I love Wendy’s apple pecan chicken salad, but our closest store has a less than stellar track record.
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.
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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.
This post brought to you by Marzetti Simply Dressed. All opinions are 100% mine.
Friday 4th of March 2022
The Chic-fila Garden Salad is very good & I get the A0ple Cider Salad dressing. The inly thing us I hate Blue Cheese sipo I have to wait for fresh one ro be made wuthout it. It doesnt take long. I could eat it every day.......
Friday 4th of July 2014
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.
Tara @ Unsophisticook
Saturday 5th of July 2014
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.
Saturday 1st of February 2014
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!
Wednesday 30th of January 2013
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!!
Saturday 12th of January 2013
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.