Wendy’s Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

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Wendy’s Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad is hearty and will satisfy your hunger without leaving you feeling guilty.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Wendy’s salads – I have written about them here and here. One thing that I love about Wendy’s salads is that they hearty enough to satisfy me.

Wendy's Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad on a black plate.

What Comes On The Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad?

Scoop of avocado on a salad.

The Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad is made with freshly chopped lettuce which is topped with warm, hand-sliced grilled chicken breast meat, creamy guacamole (made with Hass avocados, lime juice, and salt), diced tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, shredded pepper Jack cheese, and served with southwest ranch salad dressing.

Chicken and avocado salad.
Wendy’s Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad – it’s like Wendy’s took a Cobb salad and kicked it up a notch or two.

Southwest Avocado Salad Nutrition

Each salad has 420 calories, 25 grams of fat, 930 mg of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates which includes 6 grams of fiber, and 39 grams of protein.

Each packet of salad dressing will add 140 calories, 14 grams of fat, 320 mg of sodium, 4 gram of carbohydrates (no fiber), and 1 gram of protein.

The History of Cobb Salads

Cobb salads have been around for nearly 100 years. There’s no definitive source pointing back to its official origin, but it appears that there are two possibilities:

  1.  It originated at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in 1936 or 1937 and was named after the restaurant’s owner, Robert Cobb. It went on to become the restaurant’s signature dish.
  2. Robert Kreis was the executive chef at the Hollywood Brown Derby and created the salad in 1929 and named it in honor of Robert Cobb.

Legend has it that the salad was created when Cobb mixed together leftovers he found in the kitchen, along with some bacon, and tossed it with French dressing. Nowadays, traditional Cobb salads are made with iceberg, watercress, endive and romaine lettuces, and topped with bacon, avocado, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs.

Wendy's Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad, two packets of salad dressing, and a drink.

The Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad joined the regular salad lineup at Wendy’s which includes the Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad, Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad, the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, and Taco Salad.

Dear Wendy’s Peeps – if you read this, please bring back your BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad – it’s the best!

A Salad Loving Customer

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  1. It’s disgusting how much sodium is In your Chicken Avocado Salad even with no dressing at all and how you could call the salad healthy and having ingredients low in sodium . Really Shocking . 1000 mg Sodium in one Salad .

  2. Today I went to store #00003028 in Pigeon Forge, TN. I ordered a Southwest Avocado salad with regular ranch instead of the southwest dressing. I got a salad with chicken and tomatoes, a smidgen of cheese, and ranch dressing. No avocado, no bacon. Oh, and they threw in the parmesan crisps that go with the Caesar salad.

    This was a terrible disappointment and an expensive one given the location.

    I would appreciate a reimbursement for my meal (Ticket #3066; $11.61) or a coupon for a replacement.

    Thank you very much.

  3. I got the southwest salad tonight & they forgot the avocado & bacon in mine. Very disappointed for this RN on the night shift!

  4. I just got the southwest avocado salad for the first time. It was all that was advertised, fresh,chicken grilled just right, generous amounts, except the avocado which was maybe a tablespoon in size. I would order again, with the amount of avocado confirmed.

  5. I got a large southwest avocado salad this evening, didn’t find any avocado dressing, only got one dressing package and it was RANCH dressing.

  6. I tried the Southwestern Avocado Salad for the first time. The tomatoes were clear from being frozen or old, lettuce mix not chopped very well, bacon tasted burnt so, most of my salad was croutons! If that was a whole salad, I would never want the half. Definitely not my monies worth!!

  7. Do you know if the 300 calories for the half salad the southwest avocado includes the dressing if so, how many packets. I was given 2 but didn’t know if that was a mistake and should only have 1. I used only 1.

    1. Hi Kaitlin,

      I reached out to Wendy’s via Twitter and here is your answer:

      Hey there! Half salads should come with one packet of salad dressing, and the one packet of salad dressing is included in the calories listed on the website (310 for a half Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad).

      Hope that helps!

  8. How do you eat it? I don’t get dressing. Do you smush the guacamole all over the salad? I just want to know if there’s a better way!!

  9. I just had the Southwest Chicken salad with quacamole. I ordered it without the cheese or salad dressing, however. Is there a way to find out how many total carbs are in the salad the way I ordered it? It was delish, btw!

    1. Hi there!

      I used Wendy’s app and the nutrition information on Wendy’s website and was not able to check WITHOUT the cheese. The carb count WITH cheese should be 18 grams with 7 grams being sugar. From what I can tell, that very well might include the dressing. (The dressing is included in the ingredient list on the Wendy’s website.) I will try to reach out to Wendy’s for further clarification.

      1. I texted Wendy’s (888.624.8140) and got a quick response. Here are the carb counts:
        Dressing – 5g for two packets
        Avocado – 5 g carbs
        Cheese – 2 g carbs
        Salad blend – 6 carbs

        A half salad would have 6g carbs and a full-sized salad has 13g.

    1. Without the chicken, the calorie count Is 470.

      1.Go to wendys.com
      2.Click on order online in the top L corner:
      4.Choose a pick-up method (won’t matter)
      5.Start your order
      6.Select salads
      7.Select SWA Salad
      8.Click ‘customize it’ near the bottom of the product page
      9.Click “meat”
      10.Click on the check mark that indicates grilled chicken is on it, this removes it.
      11.Save your changes
      12.Then, you’ll see the calories updated to 470 and when you click on the nutrition and allergens the new facts panel is updated.

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