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Jun 1, 2011

Review: Wendy's - Berry Almond Chicken Salad

Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad is a new seasonal item for this summer featuring fresh blueberries and strawberries on a bed of fresh-chopped romaine and iceberg lettuce and spring mix joined by sliced almonds, shaved Asiago cheese, grilled chicken breast, and a fat-free raspberry vinaigrette.

I picked up a full-sized portion for $6.49. A half-sized portion is also available for $4.49.

While pricier than McDonald's summer Asian Salad offering, Wendy's Berry Almond Salad is also a fair amount bigger and sports more chicken. It's a pretty easy salad to share.

The blueberries and strawberries, while not abundant, were fresh and imparted enough flavor to keep it interesting without making me feel like I was eating a fruit salad. That being said, the salad could have had a couple more blueberries and strawberries.
Like a lot of fast food salads, the bulk of the salad was mostly iceburg lettuce which added a lot of crispness but not so much nutrition. The rest of the greens blend in with stronger flavors.

The almonds are slightly salted with sea salt and add a welcome crunch.

The Asiago cheese, unlike a lot of cheeses used in fast food applications, actually had a strong and distinctive flavor.

The chicken, which came in a good amount, was tender but a bit salty. I would guess that most of the sodium in the salad comes from the chicken. I think a lower salt or even unsalted chicken would still be good in this salad with all the many flavors going on and would pump up the health credibility a little more. It also could have been cut up a bit better; my chunks were still stuck to each other, and like two kids fighting on the playground, had to be separated.
The raspberry vinaigrette brings to mind a lighter, thinner raspberry syrup. I was given two packets, but one was plenty for the salad.

Overall, Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad is an excellent mix of a lot of flavors; a balanced blend of sweet, salty, and tart with a fresh, crisp texture.

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad - full-sized w/dressing (433g)
Calories - 460 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 17g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 1100mg
Carbs - 44g (Sugar - 31g)
Protein - 38g


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19 comments :

  1. I love your berry almond chicken salad, but why so much sodium.

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  2. i sorry i make less sodium next time

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  3. lmao that reminded me of the guy that owns city wok on south park

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  4. Reducing salt seems to be the last frontier when it comes to healthy fast food. Great review though.

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  5. Yummy! I ate it the 2nd day it was offered on Guam. Seasoning on chicken breast is too salty, hence the high sodium count. Catch it fast before Wendy's Guam can't afford to offer it any longer.

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  6. Oh!...that's great helpful, it's so right to me!
    Million thanks for the article,

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  7. maybe you should stop reviewing fast food considering it's fast food and yet you still need to point out how salty it is in EVERY SINGLE REVIEW.  I think it's safe to assume fast food is salty, every single time, every single item.

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  8. Lol I guess decent point. But it's not that this blog makes it salty! I agree he is redundant sometimes with it, but to some extent, it is what it is...

    Do you prefer he just ignores the flaws and praises everything decent?

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  9. As long as I can wander into the grocery store close to the Wendys and buy an all-you-can-eat salad and with an area to sit down at to eat I am unable to pay nearly the same price for a salad made but one way.

    The salad bar at the grocery stores has dozens of items, pick and choose, including hunks of lean non-salty chicken and several other meats.

    Several lettuce types and just a BIG bunch of toppings and macaroni and potato salads and.... just a HUGE assortment AND a several fresh fruits AND some puddings and other sweets for desert.

    On the whole, due to being unable to drive AND eat a salad I can not conceive of ANY reason to buy a fast-food sourced salad.

    Sure, a burger, fries, etc. can be bought and eaten while driving but a salad is a differing proposition.

    Perhaps Wendys might consider their own salad bar!!!!

    Sure, for sundry reasons it may not have as many offerings as those within that grocery store but there must be others akin to me who walk away from Wendys salad fare for better deals elsewhere.
     

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  10. Due to food safety reasons salad bars are a no no.

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  11. Tho't this was really pretty yummy considering it's from a fast food place.  I'd definitely eat it again.  I hate salt and didn't think the chicken was the l least bit salty tasting.  I agree about too few berries.  Not sure why sodium counts have to be so astronomical in so many foods.  Again, tho', I highly recommend this salad.  It really is quite good.

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  12. Would love to try this salad but I am diabetic. 31 grams of sugar for a salad is way too much. I mix low fat yougert with strawberries and blueberries, add sunflower seeds and get less than half that amount of sugar. Everything has way too much sugar or salt for a diabetic to eat. Think of us for a change. We like to eat out to.

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  13. I agree, the chicken is WAY too salty but this is a pretty good salad. The second time I tried it I ended up leaving half of the chicken uneaten because the salt was just too much. I'm always thrilled to get my two pieces of arugula in a fast food salad though.

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  14. Markrawlinson1966Monday, June 18, 2012

    I tried this salad for the first time tonight.  It was absolutely delicious.  I got the full size and could not eat all of it.  Plenty of chicken! Any idea if the 450 calorie content includes the vinaigarette dressing? 

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  15. It does. The vinaigarette (if you use it all) accounts for 100 of the 450 calories. It looks like they updated the info for this year, so I'll go ahead and update the post.

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  16. Wonderful salad and very healthy, I'm sure, considering the ingredients.  I am, however, curious to know what the 11 types of greens are.  I am aware of the lettuce, but I can't imagine 11 different types of greens.  Though I thoroughly enjoy the salad and have no doubts regarding its nutritional value, I would like to know what greens I'm eating other than the lettuce. Ppl like knowing exactly what they are eating.

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  17. Wonderful, delicious salad!!  Just try to reduce the sodium ( 1100).

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