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Wendy’s Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

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.  So when I was told that there was a new salad on the lineup, I knew that I needed to try it.  One thing that I love about Wendy’s salads is that the full-size versions are hearty enough to satisfy me.

Wendy's Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

What Comes On The Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad?

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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.

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The full-sized salad has 600 calories and the half has only 300.

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

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 for 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, endives and romaine lettuces, and topped with bacon, avocado, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs.

Wendy's Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

The Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad joined the regular salad line up 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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