(Editorâ€™s Note: Itâ€™s Day Two of The Impulsive Buyâ€™s Salad Week. Oh, I miss red meat already. Anyway, todayâ€™s review is for a salad that gave me some good roughage, the new Wendyâ€™s Mediterranean Chicken Salad. Enjoy.)
When I think of classy things, I think of fine wine, Gwyneth Paltrow, and feta cheese.
Feta is one of those â€œspecialâ€ cheeses not found with the trailer trash cheeses like American, cheddar, swiss, mozzarella, and, of course, Velveeta, which is as classy as shiny, spinning hubcaps.
Feta cheese is usually located in the deli area near other cheeses with funny names, like asiago, gorgonzola, taleggio, limburger, and smelofarts.
Now I record a lot of shows on Food Network because I need to add more material to my never ending loop of Rachael Ray shows playing at my Rachael Ray shrine.
While fast forwarding through all the parts that donâ€™t have Rachael Ray, I noticed that a lot of the chefs on the Food Network use feta cheese on a lot of things, like salads, pizzas, and pastas. Those chefs really like feta cheese and are very liberal with it, like strippers are with cocoa butter lotion.
Well it seems the chefs in the Wendyâ€™s kitchen also have been watching a lot of the Food Network because they put a nice crumbled heaping of feta cheese on their new Mediterranean Chicken Salad.
Besides the feta cheese, the Mediterranean Chicken Salad comes with herb-seasoned chicken chunks, iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, red onion rings, and a package of red wine vinaigrette dressing.
Putting all of that together made for a pretty good tasting and decent sized salad. The feta cheese and the vinaigrette dressing gave the salad a nice tangy kick. The vegetables for the most part looked fresh, although I was disappointed that there was a lot of iceberg lettuce, which has as little redeeming value as the new Britney Spears reality show, â€œBritney and Kevin: Chaotic.â€
Despite the goodness that I discovered in the Wendyâ€™s Mediterranean Chicken Salad, there were a few things I wish Wendyâ€™s had done to it. For example, I think it wouldâ€™ve been nice if the herb-seasoned chicken chunks were warmed up, because Iâ€™m slightly afraid of cold chicken.
However, my biggest problem was having to toss my salad, which is a pretty hard thing to do because Iâ€™m kind of uncoordinated and not very flexible.
If you look at the picture above, youâ€™ll notice that all the feta cheese is on one side of the bowl, all the chicken is in the center of the bowl, and the cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes are all in their own respective cliques.
Itâ€™s like the feta cheese are the preppy kids, the pieces of chicken are the jocks, the cucumbers are the band geeks, the onions are the nerds, and the tomatoes are the goth kids. This kind of separation may work well in high school, but it doesnâ€™t work well with a salad.
It wouldâ€™ve been nice if the salad was pre-tossed, so I wouldnâ€™t have to go through the trouble, pain, and mess of tossing my salad.
Item: Wendyâ€™s Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Purchase Price: $4.99
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pros: Tasty. Decent sized. High in Vitamin A & C. Feta cheese makes me feel classy.
Cons: High in sodium. Chicken was cold. Lots of iceberg lettuce. Forced to toss my salad.