FAST FOOD NEWS: Wendy’s Taco Salad

Wendy s Taco Salad

Wendy’s Taco Salad is back!

To be honest, I didn’t know it once existed.

Bad junk food blog editor!

The salad was introduced in the 1980s and it featured lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, and Wendy’s chili. Here’s a commercial for it:

The 2016 version has hand-chopped iceberg and romaine lettuce, Wendy’s signature chili, diced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa (made with roasted tomatoes and ancho chili peppers), shredded cheddar cheese, and yellow corn tortilla rounds. It’s available at participating locations for $5.99 for a full-sized entree salad or $3.99 for a half-sized salad.

A full-size serving has 660 calories, 32 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 85 milligrams of cholesterol, 1820 milligrams of sodium, 63 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and 32 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried it or the original Wendy’s Taco Salad, share your thoughts in the comments.

(Image via Wendy’s)

46 thoughts to “FAST FOOD NEWS: Wendy’s Taco Salad”

  1. I am eating a full size taco salad from Wendy’s right now. Does anyone out there know what is the difference between the full and the half? I only got one bag of chips and a small chili. What would I have gotten on a half size one??

  2. I absolutely loved the first taco salad I ate it every time I took the kids to Wendy’s for lunch. I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. The Baja salad was not the same. I can’t wait try it!!

  3. Never again! A bowl of lettuce, half a cup of chili, salsa, and NO chips. And charged $6.79. The ticket says “2 sour cream” but I didn’t order or receive that. What a disappointment!

  4. I am absolutely flaming mad right now. I just walked out of Wendys but here goes it. I skipped lunch today at work because we were swamped. I see the picture of this taco salad and it looks nice so I order the full size one. The dude behind the register hands me a salad in a sealed container, a bag of chips, two sour cream containers and a small chilli container??? I say dude…that doesn’t look anything like the picture, give me money back!!! This company just needs to go out of business. Who told these people I wanted to assemble my own meal?? That’s like going to subway and getting everything handed to you individually and you put it together at the table.

    1. Albert you left basically the same comment twice. And the reason they don’t prep the entire thing is that the salad would quickly get soggy and gross if they dumped the hot chili on and added the chips ahead of time. (They are a fast food restaurant after all. And many of the salads are ordered carry out.) I loved it separate because I like to dip the chips in the salsa separately.

  5. I was over the moon when I saw Wendy’s Taco Salad was back! I’ve been missing it too long, so I stopped by and picked one up this afternoon. I’m sad to say it looks the same, but it isn’t. Something tastes really off, and I think it’s the ancho salsa. Kind of sweet and off-tasting. The original was delicious! Wish they’d bring it back, otherwise, I think I’ll do as someone suggested and buy Wendy’s chili and make my own salad. Good idea!

  6. I just had one – never had the Baja, but this one was just like the Taco Salads I remember from Wendy’s. I always liked the “build it yourself” aspect of the salad myself. Was nice and fresh that way especially if you got it to go. Salsa could have used a bit more heat but overall I was quite happy with the new version. Hope it sticks around for a while.

  7. I was so excited that the taco salad was back, until I ordered and ate it. The assemble it yourself aspect did not bother me, I realize it’s an attempt to keep things fresh until you’re ready. I give Wendy’s high marks for freshness, but the chili was not the same, more beans, less beef (oh irony!) and less tomato flavor. Overall I’d guess there’s a lot more water. Without the chili, the taco salad is just not worth bothering with. Bummer!

  8. My mother is 95 years old and drives herself–many trips made to Wendy’s for lunch by herself. She called me today as mad as I have ever heard her and said that she ordered the half taco salad. She was definitely put off by having to make the salad herself and that the chili was awful and pure watery. She has loved the chili in the past. But she was not about to pour watery soup on her lettuce. It sure didn’t look like the picture! Then when she took it back, the ladies behind the counter laughed at her. She asked why they were laughing and they just shrugged and kept laughing. She asked for the manager and they said that he had just stepped out. They were rude on top of horrible food. She will never go back–they are losing a good customer. We won’t go back either. And we will make sure that people we know don’t go either! The store is in Chandler Arizona at the corner of Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo.

    1. Hopefully this truamatic event keeps your old @ss mom from driving. At 95 she is a danger to everyone else around her on the road. That should be what your worried about, instead your worried about tossing your own salad.

  9. Definitely not the original Baja Taco salad. Not only is it missing the chipotle ranch dressing and salsa it’s also missing the QAUCAMOLE! very disappointing!

  10. I love your taco salad. I eat 1200 calories a day on my diet. I can’t wait for lunchtime. It is very satisfying and I enjoy it. Thanks for bringing it back.

  11. I ate a half size taco salad today for lunch. It was great and just the right size for me. I left off the chips, hoping to save on my total amount of carbs. I will definitely be getting it again.

  12. To the people complaining about having to pour the chilli on their salad: F#8k, really?I would of laughed at you too, hahahahaha, lazy MF.No but in all seriousness, I like that they don’t put it together, so I can put my chips under the chili (i like them soggy).Furthermore, when it is all portioned I am not worried about another 400 worth of calories in chili dumped on top. To each their own. “she’s not about to pour water soup on her lettuce” what do you think taco salad is? And besides, it’s Wendy’s!

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