Jun 10, 2013

Review: El Pollo Loco - Mexican Cobb Salad

El Pollo Loco's Mexican Cobb Salad comes with diced, fire-grilled chicken, diced bits of bacon, sliced avocado, shredded jack cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, iceberg and romaine lettuce blend, and crunchy tortilla strips with a cup of creamy cilantro dressing.

One of these salads costs $6.19 in my area.

Like a Cobb salad, the ingredients are presented separated rather than mixed together. Besides the pico de gallo salsa, everything was pretty fresh and well-proportioned. The salsa felt like it had been sitting for a few days and was mushy as a result. It did provide a nice tanginess though.

I thought maybe there wasn't enough chicken for the salad, but between the beans, bacon, chicken and cheese, there was enough savory components that I didn't feel the need for dressing. The chicken sported some nice char and a light, seasoned flavor with a touch of citrus. I just mixed everything together and there was a good deal of flavors and textures to go around. The avocado added a buttery richness and the bacon and tortilla strips were crispy enough.

The bulk of the salad is a blend of iceberg lettuce and romaine lettuce. It felt like 90 percent iceberg lettuce which brings a nice crispness, but isn't nearly as nutritious as romaine.

The dressing was much like creamy ranch with hints of cilantro. I didn't feel a need for it and used it sparingly.

Overall, the Mexican Cobb Salad came together much as you'd expect from the ingredient list. The proportions were well thought out and the end result was tasty with or without the dressing. Besides the not-so-fresh salsa, the rest was pretty good.

Nutritional Info - El Pollo Loco Avocado Mexican Cobb Salad w/o dressing (14.5 oz)
Calories - 450 (from Fat - 210)
Fat - 24g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 750mg
Carbs - 43g (Sugar - 5g)
Protein - 19g

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