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Fit is in. At least that’s what some fast food eateries seem to be thinking.  Earlier this year, we reviewed the return of the Chick-Fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad and came away delighted with it’s blend of ingredients and fairly healthy nature.  Wendy’s is jumping on the train now, focusing on protein, buzz ingredients, and low calories.  The Power Mediterranean Salad, has been in testing for months and is now seeing a full blown release.

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Ingredients:

  • Fresh chopped lettuce
  • Feta cheese
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Red onions
  • Freshly Grilled Chicken
  • Sundried Tomato Grain Blend (quinoa, chick peas, white beans, fire roasted veggies, sundried tomatoes)
  • Creamy hummus
  • Light Balsamic Vinaigrette

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What You Need to Know:

The salad comes in either a full or half size portion, ranging in price from either $6.49 for the full and $4.49 for the half.  The full size salad has 450 calories and 40 grams of protein, while the half has only 240 calories.

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First Impressions:

The salad comes pretty much fully concocted, with the exception of the dressing.  There’s a large conglomeration of ingredients so it’s hard to truly encompass all of them at once, but the salad really stands out for it’s vibrancy.  There are many colors, drizzles, and textures that give this salad a premium and hearty feel.

The Sundried tomato grain blend is loaded with ingredients, all of which are generally seen as healthy by the foodie community at large.  The white beans and chick peas are both dense and chewy, leaving way to a decent amount of fiber.  The quinoa is present as well, giving out a subtle taste but honestly doing little for the salad other than buzz from its inclusion.

While differentiating factor for many will be the grain blend, to me salad actually stood out because of the basics; the chicken, dressing, cheese, and lettuce.  The grilled chicken was juicy and still hot, leading me to believe the salad wasn’t prepared days ahead of time. The feta cheese was abundant and very savory.  The hummus and balsamic creating a pleasing dynamic duo, going with a creamy and more oil based combination. Both of which were tasty and didn’t cause the salad’s nutrition to teeter off the tracks.  The basic salad of the lettuce, tomatoes, and onions were crisp, fresh, and bursting with flavor.  Overall a very fresh tasting dish.

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Wendy’s Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad – The Verdict

This salad has a lot going for it.  From the reasonable entree salad price, to the sub 500 calorie factor, to the 40 grams of protein, to the millions of tasty ingredients, this one’s a winner.  The chicken is fresh and tasty, while the grain blend and other veggies fulfill their goal of creating a fiesta like atmosphere of flavors and dimensions.  The dual dressing attack are both healthy choices that enhance the salad without making it worse for you than a burger.  Overall, this Wendy’s salad option is a great addition for the summer, and a great lunch option if you’re looking to maintain that summer bod.

Wendy's Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad [Review]
Textures out the wazoo Hot and flavorful grilled chickenGrain blend is intriguingDual dressing attack
Most likely just a limited time offering. Could have been just a bit more chicken
8.8Overall Score
Taste8.9
Value8.5
Quality9
Reader Rating 496 Votes
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