writing a post about this salad and couldn't seem to find a good photo online that correctly represents what the salad looks like. I was wondering if I could use your photo in my blog post? (with a link to this page, of course)


  10. Sure. Feel Free. Thanks for asking.

  11. Looks good. When it comes to salads I usually pass at fast food. I love fruit, nuts and cheese combos on my salad, and not that crappy cheddar blend people just throw on. But I've noticed more and more FF go to "Asian" and "Harvest" versions of salads. Still, I don't know if the price is worth it, but a good option for the healthy crow


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