With summer around the corner, fast food establishments are attempting to entice consumers by offering lighter fare. We were contacted to take part in the Arby’s Chicken Salad Taste-off. A simple proposition: taste two different chicken salads and pick a winner.
Dave B. and I decided to take the challenge. It couldn’t be that bad, could it?
Subway Orchard Chicken Salad on 9 Grain Wheat (Nutrition info)
The appearance alone is a good indicator of how this tasted. Oddly colored chicken slathered in a flavorless mayonnaise based sauce is jumbled together with dried cranberries, apples, grapes, and golden raisins.
Joe: Doesn’t taste like much of anything. Salt.
Dave B: I taste bread more than anything.
Arby’s Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad (Nutrition Info)
If the appearance of Subway’s sandwich foretold doom, Arby’s has one up. This sandwich looks *more* appetizing with verdant romaine instead of wilted, colorless iceberg, bright green celery, and normal colored chicken. Grapes, apples, and pecans round out the salad. The sandwich is served on honey whole grain bread (a wrap option is also available).
Joe: The chicken tastes like chicken. Pecans add crunch.
Dave B: Definitely had more flavor than the Subway sandwich.
Both sandwiches had a poor filling to bread ratio, meaning the bread’s flavor stood out more than the chicken salad. Neither bread was anything special – strangely sweet and textured.
Truth be told, we were not overly excited by either sandwich. In our honest opinion, we would recommend making your own chicken salad. A good starter recipe can be found at Simply Recipes.
The winner of this taste-off is Arby’s. It’s not even a contest, really. Just look at the photos.
For a limited time, Arby’s has a coupon on their Facebook page for a free chicken salad sandwich with the purchase of a 22 oz. drink.
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