A fresh salad is perfect for summertime… cue Wendy’s seasonal Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad. Panera Bread specializes in providing fresh, delicious, and seasonal salads. Most recipes for potato salad include boiled potatoes mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, onions, and celery, along with a variety of herbs and seasonings. In addition to elbow macaroni, this salad typically includes mayonnaise, onions, celery, peppers, and pickles.
It comes with Marzetti’s Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side. This year, the red-headed one brings us the Summer Strawberry Salad. It features Wendy’s signature lettuce blend, herb-marinated grilled chicken breast, a three-cheese blend of Parmesan, Asiago, and Fontina, Applewood smoked bacon, and strawberries.
That might be due to the strong pomegranate dressing I got, though; I can’t say how it would be with the Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette. A shame because the roasted sunflower seeds were really delicious on their own. Learn more about our lettuce supply chain in the Lettuce…From Start to Fresh video here. “At Wendy’s, fresh is not just a word but a personal challenge to which we are dedicated,” said Carl Loredo, VP of Wendy’s brand marketing. The salad is paired with Marzetti’s Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing.
Overall, Wendy’s Strawberry Fields Salad was a bit of a bust for me. It featured good-quality ingredients and had fresh produce and a fair amount of chicken, but the sunflower seeds were completely lost in the shuffle and the blue cheese was terrible. Even Wendy’s fantastic bacon couldn’t save the day here, since the pieces were too large and few in between to offer a satisfying smokiness to the entire salad. I don’t know if the Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette it’s supposed to come with would have complimented the ingredients any better, but as I received it, the salad was overly sweet and lacked balance.
According to the Wendy’s website, the salad base consists of a mix of 11 different greens. From what I received, the bulk of the greens seemed to be iceberg lettuce, which surprised me because I expected a more even mix of various greens based sam sinyangwe on the promotional pictures. I would estimate over 75% of the salad was iceberg lettuce with a few bits of spring mix sprinkled on as if for show. I couldn’t really taste nor differentiate much textural difference from the fancier greens.
This light salad with one packet of salad dressing has 440 calories, 42 grams of protein, 28 grams of fat, 7 carbs, and 3 grams of fiber. Only Wendy’s is able to serve the best of summer, like fresh strawberries and blackberries, on a bed of fresh-cut lettuce with feta cheese and crunchy red apple chips. Topped with freshly- grilled chicken breast and a light blackberry vinaigrette, this combination is a perfect balance of sweet and savory, creating a summer flavor experience prepared fresh daily in every Wendy’s restaurant. You can bet that this salad will make feeling summer-ready easier with 390 calories for a fully dressed, full-sized entrée salad.
To find the closest Wendy’s to you and get your summer salad on! And of course, don’t forget to download the Wendy’s app to enjoy our latest mobile offers. If you’ve ordered from Panera before, you may know that it offers both whole and half portions.