Review: Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad from Burger King
In the spirit of spring and the fact that it is a beautiful day out, I decided to grab a salad and have a little picnic in my yard. The photos were taken outside on the hood of my Jeep, that being the most stable surface available.
I will preface this review by saying I am not normally a huge fan of Burger King. To me they just lack the versatility in options and flavors that we are coming to expect from fast food. Their food all seems to taste the same and in my experience the service is atrocious. I am sorry to report that I was not dis-proven on either score. Here’s a review of the new Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad from Burger King.
The runner at Burger King handed me the salad as one would a particularly thick volume of the encyclopedia. The salad was sideways. The paper bag right side up. Right off, this quirked my eyebrow. As a consumer, few things irritate me more than shoddy construction or presentation. I find it insulting to open up my dinner only to discover a lesson in chaos. Sloppily assembled burgers, half-full cartons of fries, salads served on their side with the paper bag standing up as if holding a stack of cheeseburgers. Nope, this upright sack made from dead trees is a salad; cobbled together as if by an angry storm. Most restaurants will serve a salad horizontally in a plastic bag specifically made for such culinary endeavors. This was not the case. Not only did the tabs to open the container not line up, making the salad significantly difficult to access, but there was a piece of lettuce caught in the crossfire.
The apples were dry, with a musty, back-corner-of-the-attic flavor. They were obviously fresh, evident in the absence of any discoloration, but tasted of poor quality. The lettuce was average. Very lettuce-like, it neither lacked any specific qualities nor did it excel at being lettuce-like in any regard. But hey, how good can lettuce REALLY be? Also of average taste and substance were the pre-packaged croutons and ranch dressing. The chicken was quite dry, and oddly chopped into squares of varying sizes with mediocre flavor that I’ve quite honestly already forgotten about, five minutes afterward. The cranberries unfortunately did not make it to the party. They RSVP’d, but failed to show their shriveled, pruny faces. The bleu cheese crumbles were surprisingly scrumptious, and the whole production could have benefited from a significantly higher number amongst the otherwise bland and uninspired entree. There just was not enough cheese on the salad and anyone who knows me knows my position on bleu cheese. When given a choice at restaurants between ranch or bleu cheese I often state “Ranch please, *&%# bleu cheese”, but I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy it here.
The Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Salad was so hastily thrown together, I will not be back for another one. The only thing I enjoyed were the bleu cheese crumbles which were the least plentiful ingredient, unless you count the cranberries which must have made other plans for the evening. The apples might have fallen off the back of a fertilizer truck, for their unpleasant flavor and dehydrated flesh. The lettuce was the definition of lettuce, no more and no less. Lastly, the chicken was quite disappointing with little flavor and no moisture. Save yourselves a trip to BK and five bucks, because you are not missing a thing here.
Pros: Maybe since BK will let you have it your way, you can get it with extra bleu cheese.
Cons: Careless presentation, poor quality ingredients, little flavor. The only redeeming quality here is that this is a salad and not some huge, fatty burger dripping with grease.
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 4.00/10
More Info: BK.com
Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad
Total Fat: 26 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 100 mg
Sodium: 950 mg
Total Carbs: 35 g
Sugars: 35 g
Protein: 35 g