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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fast Food Review: McDonald's Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken

While I'm not particularly prone to eating my vegetables as often as I should, I do love salad, so I make sure to order one about every 7nth time that I eat out. This time the number came up when I was getting some takeout from McDonald's, so I grabbed the Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken.

The lettuce and carrot shavings are notably fresh. The lettuce looked better than most of the stuff in the produce section of the grocery store and the carrots are still very al dente and not at all soggy like those in some pre-made salads.

The corn chip strips are fresh and crunchy with a semi-authentic spicy salsa flavor. I would totally buy these for game-time snacking if Frito-Lay would sell 'em.

The Newman's Own dressing has a sour heat that pairs nicely with the balsamic-marinated sweet corn and beans. The Southern Style Chicken is meant to go with a pickle, so it matches well with an emulsified vinaigrette.

There are some minor complaints, though. It is hard to toss salad ingredients together. I had to take several bites before all of the ingredients blended about properly. They are also a bit skimpy on the cheese and other fixins.

However, when one gets all of the flavors in one bite, the result is a savory smoked pepper taste that is rather satisfying and the texture of a mouthful of two kinds of crunch (veggies and lettuce) the contrasts nicely with the warm, chewy chicken.

Overall, the McDonald's Southwest Salad is thoughtful and delicious and good enough for a casual dining restaurant, not just a fast food joint.

As a salad at a fast food joint, I give it 4.5 out of 5 Perfectly Good Medium-Sized Midwestern Public Universities.

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3 Comments:

Blogger ohio981 said...

It's so nice to see someone who takes his fast food seriously. I give not a hoot for reviews of restaurants I can't afford, but I really like your fast food reviews.

Thursday, July 23, 2009  
Blogger Chris James said...

I'm glad that I could be of help.

Fast food and casual dining restaurants are where most Americans eat most of the time, not fancy places with $30-250 steaks. I figure that people should have a resource to sort out what is good and what isn't (within expectations, of course) when they are going to a less-expensive place to get "peasant" food and haught food reviewers might call it.

Thursday, July 23, 2009  
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