REVIEW: Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Salad

Written by | March 25, 2010

Topics: 5 Rating, Fast Food, Jack in the Box

The Jack in the Box Grilled…Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

W-w-what…

Oh, I’m sorry I fell asleep and started sleep drooling mid-sentence. But I couldn’t help it because the Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Salad is one boring salad.

It’s so snooze-inducing that if you have an infant who has trouble falling asleep, I recommend you click the photo above to go The Impulsive Buy’s Flickr page, download the high quality version of the photo, print it out several copies of it on your inkjet printer (or nearest photo center), then attach those photos to the mobile hanging above your child’s crib and then watch your child instantly enter a deep slumber, allowing you to find out what that Chatroulette is all about.

The salad contains a list of vegetables that bores me, but would give the Easter Bunny a hard-on. It has a blend of romaine, iceberg and spring mix lettuce, along with shredded cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, red onion and shredded carrots. Seasoned croutons and low-fat balsamic dressing are served on the side, and the salad is topped with strips of grilled chicken. As you can see in the boring salad photo above, it’s a rainbow coalition of ingredients, if the rainbow contains mostly orange and green.

As with most fast food salads, the Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Salad contained mostly the nutritious-empty and flavorless iceberg lettuce. But thankfully, all of the vegetables looked fresh — no wilting or bruises. The only vegetable I disliked more than the iceberg lettuce was the red onion because of its strong flavor that dominated the rest of the salad like it was paid $500 an hour to make the salad its bitch via gagging and restraining it in chains.

The grilled chicken seemed like it was just there for protein and sodium because it didn’t provide much of anything else. As for the low-fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing, it gave the salad enough flavor so that it can legally be called a salad, and not just something to cushion my head if it were to fall into the salad because it’s so sleep-inducing.

Despite being a boring salad, I’d probably hit the Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Salad again. Its nutritional values don’t make me feel guilty, unlike most of Jack in the Box’s menu and paying some woman $500 an hour to gag me, chain me to a wall and call me a filthy pig who should be punished.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 salad with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette – 275 calories, 9.5 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 1130 milligrams of sodium, 965 milligrams of potassium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 28 grams of protein.)

Item: Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Salad
Price: $5.99
Size: 1 salad
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Filling salad. One of the healthier items to eat from the JITB menu. Low calorie compared with other JITB salads. Great if you like the colors green and orange. Paying $500 an hour to be some woman’s submissive slave.
Cons: Boring salad. High in sodium. Too much iceberg lettuce. Dominating flavor of the red onions. Paying $500 an hour to be some woman’s submissive slave. Chatroulette. Pictures of it may help babies fall asleep faster.






12 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Chuck says:

    My favorite fast food salads are the McDonald’s ones, even if they’re not the healthiest.

  2. Orchid64 says:

    I think this review will be passed around at the next JITB board meeting as another reason why fast food places shouldn’t offer healthy fare. Sure, you say you’ll eat it again, but we both know that is just as empty a promise as the one made by men who say they had a “nice time” and will “call some time.”

  3. Bunny says:

    I love the salads from JITB.

  4. nicolerecine says:

    no wonder people hate salads, that looks more like over-salty chicken on a bed of inedible garnish

  5. Marvo says:

    @Chuck: I like the fruit and walnut salad from McDonald’s, but it also frightens me because the apples don’t get brown…EVER.

    @Orchid64: But I usually have a nice time and will call them some time. I just don’t know when I’ll have enough money to pay them.

    @Bunny: I enjoy the other salads, but I love their Oreo shake more. They should make an Oreo shake salad.

    @nicolerecine: I don’t think people hate salads. I think people love burgers more.

  6. amanda says:

    I am not a huge fast food salad fan at all. Most salads at fast food joints taste gross. If you do want a good salad check out Chick-a-fil chargrilled southwested chicken salad. Yummm!!! Plus at jack N’ Crack you are meant to eat a heart attack in a box…part of the whole experience :)

  7. Ashley says:

    Their for protein, huh? ;)

    This does quite possibly look like the most boring salad ever, though. I also don’t understand why the ingredients are each centralized in one location. It weirds me out.

  8. Marvo says:

    @amanda: Unfortunately, there aren’t any Chick-fil-A’s here on this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But we do have several make-your-own salad places, but they aren’t open 24 hours like JITB, so I can’t have salads after being someone’s bitch until midnight.

    @Ashley: Thank you for pointing the “their.” I changed it to “there.” As for the salad, I wished they tossed all the ingredients too so everything is mixed.

  9. Justin says:

    I second Amanda on the Chick-fil-a chargrilled salad, personally prefer the chargrilled garden salad- living in NYC, I can’t normally get it either, but it is the only salad, fast food or otherwise, that I have had and been completely satisfied with as a meal. Go w/ the fat-free honey mustard dressing, throw on the sunflower seeds, and you’ve got yourself a pretty damn tasty, healthy meal.

  10. Marvo says:

    @Justin: Chick-fil-A can put sunflower seeds on a salad. That’s sweet…or should I say nutty. Ha! Ha! …I’m so lame. :(

  11. Gigi says:

    I am with you. I don’t tend to care for fast food salads either. The lone exceptions were the (of course not located within 1000 miles of me) Zaxby’s Blue Zalad (any of they’re salads actually)

  12. Marvo says:

    @Gigi: If that place is not located within 1000 miles from you, it must not be located within 5000 miles from me.



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