Review: Asian Salad from Chick-fil-A
I just paid $7.19 for a fast food salad. Three new salads are now available on the updated Chick-fil-A menu and my first sampling was the Asian Salad. Let’s see if this salad was $7.19 well spent.The Asian Salad from Chick-fil-A is described like this:
Chick-fil-A® Nuggets, pressure-cooked, sliced and served hot on a fresh bed of chopped Romaine lettuce and baby greens, topped with shredded red and green cabbage, carrots and mandarin orange segments. Made fresh daily. Served with Honey Thai Almonds, Chinese Garlic & Ginger Wontons and Honey Sesame dressing.
Right off the bat, it’s hard to impress me when I cringe at the fact that I just dropped over 7 bucks for a salad at a drive-thru. Putting that aside for the moment, I still found the new Asian Salad to be a quality salad, yet altogether quite forgettable.The Asian Salad is advertised as a 330 calorie salad, but that’s if you exclude the toppers and dressing that make it truly complete. Adding the Honey Thai Almonds (40 calories), the Chinese Garlic & Ginger Wontons (100 calories), and the Honey Sesame dressing (170 calories) will clock this salad at 610 calories. Let’s not forget the 31 grams of fat and 1900 milligrams of sodium that help you forget you’re trying to eat healthy. But ordering a salad is a choice and how you customize it gives you control over how out of control you want to follow through with that choice.
Chick-fil-A has done away with chicken tenders in their salads and has replaced them with sliced Chick-fil-A Nuggets (not the grilled nuggets for whatever reason). The nuggets on my salad weren’t hot as advertised and I was OK with that. This salad felt smaller than the now discontinued salads. If anything, it seems like the glut of greens have been scaled back to make a better balance of ingredients. At the end of my salad, there were still nugget pieces strewn about and that shows me a well-executed balance of ingredients. The mix of chopped Romaine lettuce, baby greens, carrots and cabbage were crisp, cool and fresh. I was worried the heat of the chicken would have a negative impact on the cold ingredients, but this wasn’t the case. The only ingredients that were a little warm happened to be the mandarin oranges. The mandarin oranges were a juicy and sweet contrast to the salty soy sauce flavors of the crispy wontons. The Honey-Thai almonds lacked much flavor impact when accompanied by everything else, but were welcomed in their subtle crunch. You can choose any Chick-fil-A salad dressing to go with your salad, but I stuck with the recommended Honey Sesame Dressing. I barely used half of the packet of dressing and was satisfied without needing more. The dressing is primarily dominated by a mix of soy sauce, rice vinegar and honey flavors.Nothing really stood out to me with the Asian Salad as overly impressive. This salad is basically the Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad with a Chick-fil-A twist. The fact that the Wendy’s version is now discontinued might be a warning sign for this one, but only time will tell. I would say the Asian Salad hits solid marks in quality as far as fast food is concerned, but at a price of $7.19, it’s hard to give this particular salad any advantages over a fast casual offering. It’s a filling meal, yet doesn’t stand above and beyond in any areas that would warrant a strong recommendation from me.
Pros: Filling. Nice packaging. Balance of ingredients. Chick-fil-A Nuggets.
Cons: $7.19 is too pricey for a fast food salad. Doesn't stand out as a significant improvement over the discontinued salads.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Salad-Detail/ChickfilA-Asian-Salad
Asian Salad with wontons/almonds/dressing:
Calories - 610
Total Fat - 31 grams
Saturated Fat - 4 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 1900 milligrams
Carbs - 52 grams
Dietary Fiber - 6 grams
Sugar - 28 grams
Protein - 33 grams