My Review of Wendy's Salads

Updated on December 12, 2019
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I bought one of each salad on the Wendy's menu. Here's my review of each one.

Here are my takes on these so-called "fresh", on-the-go salads.
Here are my takes on these so-called "fresh", on-the-go salads. | Source

Wendy's . . . maybe you go there for the Baconators, or maybe you go there for the chili. Maybe you just like a fast food place that actually serves baked potatoes. Maybe you have a sweet tooth and love their Frosty shakes. Or maybe you've never tried it, but have seen commercials that make it look delicious.

For me, Wendy's is about none of those things. I like it for their salads, which I think are better than the salads at any other fast food place. The ingredients taste really fresh and nice, even when I order them late at night. So, I'm addicted to this place, especially when I'm trying to get some vegetables to eat.

But, I always get the same salad: the Caesar. I decided to try their other salads to see if they were even half as good—so I bought one of each. Here's my review of each one.

1. The Chicken Salad

All the chicken salads on the menu come with grilled chicken, but it turns out they can all be substituted for different kinds of chicken. I really like that they give you the chance to modify your salad with whatever type of chicken you want. So I tried each kind, and here's what I thought.

  • Grilled: I think for grilled chicken this is pretty good and flavorful, but I prefer the spicy kind. Still, this is a good chicken to stick with if you want to be healthier, and it will satisfy your tastebuds.
  • Homestyle: Homestyle just means deep-fried—and while I like it, it tastes pretty bland. I'll probably go with one of the other two styles on every one of my salads in the future.
  • Spicy: Spicy is my favorite. I love to get it on the Caesar salad, which is what it used to be on all the time. Caesar salads don't traditionally have a lot of hotness in them, but it gives that warm bite to any salad you want. It probably would be a very good choice on the Southwest salad, but I'd probably substitute it on any of the salads.

The Wendy's Taco Salad comes with hearty chili, crisp lettuce, and a whole lot more.
The Wendy's Taco Salad comes with hearty chili, crisp lettuce, and a whole lot more.

2. Taco Salad

What's in This Salad:

  • Light sour cream
  • chili
  • tortilla
  • chips
  • lettuce
  • salsa
  • cheddar

My Review

This salad was delicious, but for some reason the ingredients didn't go together for me. Maybe I am not a taco salad person, but, it felt like this was three dishes trying to be forced into one.

I felt like I needed to eat the chili by itself (because I don't like warm lettuce.) The salad on the side of that and the chips with the salsa. When I started eating it, I ate it like this, but then I remembered I had to do a proper review and mixed it altogether. It still tasted delicious, but for some reason, I still wanted to eat all the ingredients separately.

If you like taco salads, I do think you will like this though. I'm just not sure they are my thing, especially not ones made with that warm chili.

I'm not a huge fan of pecans, but this salad is still not bad deal.
I'm not a huge fan of pecans, but this salad is still not bad deal.

3. Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

What's in This Salad

  • Pomegranate vinaigrette

  • lettuce
  • apples
  • dried cranberries
  • bleu cheese
  • pecans
  • chicken

My Review

My husband told me that this is his favorite salad, but I think it might be my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, all Wendy's salads are delicious. I also really like apples in a salad. I don't know why it's so good, but it is. The crisp taste of a bite of sweet and sour apple plus a crunchy bite of lettuce is heaven. I'm just not a fan of bleu cheese, though. My husband says it gives a tangy balance to the other ingredients, but I don't like it.

The pecans freak me out. They have this weird spicy aftertaste that I neither expect nor want from a pecan. Still, I would eat it anyway if they didn't offer any other type of salad at Wendy's because the ingredients are fresh and nice.

The Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad is my second favorite on the menu.
The Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad is my second favorite on the menu.

4. Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

What's in This Salad

  • Lettuce
  • pepper jack cheese
  • chicken
  • bacon
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • southwest dressing

My Review

My favorite part of this salad is the dressing. I like a nice, spicy, chipotle taste. It's similar tasting (to me) as the chipotle sauce they use on sandwiches at Subway, but not as thick. It's spicy without being overly spicy.

The bacon is crispy. It's not that gross flimsy bacon you find at some fast food places, but the thick, good stuff that tastes real and homemade. The vegetables are crisp and fresh. The cheese is delicious, a nice complement to the food. The only thing I didn't love was the glob of mushy avocado randomly thrown in there, but it was a good salad overall. I'll definitely order it again; it was my second favorite thing on the salad menu.

The Parmesan Chicken Salad is my all-time favorite
The Parmesan Chicken Salad is my all-time favorite

5. Parmesan Caesar Chicken Salad

What's in This Salad

  • romaine lettuce

  • chicken
  • tomatoes
  • cheese
  • parmesan crisps
  • caesar dressing

My Review

This has been my favorite salad at Wendy's for a long time. It used to be known as the Spicy Caesar, which is why I substituted the chicken for the spicy chicken, like they used to have. And it tastes exactly the same when you request this substitute as the old salad used to taste.

The only difference is that I think the Caesar dressing tastes better with this new salad. I was kind of "meh" about it before. And they now have these weird Parmesan crisps. I preferred the croutons; those things were delicious. I'm not a big fan of crunchy cheese, and there's already plenty of cheese on the salad.

But if you are a fan of Caesar salads, like I am, you will love this salad.

They discontinued this one in my area, so consider yourself lucky if you still can purchase it.
They discontinued this one in my area, so consider yourself lucky if you still can purchase it.

6. Harvest Salad

What's in This Salad

  • Apples
  • lettuce
  • cranberries
  • walnuts
  • bacon
  • chicken
  • apple cider vinaigrette

My Review

Unfortunately, my Wendy's said they were discontinuing this item on the menu. I don't know if they are doing that at all Wendy's or just my local ones, so I am going to write this review just in case.

Because they were discontinuing it, they didn't have the right dressing for me or the right nuts, so they gave me the nuts and dressing for the apple pecan salad. The two salads are very similar, which is why they did this. But the Harvest salad does everything better in my opinion.

I mean, it has bacon. Like I said before, it is a nice, well cooked, delicious bacon, which the apple pecan salad does not have. It also has feta cheese instead of weird bleu cheese. I liked this salad a lot. I hope they have it where you live because it's better than the Apple Pecan, in my opinion.


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      Carol rude 

      7 weeks ago

      I miss the mandarin chicken salad so so much. I’ve always wished they would bring it back

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      6 months ago

      I really miss the mandarin chicken good and no cheese. I have tried all of the current salads, always asking they remove the feta or bleu cheese...yuck...which are found on my favorite Wendy's salads. Sometimes I get lucky and they make it minus cheese, other times not. Regardless I wish I could get a big salad full of vegetables and crunchy lettuces but until then, I'll go to Wendy's for their du jour salads!

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      6 months ago

      Tell them to bring back the mandarin chicken salad!


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