McDonald's Asian Salad Returning, Tastes Like Everything's That's Wrong With the Company

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Just like candy!

McDonald's put out a press release today touting the return of its Asian salad, a mix of greens, mandarins and almonds it sold a couple of years ago until discontinuing it for reasons the company never quite explained. It's going to be available only in Southern California, only until early September, and only at certain locations, yet McDonald's insists its salad is "popular."

The Mickey D's inside the Walmart in Orange offered samples over the weekend, but no one wanted them. The nice gal asking people if they wanted to try it was met with outright ignorance and waved-off rejections.

What yahoo wants to eat a salad at McDonald's? Feeling sad for the gal, I tried a sample and liked it--but that's the problem. This was more candy bar than salad. The ginger dressing was as saccharine as syrup, the mandarin oranges as fluffy and sugary as marshmallows. They put so many almonds slivers on top of the greens it looked like and had the crunch of trail mix. There were greens somewhere in the cup, snow peas and edamame and other roughage, but it was almost imperceptible.

A great salad is supposed to highlight the natural bounty Earth offers; any dressing is supposed to accentuate, not dominate, the dish. This salad is telling of the company's conception of what constitutes a healthy meal--and that its customer base largely ignored the freebies for the five minutes or so I saw the gal, along with me noticing her still-full tray half an hour later, shows that anyone who eats at Mickey D's isn't interested in salads, and anyone interested in salads won't try the House That Ronald Built (With an Assist From Asshole Ray Kroc) ever.

But if you want unhealthy food? This is the place. Had myself an apple pie after the salad--how could you not?

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Brian
Brian

Oddly enough, I just had one in Knoxville, Tennessee today (which, considering the Vols' colors, could be considered Orange County). The dressing is pretty sweet, and my filet came coated in it. The almonds were in a packet on the side, and the greens and other vegetables outweighed the chicken and mandarin oranges. I think it was pretty well balanced, but I'd have preferred it without the dressing at all. I think the author may have just gotten a misbalanced sample that was trying to show off the meat and dressing. I don't think they could get people to jump onto a salad sample that was proportional to the real ingredients.

guest
guest

What a snob!  This "yahoo" eats salads from McDonalds.  Some of us don't have tons of fast food or restaurant options in small towns and when we need something fast and healthier than burgers and fries, this is my go to.  I don't eat everything they put on the salads like the cheese and I use only a smidgen of the dressing packet.  There is no one holding a gun to my head telling me I have to eat every piece of cheese or almond they put on my salad so you can definitely avoid lots of extra calories by not eating those.  Plus, where did this author get her info?  Asian salads are sold in Oklahoma, too, not just SoCal!  Seriously, every Orange County person I've met is so narcissistic and snobby.

Jj222222
Jj222222

They have it at other places than southern CA, seeing as we have it here in Ohio.

KateGreat
KateGreat

I've actually ordered an Asian prepared salad from McDonalds...not a sample.  It had a TONS of greens in it  ...and a tons of snow peas and the mandarin oranges were sweet but not overpoweringly so.  The dressing is actually Newman's own dressing and is very low fat.  Not a bad salad if you are driving home from work very late, have no food at home and want to eat something more nutritious than a burger and fries (cause that's the only thing open).  Sounds like you got a poorly prepared sample!

God_rock217
God_rock217

The house that Ronald built could refer to the ronald McDonald house, which houses the families of sick children while their loved one receive care at a near by hospital. Dick and Mac McDonald founded McDonalds in San Bernadino before Ray Kroc came along and started the McDonalds Corporation. Sampling salads is an odd idea, I'll agree. Would you sample burgers to people eating salads? It seems just as odd. It was clearly an attempt to broaden the horizons of the consumer, and from your observations, it seems the consumers were not interested. Certain bait works for certain fish. Especially the fish swimming around walmart. If the mcdonalds was next to a trader joes, it's possible that the tray would need to be refilled over and over. Just my opinion.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

That Walmart is steps away from a Cost Plus and a Spouts, both theoretically catering to salad-eating demongraphics.

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