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My Genuine Salad Surprise

By caseymullins |

My mom was in town over the weekend and last night as we were out running around she said she had a hankering for a “big yummy salad.” I teased her for a bit, telling her that she was beginning to sound like my crunch sister and she must be getting old if she’s craving salad. She began to tell me about this exotic salad she had on vacation one time, something magical was done to the tomatoes, there were some exotic cheeses in it and it was served with cheese encrusted bread. I had to remind her we were in a small town in Indiana where we don’t really do magical things to our tomatoes aside from grow them and eat them. Just then Addie piped up from the back “My mom had a salad on Thursday! It looked DELICIOUS!”

I love when little kids use enormous adjectives.

Addie was right, in my “research” for this campaign I stopped off at Wendy’s with Addie on Thursday so I could have the new Berry Almond Chicken Salad, and y’all? I was honestly surprised.

We’ve all seen those comparisons, the advertised food next to the actual product from the restaurant. Imagine my surprise when I got my salad and it wasn’t just iceberg lettuce, in fact iceberg wasn’t even the majority. There was spinach! Red leaf! Is that a little radicchio? It is! The blueberries were fat and plump, even better than the ones I had just bought at the grocery store. The strawberries had actually just been cut, they hadn’t even begun to get slimy on the edges. The dressing was made with ingredients I could pronounce and buy in the store and the almonds were delicious! I tried to tell Addie how excited I was about my salad but she’s not quite old enough yet to understand that presentation matters more to grownups than what toy comes with your meal.

My mom mentioned she had wanted to try the Berry Almond Chicken salad so we went back again, part of me was worried that this would be the salad that would let me down, but again! Fresh strawberries! Real lettuce! Tasty cheese! Plump blueberries! It wasn’t just a fluke! Even Addie got in on the salad eating with us, which isn’t incredibly rare for her, but I never thought she’d go for salad over nuggets.

I haven’t been to Wendy’s in a really long time, I’ll admit I went in expecting to be disappointed, but I left pretty darn happy that they carried through in quality on their advertising of their newest Berry Almond Chicken salad addition.

Our salad before we added almonds and dressing


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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “My Genuine Salad Surprise

  1. goddess says:

    Yup- fell in love with these last year. their Pecan Apple Chicken Salad that they serve year round is pretty good too- without the blue cheese crumbles, LOL!

  2. Stella says:

    There’s something about fruit in salad with salty dressing that makes my mouth water. Delicious!

  3. Tammy says:

    Wow, i’m truly impressed by how good the photo of your salad looks. whenever i hear about “healthy” options from fast food joints i dont believe it, but i’m going to have to give this one a shot!

  4. Blake T. says:

    Love these salads! Fruits + Veggies are the absolute best combo! Thanks

  5. Cici says:

    What kind of cheese is on the salad? I’m a sucker for cheese and fruit paired together.

  6. Alix says:

    That’s dressing looks great! I can never find store-bought dressing I like!

  7. goddess says:

    Asiago cheese~

  8. Jen says:

    I am a salad lover who has recently fallen in love with this salad too. I think it just might be the best fast food salad I’ve ever had. I like that it comes in a larger version as well, so it’s actually filling! Well played, Wendy’s, well played.

  9. theycallmecody says:

    I was surprised at the selection of salads and dressing Wendy’s had available. When I ordered a salad I was only expecting to hear the option of ranch or more ranch, but was blown away when the employee started reading off a list of available dressings and salads.

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