Wendy’s Introduces Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad to the Menu
Wendy’s has added two new permanent menu items to its premium salad line – the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. The Asian Cashew Chicken Salad features fire-roasted edamame and spicy roasted cashews while the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad goes with fire-roasted corn and honey barbeque sauce.
Asian Cashew Chicken Salad: The Asian Cashew Chicken Salad is a full sized, full flavored nutritious option. The fully dressed full-size salad is only 380 calories, while the half-size has only 240 calories. Wendy’s has gone beyond the predictable canned fruit and ginger dressing found in other Asian-inspired salads in favor of more contemporary, on-trend ingredients like fire-roasted edamame and red peppers sliced fresh in every Wendy’s restaurant.
In addition to the hint of smokiness added by the edamame, Wendy’s brings the heat with spicy roasted cashews dusted with garlic, onion and sea salt, and a Light Spicy Asian Chili Vinaigrette made with chili garlic sauce, roasted peanuts, soy sauce, lime juice and brown sugar. The Asian Cashew Chicken Salad also features freshly sliced cucumbers, a lettuce blend made up of 11 different kinds of field greens topped with a warm, grilled chicken breast fillet chopped fresh to order.
BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad: The BBQ Chicken Salad (580 calories for the full size, 310 calories for the half size) is a big, bold salad that is packed with flavor. Inspired by the tastes of a good old-fashioned backyard barbeque, the savory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad uses premium ingredients often found around the grill, such as fire-roasted corn (paying homage to grilled corn on the cob), freshly diced tomatoes and Applewood-Smoked bacon that adds even more crunch.
The salad is served with a BBQ Ranch dressing, made with real buttermilk, parmesan cheese, ancho chili pepper, honey and brown sugar. A warm, grilled chicken breast fillet adds the perfect amount of heat against cool produce, all drizzled with a honey barbeque sauce. The sharpness of shredded cheddar cheese complements the sweetness from the barbeque sauce. The salad also includes 11 different kinds of field greens that give a burst of freshness.