REVIEW: McDonald’s I’m Greek-ing Out Salad Bowl with Grilled Chicken (Canada)

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There’s something inherently wrong about a salad at McDonald’s, isn’t there? I mean, it’s McDonald’s — their whole M.O. is supposed to be serving burgers and fries and other tasty junk that might just kill you if you eat them too regularly.

If you told the ten-year-old version of me that McDonald’s would one day be serving salads with kale in them, I’m going to guess that he’d angrily call you a liar. He’d also probably wonder who you are and why you’re giving him useless factoids about 2015. Oh and also, while you’re there? Could you tell him to major in something a bit more useful than political science? What’s that? This is just a rhetorical device? You’re not actually a time-traveller out to blow the minds of ten-year-olds with news from the future? Darn.

Of course, salads aren’t anything particularly new at McDonald’s, but this Kale-fueled relaunch does have an air of desperation about it. This feeling is especially pronounced when combined with the recent high-profile launch of the 21st century take on the Hamburglar; the once-cute cartoon character has been transformed into a generically handsome fashion model (who was almost instantly dubbed the “hipster Hamburglar” by the media).

Clearly, McDonald’s has lost whatever cache they once had (along with loads and loads of money), and it’s easy to think that they’re just throwing random things at the wall to see what sticks.

All that being said? I loved this salad.

It feels weird to even type that. It’s a salad… at McDonald’s… and I loved it.

I know that even mentioning that I love a salad probably means I have to turn in my junk-food-lover’s gun and badge to the junk food angry captain, but hey, if it’s tasty it’s tasty.

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There’s a lot going on in this salad. There’s the lettuce blend (a whopping eight different types of lettuce, as per their website), kale, sliced cucumber and red peppers, crumbled feta, a couscous blend (which has stuff like sun-dried tomato and olives), chicken, a packet of pita chips, and the creamy Greek feta dressing.

It seems like it should be too much stuff, but it all works together surprisingly well.

The kale is actually baby kale; this is a good thing, as regular kale is a bit impenetrably fibrous and can be tough to love. The lettuce mix otherwise tastes like any number of ready-to-eat mixes you’ll find in a plastic box or bag at the supermarket.

All the other stuff works together quite nicely: the creamy dressing, the fresh veggies, the salty pop of the cheese, the hearty quinoa…

Wait, I think I’m going to have to call a Zack Morris-style time out: I never in a million years thought I’d be applauding quinoa and “fresh veggies” when I signed on to write for this site. Seriously, what’s happening right now??

Okay, time in: the pita chips — essentially this salad’s take on croutons — are a little heavy on the garlic powder, but otherwise work pretty well.

McDonald's I'm Greek-ing Out Salad Bowl with Grilled Chicken

The weak point is probably the chicken. You have the choice of grilled or crispy chicken, but since their promotional shots showed grilled, that’s what I went with. It’s not bad, and it does give the salad much of its substance, but it’s a little dry and stringy.

The salad costs seven bucks, which on the surface seems a bit pricey — but I could imagine paying double (at least) for this exact same salad at a restaurant with waiters and menus, so it’s not as bad as it seems.

When all is said and done, however, is this salad even that healthy? I mean, it’s got a bunch of healthy stuff in it, so yeah, probably?

But McDonald’s is sneaky with the way they present the nutritional information on their website; if you look up this salad, the info neglects to include the dressing. In fact, the dressing doesn’t even come up when you click on salads — you have to specifically search for it.

When you add up the creamy Greek dressing and the salad, you’re looking at 420 calories and 26 grams of fat, which is a 110 calories less than a Big Mac, and only three less grams of fat. It’s still much healthier than a burger, I’m sure, but more calorie and fat-laden than you might expect. So maybe I can keep my gun and badge?

(Nutrition Facts – Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken – 280 calories, 12 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0.2 grams of trans fat, 80 milligrams of cholesterol, 770 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fibre, 3 grams of sugar, and 27 grams of protein. Greek Feta Dressing – 40 grams – 140 calories, 14 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 310 milligrams of sodium, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.)

Item: McDonald’s I’m Greek-ing Out Salad Bowl with Grilled Chicken
Purchased Price: $6.99 (CAN)
Size: N/A
Purchased at: McDonald’s Canada
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: Fresh-tasting ingredients. Tasty combination of flavours. Good value for the quality of food. Healthy?
Cons: Stringy chicken. The embarrassment of praising a salad on a junk food site. Bastardization of beloved mascots. Scientific impossibility of time travel.

10 thoughts on “REVIEW: McDonald’s I’m Greek-ing Out Salad Bowl with Grilled Chicken (Canada)

  1. There is a couple big issues with salads at fast food restaurants…

    1) As far as fat and calories go…they aren’t much better for you than a burger. Could help out a decent amount if they switched it to a Greek vinaigrette and took out the pita chips(croutons). Greek salads don’t have croutons that I’ve ever had.

    2) Cost of them is extremely high for what it is. You speak of that same salad costing double at a sit down restaurant but I guarantee it’ll be healthier for you and be three times the size so it’ll probably turn into two meals. Every salad I’ve had at a McDonalds or Wendy’s has been decent but is extremely small for the price.

    3) Also, why no banana peppers in this salad?? That’s one of my favorite components of a Greek salad!

    1. I have just tried the Greek salad and absolutely loved it. I gave the croutons to my coworker and declined the dressing at the counter. I used my own fat free Italian dressing and it was still fabulous. lots of cucumber, red peppers and fresh baby kale and other mixed lettuce. Loved the combo of everything included and totally agree, that the dressing has an enormous amount of calories in it and yes I would stay away from it, but all in all I would still rather have the salad with the dressing than any burger at Mcdonalds. Just burn off more calories with exercise and enjoy 🙂

  2. Well some facts about this salad (I’m eating one right now) :

    – 4 servings of vegetables, seriousely ??? I am failing to find anything else but lettuce in mine, I think I did bite 2 pices of cucumber and 2 others of red bell pepper and one tiny olive chunck. So yeah, health wise, just forget about this salad.
    – Tase wise though it is not too bad, but of course too pricy for what you get. for our fellow americans on he other side of the border, I used to get awsome salads at the Metro Café when I lived in NYC, dunno if there are other places similiar elsewhere, but don’t get too excited about these babies.

  3. You got olives????? I didn’t get even one olive. The salad was ok but certainly NOT a Greek salad. Since when do Greek salads come with pumpkin seeds? Only thing Greek about this was the fact that it had feta on it. Won’t be ordering this again.

  4. If only they actually put all the ingredients in the salad . I have bought two Greek salads from McDonald’s this week and was disappointed when I opened them up. My first had no olives which is a staple ingredient in Greek salads and one of my favorites. And my second had all kinds of things like artichokes and sundries tomatoes as well as other unidentified ingredients. And still no olives and no red onion exactly two slices of cucumber and no tomatoes.

  5. My first and last Greek Salad from McDonald’s. Couscous?! Seriously?! 1 tiny slice of black olives. Two small pieces of feta cheese, about the size of the nail on my baby finger and 3 VERY small crumbs. Zero tomatoes. In what world would this be considered a Greek Salad?

  6. My first and last time ever to get a McDonald’s Greek Salad. Zero tomatoes. Zero red onions.1 tiny slice of black olive. 2 pieces of feta cheese the size of the nail on my pinky finger. And it was loaded with couscous, of all things. In what world would this be considered a good Greek Salad?! Zero points out of 4 for me, as far as rating this abominable bowl of mixed greens and couscous goes.

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