Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Berry Almond Chicken Salad

A friend of mine had been bragging about a salad she had at Wendy’s one day.  She tried the berry almond chicken salad, and she said it was very delicious and full of flavour.  Despite all the junk food I usually blog about, I am also a fan of salads.  My love for fast food salads began almost 10 years ago, when I didn’t feel like eating another hamburger and opted for a gourmet salad.  That decision changed my point of view on fast food salads, because I have been eating them ever since.  I was a little scared of the berry almond chicken salad because in the back of my mind, fruit wouldn’t taste good with lettuce.  But my friend’s high praise for this salad changed my mind, and I bought it.
This salad is amazing, and was even better than how my friend described it.  Besides being delicious it also captures summer in a salad with all the fresh fruit and vegetables.  Although you do have a mix of flavours from sweet, salty, bitter, and tangy they all mix together and work perfectly.  Wendy’s sells this salad for around $9, and after calculating all the ingredients that make it, it’s well worth the price.  Seriously, I tried to make this salad at home and was surprised by how expensive it is to make.
To make your home version of the salad, I have included all the ingredients I used.  I started with a roman lettuce, washed and then cut.  I included fresh cut strawberries, blueberries, chopped almonds, and Emmental cheese (Wendy`s uses Asiago cheese, which is very expensive).  I then added chicken breast strips, from a pre-cooked box (it`s just easier that way).  When I mixed everything together I added a store brand raspberry vinaigrette.  My salad came out the same way as Wendy`s only much cheaper, and with lots of left overs to make it a couple of times again.  I highly recommend this salad to anyone that is bored of the same old fast food, and would like to try something that is delicious but also healthy.

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