Feb 22

Rotisserie Chicken Apple Pecan Salad

Rotisserie Chicken Apple Pecan Salad

I love Wendy's apple pecan chicken salad, but our closest store has a less than stellar track record.

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I can't even count the times we've brought lunch home only to discover that they left a crucial ingredient out of my salad (uh, where's my blue cheese?!?), or they forgot the packet of pecans, or even worse they forgot the pomegranate vinaigrette. I mean how hard is it to get a simple salad right? Exactly...

So I've taken to making my apple pecan chicken salads at home where I can control the amounts and quality of the ingredients.

I replaced the grilled chicken with a rotisserie chicken I picked up at the local grocery store. I've often heard about the wonderful meals that can be prepared from a rotisserie chicken, and now I'm a believer! It was very flavorful and yielded enough meat for several lunch portion salads over the week.

Add in some sliced apples, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans, and top with Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate salad dressing (a dead ringer for the vinaigrette Wendy's offers), and you've got a healthy and delicious salad at a fraction of the fast food price!

For small batches of toasted nuts such as this, I recommend toasting the pecans in your microwave.

Rotisserie Chicken Apple Pecan Salad

Rotisserie Chicken Apple Pecan Salad


  • Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate Salad Dressing
  • mixed greens
  • rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • dried cranberries
  • crumbled blue cheese
  • sliced apple
  • toasted pecans


  1. Place desired amount of mixed greens on a plate.
  2. Arrange shredded chicken, dried cranberries, crumbled blue cheese, sliced apples and toasted pecans on top.
  3. Drizzle on Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate Salad Dressing to taste.


This post brought to you by Marzetti Simply Dressed. All opinions are 100% mine.

by Tara | 20 comments

  • LOVE these salads! Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Jennifer Young

    I saw this recipe featured on For the Mommas--looks delicious. Thanks!

  • Marzetti's IS the dressing they use on Wendy's Apple Chicken Pecan Salad. My friend happened on it at our local grocery store. LUV that salad and have made it at home as well. Thanks for the tip on using rotisserie instead of grilled chicken!

  • Oh my gosh! - I just ADORE this salad from Wendy's! - It's my new "favorite thing".
    BTW -I love your idea of using a rotisserie chicken instead of the grilled stuff. Just realized that it will be so much more cost effective for me to use that instead! :)
    Luv your blog!

    • Thanks -- glad you stopped by!

    • Jen

      I agree. Love that idea. I always have leftover rotisserie chicken. Now i have something delicious to do with it!
      (Recently, between deals and coupons, I bought Marzetti for 50 cents!)

  • wendys worker

    I was excited to find the recipe until I read your intro and to be honest, I'm offended. When working in fast food, one must work fast. With orders coming in quicker than one can make them, sometimes we forget. So when being timed, one might forget a piece of your "simple salad".

    • I certainly wasn't trying to offend anyone. Believe me -- I understand how stressful it can be. I worked the drive-thru at McDonald's all through high school and some college.

      Working fast is no excuse for sloppy work though, and when my order is wrong more often than it's right, the store manager needs to revisit the basic training procedures in his or her store. I wasn't exaggerating when I said I couldn't count the number of times my order was incorrect, and it's why we no longer frequent our local store.

      • Jen

        I believe that many workers *want* to do their best, but unfortunately, I've worked in the fast food industry before, and I was literally thrown in and told to start. They started me in their various ice cream desserts, so I'd have to ask how to make what. Further, we didn't have the automatic tickets, so I'd have three people telling me to make a shake, for instance, only to find out they were referring to the same patron!
        It's important that managers do not get lazy. They need to refresh basics monthly, and encourage their employees.

    • Ginny

      Dear Wendys Worker,
      I realize the employees have to work fast, but the last three times I've been through the drive-thru, they've forgotten something. I feel cheated when I get home without the pecans for my salad or the large chili my husband was planning to have for lunch, etc etc etc. In addition to the speed factor, the whole setup at the window seems disorganized. An industrious employee should mention the need for an orderly process for preparing food at the window. Maybe management will even listen to you.

  • Athena

    While I DID like the Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, I found that the store bought dressing is NOT the same, there are some differences (look closely at the ingredients). I no longer get the salads, I find that there have been changes made to the dressing, it is a darker red color and the taste leaves a definite "feeling" of something missing. I know I'm not wrong on this as I found a Wendy's that had the older dressing which tasted great, but then the next day went to a different Wendy's with the new dressing - there is a difference.
    Also, I agree that fast food workers are not able to create a simple salad, or ensure that the order they give you is the correct order. The people at Wendy's are the worse.

  • Kelly

    I, too, was going to pin this recipe and follow the blog until I, too, got offended by the postings about Wendy's. I have worked at Wendy's for 21 years now (and was in operations for 10 of them). I'm glad you stated your "local" Wendy's because it is not the same at all Wendy's. I work for one of the best franchises in the business and am very proud of the fact that we check the orders twice before handing them out through our drive thrus. BUT, did it ever occur to you to LOOK in the bag before pulling out and leaving???? Doesn't hurt to check!!!

    • As I mentioned before, I worked in a fast food drive-thru for many years. I know that mistakes are bound to happen -- occasionally. But this was a repeated occurrence every. single. time. we frequented this establishment. I know that not all locations are like this, and I did state that this is an issue with my local store.

      I always glance in the bag when we go through a drive-thru, but taking the time to pull every item out and ensure that we have dressings, pecans, nugget sauces, etc. would hold up the entire line behind us, and that still wouldn't address the issue of missing ingredients on a sandwich or salad itself. We just simply won't eat there any more because of their lack of attention to detail.

    • Jamie

      I love how folks can take a comment and apply it to everything and instantly get offended at the author. I used to work at Sonic, and we had a Manager, Cook, and Order/Drink Person as well as a carhop(we did not have a drive thru). We actually cared about getting it right and we did with limited resources.

      I find it funny that we can even defend bad service at a fast food restaurant. I see at min 6(most times upwards of 14) people when I go into any fast food Restaurant, and more often than not the employees are careless and forget items and that, according to the comments, is perfectly acceptable and we shouldn't complain vocally about it.

      Come on, lazy people/underpaid employees/Immature Teenagers all result in a potential for bad service and it is not a target to a particular brand and more a result from the culture of the industry itself. Those are not all that work at these jobs, just the examples of the ones that show up to ruin the bunch. I paid my dues in retail and food service, and moved on to other career choices, but I respect the jobs and the difficulty in them. I do not, however, make a generalization and get offended by the authors comments. Potential for bad service is going to show up quicker and more often in fast food than say a upscale (waiter/waitress) restaurant because of training/employee empathy and respect for the job/age/skill level and other factors.

      Oh Noes, I am offended by rational thought processes.

      My Wendy's is awesome, I ask for an extra dressing, and occasionally when they forget to give me the proper amount I have spares in the fridge.

  • Laura

    I love this particular salad made by Wendy's. Thank you for posting it. I can't wait to try it. I have know idea why your comments caused so much offense. I found your statement to be clear and concise regarding your experience at your local store. Why that would prevent others from reposting a delicious recipe is beyond me. I have no such reserrvations.

  • Donna

    I too love this salad from Wendys, and have had many times after ordering this salad, where I have not received my dressing or pecans. It's frustrating. So I am thrilled to see this recipe posted!! I look forward to making it soon!! Thanks!!

  • Kat

    I just purchased the Apple pecan chicken salad from Wendy's. It is not good.

    The apples had bad spots and the dressing has been changed. This time I was given Marzettis simply dressed vinaigrette. It does not taste the same. It has a Sour aftertaste.
    I'm about 99% positive the dressing used to be Newman's Own.
    Very disappointed to pay $6 for a salad oh to toss it out.
    Wendy's Apple Pecan chicken salad used to be my favorite. No more!

  • Don

    My wife and I love the Apple pecan chicken salad from Wendy’s. Of all of the fast food restaurants in this area, Wendy's is the best in every department. Jamie is right. You can't lump all fast-food restaurants together. Not even within the same company. We never go to Sonic here in town. But always go to Sonic when in the neighboring town.

    • I totally agree with you, Don! I'm not bashing Wendy's as a whole, but the store that's closest to us definitely has a thing or two to learn.

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