REVIEW: Wendy’s Harvest Chicken Salad

Wendy s Harvest Chicken Salad

You know that meme that says “name a more iconic duo” and then hits you with a pic of anything from Keenan and Kel to a guy jumping off a bridge with another guy watching the Cleveland Browns?

I tend to think apples and walnuts fall into that category of stuff that belongs together.

Apples, walnuts, feta, bacon, chicken, and cranberries? Now we’re complicating things. Perhaps that’s why I’m ambivalent towards Wendy’s new Harvest Chicken Salad, which not only attempts to Noah’s Ark-it out of pretty much every Wendy’s salad ingredient but also skates a little too close to the regular-menu Apple Pecan Chicken Salad.

Wendy s Harvest Chicken Salad Fruits

I don’t mean to imply Wendy’s homage to autumn-in-salad-form isn’t good. Like most of Wendy’s salads, the ingredients push into fast casual territory. Skin-on red and green apples are crispy and mildly sweet; the chicken juicy and slightly smoky; the vinaigrette tangy and a tad bit tart. Add in crunchy, meaty glazed pecans (which were left off the first full-sized salad I ordered, unfortunately), and you’re looking at a filling meal.

Wendy s Harvest Chicken Salad Bacon

But then there’s the bacon, complicating things. It’s not bad in and of itself since, duh, it’s a scientific impossibility that bacon detracts from anything and because Wendy’s makes really good bacon -— thick cut, substantial, with a great balance of fat and smoke. But I have no idea why it’s on this salad. Not only did it arrive on my full-size salad (I bought another half-sized one later since Wendy’s forgot my walnuts) in strips meant for sandwiches, but it took away the spotlight from the apples and walnuts.

Much like the bacon, the feta cheese feels out of place, like me when I show up to a wine and cheese party with a six pack of Shinerbock. Perhaps Wendy’s didn’t want to infringe on the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, but the salty, mostly flavorless feta lacks the tang and funk of blue cheese that helps complement the apples. Even goat cheese would have been a better option than feta, especially since it’s tangy and has a slight sweetness that would have played well with the oddly-included dried cranberries.

Wendy s Harvest Chicken Salad Closeup

I’m usually a big fan of Wendy’s salads, and while I loved the quality of the ingredients featured in the Harvest Chicken Salad, I can’t deny there’s a genuine lack of cohesion binding the salad together. Is it jump off a bridge because the Browns still haven’t won since 2016 dysfunctional? Goodness no. But when your iconic duo gets lost amidst even well executed extra ingredients, it’s time to get back to your bread and butter — or apples and walnuts.

(Nutrition Facts – Full Size – 570 calories, 23 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 115 milligrams of cholesterol, 1300 milligrams of sodium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 37 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 23 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $6.79
Size: Full
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Apples are surprisingly crisp and flavorful for a prepackaged salad. Great execution on individual ingredients, especially the juicy chargrilled chicken. Meme potential in the apple and walnut combination.
Cons: Too many ingredients crowding up that apple and walnut synergy. Feta cheese is a real disappointment. Why are their cranberries in this salad? Botched salad construction.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 9/19/2018

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Archer Farms Mocha Cold Brew Coffee Reduced Fat Ice Cream

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Marinela Luxe Chocolate Creme Filled Cakes

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Market District Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

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Market District Lemon Biscottini

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Market District Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Market District Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Skinner Thick and Hearty Bronze Cut Penne

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Prince Pasta for a Cause Ribbons of Hope

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Prego Sensitive Recipe Traditional Italian Sauce

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Hanover Veggie Dips Buffalo Cauliflower Spinach Artichoke and Broccomoli

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(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

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PUMPKINUNDATION 2018 – 9/18/2018

Here are some new pumpkin products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of them, share your thoughts in the comments.

Califia Better Half Pumpkin Spice Coconut Cream  Almondmilk

Califia Better Half Pumpkin Spice Coconut Cream & Almondmilk

(Spotted by Caitlin J at Target.)

Giant Limited Time Originals Pumpkin Spice Muffin Bars

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(Spotted by John R at Hannaford.)

Market District Pumpkin Pizzelle

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Market District Pumpkin Pecan Biscottini

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(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Millville Limited Edition Pumpkin Crispy O s Cereal

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(Spotted by Sarah D at Aldi.)

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Tillamook Limited Release Pacific Northwest Apple Cider Ice Cream

Tillamook Limited Release Pacific Northwest Apple Cider Ice Cream

(Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: KFC Hot Honey Chicken

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Update: We reviewed it! Click here to read our review.

KFC continues to sauce up its chicken with the new Hot Honey Chicken. It follows a long line of messy flavors that began with KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken, which was followed by Georgia Gold Honey Mustard, Smoky Mountain BBQ, and Pickle Fried Chicken.

This iteration features a sauce that combines honey with mild pepper. Like all the previous flavors, it comes with pickles and is available with a Crispy Colonel Sandwich, Extra Crispy chicken, Extra Crispy Tenders, or Chicken Littles Sandwiches.

To help promote the new chicken, KFC has introduced a new Colonel — Colonel Bear. It’s a bear-shaped honey bottle dressed like Colonel Sanders. Or is it a Colonel Sanders shaped like a bear-shaped honey bottle? If you find Colonel Bear adorable, you can enter to win one by going to kfc.com/adoptacolonelbear.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via KFC.)