I've been gone for more than two months, and I apologize for that. I'd written so many blogs, that I just wanted to dedicate more time to my other projects. Well, starting now, I'm going to try to establish a new sense of normalcy. Alright, now to the good stuff!
Why are we underrating salads? Why aren't they getting the delicious praise that they deserve? There's more to salad than just the raggedy Cobb. Yup. Hand me a bucket--blahhh! So, just in case you envision yourself stabbing a pencil in your ear at one's suggestion of you having a salad, take a breather. I'm gonna tell you the best salads to grab on the go. Ohhhh, how I love my countdowns, so you know I had to do one again! Relax, there's only six of them. Anyway, you'll have a mouthgasm in no time, tho.
***Keep in mind, I don't eat a lot of carbs throughout the day, so any carbs I do take in are well below or within my threshold because it's usually my first or second/final meal of the day. Also, the fat content can be excessive, but don't worry about me, worry about your own restrictions or lack thereof. 😜We all take food in differently to serve our own unique purposes. You can either tweak or discard add-ons to meet your dietary preferences. Now, let's eat!
And, please, don't judge, let me explain.😔
6. Wendy's taco salad $7. 68 I think😋
Listen, you gotta do it right. For me, the stars of this salad are the sour cream and tortilla chips. It's lettuce heavy and scarce on cheese. Booooo! But once you add in the chili, you gotta add in the tortilla chips. This salad to me isn't the healthiest, and for me, it's due to the tortilla chips. However, if you're eating clean most of the time, let it fly and let the sin sit in. That crunch with the sour cream and chili is like a taco in the mouth. Again, my criticism is the lack of cheese and abundance of hard lettuce. It's like it was made with the pit of the iceberg lettuce, you know, the hard parts that no one wants but discards. But if you tire of the rabbit feel of salads, this is a good deviation from that. Just cut the lettuce down as much as possible so your bites aren't as bulky or out of ratio when forking the chili and chips. You'll definitely get that salty crunch when eating this one. At times, I wish there were more ingredients, like radishes, onions, garlic, and a spoon of corn. But it's coming from a drive-thru, so expectations have been successfully lowered. However, despite the lack in variation of ingredients, there's a reason why this salad remains on the menu after decades. It's homely.
5. Wendy's spicy chicken Caesar salad $same as above😋😋
This is the last Wendy's salad to make it on my list. I swear. It ain't that spicy, really. Sometimes more so than other times, but this salad is simplistic but delicious. It comes with grape tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, and the chicken. The dressing is of course--Caesar, and delicious. I'm a Caesar fanatic, and it's my favorite go-to salad when I feel shaky about other salads on a menu. You can get the chicken grilled or crispy. Of course I'm gonna go with crispy! I do unbreaded when I make my salads at home, soooooo, let me live! This salad offers dark, green lettuce, for which I'm a sucker, and that chicken tho. I wish it came with more cheese, but, hey, I come to expect this from Wendy's. Anyway, the acidic taste from the dressing really complements the chicken so, it's heavenly enough. Oh, don't forget the croutons!
4. Subway tuna salad $7. and some change😋😋😋
If you have to pay for extra tuna, do it. They give you those two little wimpy spoonfuls of tuna that knock the ratio of the whole salad off. Grrrr. Makes me roll my eyes every time. But what do I put on it? I'm very simplistic with my salads. I'm not the type of person to have a million ingredients all over my salad. I like there to be a defining ingredient that champions the rest. I request shredded lettuce, spinach, pickles, tomatoes, American cheese, lots of onions, green peppers (sometimes), tuna, and two crucial dressings: lots of oil & vinegar and creamy sriracha--or is that three? Whatever! If they have croutons, I'll take them, but the heat from the sriracha is just right and when combined with tuna. Honey, look out. Subway makes the best tuna, but that's because of their secret ingredient: lemon juice. Mmmmmm, squirt away. Aside from the pathetic heaps of tuna, this salad rocks!
3. Dawn's Homemade tuna salad $shrugs😋😋😋😋
I looooooove tuna. I loooooooove romaine lettuce. So when I hear about this Yuma, Arizona outbreak madness, I wanna hurt someone. I've had over 60 salads this year, and this salad of mine is a true kitchen staple. Well, you can choose arugula and leafy lettuce for now with spinach. I first add a pinch of salt and a generous amount of lemon juice (thank you, Subway) and mayo to the tuna. Heavenly. Over my romaine lettuce, I add the tuna, craisins, croutons--though tortilla strips are way better and highly advised, Caesar dressing or light raspberry vinaigrette dressing, homemade shredded cheddar or any expensive white cheese block, tomatoes, and sometimes onions. When I wanna eat veggies, I just steam and eat them. I don't really like to add too many to my salads, because they're clunky and override the smooth texture I crave against my tongue. The only crunch I like on my salads are usually tortilla strips and croutons. Well, anyway, this salad is too tasty and will keep you in the grocery store buying lettuce. Do you know how much lettuce my family and I have gone through?
2. Chik-fil-A honey peppercorn chicken salad $8😋😋😋😋😋
Made on a bed of arugula and leafy lettuce, y'all! This salad was discovered on my radar just today and inspired this blog post. I ate it and died from goodness but came back when I realized I had more books to write. Now, I am not into tons of ingredients on my salad as stated before, but when I pulled it out of the bag, I felt doubtful because of the minimal amount of ingredients used. Did it fill me up? For about two hours. My only regrets were that it does pack in a lot of carbs from the dressings alone and that I didn't order two of these salads. Anyway, I pull out the honey you need to coat over the chicken strips and then I open the bag of salted caramel pecans. Not to mention, they sprinkle dried cherries in there, too. It comes with bacon, but I'm super rigid about pork 🤮🤢 and had them leave that bacon off. Also, they put goat cheese in it--goat!!! Beaaaaaaaahhhh. Y'all! The goat cheese just kind of melts as you go and by the last bite, you've died. Anyway, the breaded chicken was shiny and well-cooked, and just . . . I cannot talk about this salad because hours later, I'm hungry and pissed that I don't have any lettuce in this house and don't know what to eat that will make me forget that salad until I go back for it. If this is a limited-time offering, I'm pissed some more.
1. Silverado Grilled Salmon Short Stack Salad $18😋😋😋😋😋😋
Ummmm, where do I begin? I'm sorry if you don't live near Silverado, but it is a part of the of Great American Restaurant Chain. I think this chain is exclusive to Northern Virginia, but I can tell you what's in it! First, you must grill a sexy piece of salmon. Then, you'll need leafy greens, some champagne vinaigrette dressing, dates that look like little barrels, sun-dried cranberries, tomatoes, and pine nuts. They used to serve it with small, cold pieces of potatoes, but I always kicked it to the side of my plate, because it always tasted like a chef’s afterthought. Luckily, they must've come to their senses on this, because I didn't see it in the salad the last time I went. This salad is offered with goat cheese for an extra buck, served warmed or cold, but I always choose warmed. Between the dates, cheese and grilled salmon, it only makes sense that a salad this expensive would sit at number one.
If you don't know what to choose, I beg of you to honor the rank in which the salads sit to make a rational decision. You have to recreate my salad at home, but you MUST stop by Chik-fil-A, because unlike Silverado, you can find their salad anywhere.