Today I sent a last-minute invite to my friend Maggie for lunch. It is something I have been meaning to do for far too long. I suggested salads at Wendy’s and my gracious invitee agreed.
Maggie chose the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad and I opted for the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad. Maggie had regular Ranch instead of the BBQ Ranch dressing and enjoyed her salad.
BBQ Ranch Chicken
o Savory backyard BBQ in a bowl
o premium ingredients that you see around your grill. Fire roasted corn, freshly diced tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and a honey BBQ sauce.
o The salad is served with a BBQ Ranch dressing, made with real buttermilk, parmesan cheese, ancho chili peppers, honey and brown sugar.
My friendly cashier told me how much she loved the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad so I was pretty confident I made a great choice. I opted to replace my out of stock Asian dressing with the recommended Pomegranate Vinaigrette and it was a great substitution. I loved the roasted edamame and spicy cashews. Maggie and I both ordered Root Beer to drink. I love Root Beer and was a mused to discover that Maggie loved it too.
Asian Cashew Chicken
o Not your typical canned fruit and ginger dressing
o fresh and yummy ingredients such as fire roasted edamame (my favorite), fresh red peppers and cucumbers, a lettuce blend of 11 different kinds of greens and a light Asian Chili Vinaigrette dressing
o Delicious and nutritious – and only 370 calories!
We did not talk about Yoga pants and men’s wear like in the video above but we did have some much-needed girl talk. You can find more videos and learn more about the new salads on the Wendy`s YouTube channel. Most of the talk surrounded our kids, as it always seems to. Love talking parenting with my girl friends. It is great to know you are on the same parenting page with someone who is a close family friend. We promised to get together again soon. Why hadn’t we done this sooner? I have to share a silly thing about our lunch. I called Maggie, invited her to lunch, picked the restaurant and offered to pay. When the cashier rang in our order I could not find my debit card. Oh how embarrassing is that? Maggie quickly pulled out some cash to cover our lunch. I found my debit card just in time for Maggie to get her change. Maggie, I will pay you back… really… this was NOT planned. I am blushing.
Wendy’s was the first restaurant to add salad bars to the quick service restaurant scene over 30 years ago. The salads are all prepared fresh in store and it was obvious when we ate our salads. You can tell that the cucumbers, red peppers and tomatoes are sliced in the Wendy`s kitchen and the all white chicken breast was freshly grilled when we ordered our salads. I have also just learned that every Wendy`s kitchen has a salad spinner. Every day they hand chop heads of romaine and iceburg lettuce and mix it with a triple washed leafy green spring mix.
The Wendy`s salads are 50% lower in fat grams, 29% lower in sodium and 61% lower in saturated fat. The salads are also available in small and large sizes. Small is perfect as a side salad and the large is perfect for a meal. The popular culinary trends of today are reflected in the new flavours of these new salads.
Call up a friend and invite them to lunch. Reconnect and chat over some of the great flavours of the new salads but please…. please… remember where your debit card is.
Disclosure: Although this post was graciously sponsored by Wendy`s all opinions and language are my own and in no way do they reflect Wendy`s.