You can laugh all you want, but I do enjoy the Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken from McDonald’s. I will admit that I will always have a weakness for Double Cheeseburgers, but I finding myself ordering the McDonald’s Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken with greater frequency. There are times when traveling for work when you have this craving and need for some green leafy vegetables.
The Southwest Salad with Chicken (Grilled or Crispy) has been offered by McDonald’s since around 2007. I believe that their intent was to begin offering lighter, dare I say it healthier options than a Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese or Chicken Nuggets. For me, the element of “healthy” does play into my decision, and when you include the Newman’s Own Southwest Restaurant Dressing with the salad and grilled chicken, total calories is less than 400.
Personally, I enjoy this salad and find a degree of comfort knowing that McDonald’s pursuit of consistency ensures that the salad is going to taste and look the same each and every time. That is more than I can say about ordering at McDonald’s which has some significant variation in the experience of placing the order.
For those that have not yet eaten the McDonald’s Southwest Salad, the ingredients include; Lettuce, , Roasted Corn with Red Pepper, Black Beans, Shredded Cheese, Carrots, Roasted Red Pepper, Corn Chip Strips and Lime Wedges (I throw these away). I choose the Grilled Chicken versus the Crispy Chicken and select the Newman’s Own Southwest Restaurant Dressing. With all of the ingredients well mixed with the salad dressing the flavor is tangy and spicy (but not extremely hot). The size of the salad including the chicken is just enough for those times when you are hungry but not so famished that a salad is not going to be enough. I usually order a fresh fruit parfait with the salad and find this to be the perfect amount of food.