Photo: Elizabeth Hait
This week, Wendy's launched four new salads, joining their Garden Sensations line which launched in 2002.
To be honest, we were surprised to see the rather high calorie and fat content in the Baja Salad, Apple Pecan Chicken, BLT Cobb and the Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad (more details about the salads after the jump), especially during the summer months when most people are trying to slim down. The original Garden Sensations line boasts much lighter options, notably the Mandarin Chicken Salad and Chicken Caesar.
While we weren't a fan of all of them, we can say that if were at an airport, stuck with limited options, we'd be happy to grab one of these.
Each salad reviewed after the jump...
BLT Cobb Salad
Nutritional Info: 47 grams fat, 670 calories
What's in it: Spring salad greens, two strips of Applewood Smoked Bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese, chopped egg, warm grilled chicken with a creamy avocado ranch dressing.
Our testers said: "Of course I'm going to like this one, it's full of fat and calories!" "The bacon was surprisingly good -- didn't have that chemical aftertaste most fast-food establishments can't avoid." "The combination of the chopped eggs, chicken and blue cheese went perfectly with a really light ranch dressing (which is hard to come by)."
Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
Nutritional Info: 27 grams fat, 580 calories
What's in it: Spring salad greens, blue cheese, Granny Smith and sweet red apples, roasted pecans, dried cranberries, warm grilled chicken with a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing.
Our testers said: "I really wanted to like this salad, but it just didn't come together for me." "The combination of apples, cranberries AND pomegranate was overwhelming -- the salad was too sweet and the chicken got lost." "I would have loved this with just the apples, chicken, blue cheese and a simple vinaigrette."
Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad
Nutritional Info: 49 grams fat, 740 calories
What's in it: Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, shaved Asiago cheese, French bread croutons, Wendy's spicy chicken with a lemon garlic Caesar dressing.
Our testers said: We can't officially give this salad a grade because Wendy's forgot to put the salad dressing in our bag. However, we can say that the garlic croutons with sea salt, black pepper and garlic were absolutely delicious. And with Wendy's classic spicy chicken filet on top, we believe this salad has potential. We look forward to going back and trying this one again (with the dressing this time).
Nutritional Info: 47 grams fat, 740 calories
What's in it: Spring salad greens, cheddar and pepper-jack cheeses, guacamole, Pico de Gallo, tortilla strips, Wendy's chili with a creamy red jalapeno dressing.
Our testers said: "Some people really like Wendy's chili, I don't, therefore this salad just didn't do it for me." "I found that the chili watered down the greens, which got lost underneath a heap of beef and avocado." "The only thing I liked about this salad was the refreshing Pico de Gallo, which there wasn't enough of."
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