Eating out in a restaurant comes with its convenience. You don’t have to walk into the grocery store after a tiring day and you do not have to wash utensils after cooking. That is why I love it when I pass through my favourite joint, Chick-fil-A. It is just a few blocks from where I stay.
If you have a chance to dine out, you should check this place out. If you have already done so, you will agree with me that you can never go wrong with them. That is because they have what you need your body to be full and functioning the whole day.
Am talking about their dishes that are finger licking good and affordable. They are famous for their famous grilled chicken sandwich, chicken waffles, chick-fil-n chicken strips, and their milkshakes too. I love it when I walk into their premises. I look forward to the next dish to taste.
They have many dishes for you to choose from on their menu. When you order for some, they will make it fresh and serve you within no time. What I love most is that their menu has details about the ingredients of the dish and the calories content. You get to know what you are having in details.
Do they have healthy dishes?
That is the first question that I asked myself when I came in for their food this year. That is because I made a decision of losing the extra pound I have. It is because of indulging during the festive season last year. To my surprise, they do have healthy choices that you can have.
Their menu aids you in counting the calories. That way, you are able to choose a combination that will have fewer calories. They also have salad servings. It is a reason that has made me stick to the premises until now. They have wonderful delicious salad dishes that you will enjoy and lose weight.
A salad is a combination of fruits and vegetables. It is to make you full yet give you all the nutrients you need for your body to function. They are the best choice when you are losing weight because of being low in calories. A good example is the southwest salad. Read along to know more about it.
Chick-fil-A South West Salad
If you are struggling to lose weight or to maintain it, I know you have come across a bowl of salad. They tend to make you full yet provide you with food that is low in calories. That is because they are full of greens and fruits. They can be boring, right?
If you do not have the salads at Chick-fil-A, The salads can be boring and with no taste. That is because they are made of raw fruits and vegetables with no flavour enhancer. With Chick-fil-A, you will have a bowl of salad with a different twist. That is why I love the southwest salad.
The innovation of the salad came to remove the old boring salad. That is by introducing some spiciness and chilli in the salad to make it unique. The salad is known to be spicy and with many unique ingredients. I took time to know the ingredients and they amaze me.
Chick-fil-a came up with the salad to make sure you have different flavours in one bowl. They believe losing weight should not be an excuse for eating boring foods. With the salad, you will get heavenly flavours that are due to the ingredients. So, what is special about the ingredients?
10 ingredients that make southwest salad irresistible
I know you are used to the same old boring salad. Lettuce, tomatoes are the thing in the salad, right? Well, with the Chick-fil-a southwest salad, everything is changing. That is because the salad has the following ingredients that make it unique and healthy.
Where else will you find a chicken in a salad? The 100% whole breast chicken meat is to bring in the protein aspect of the salad. Chick-fil-a believes that you should have a balanced diet in every dish you have. The uniquely cut chicken is to bring in a lean source of protein.
- The corns and black beans
Yes, it is truly a salad should have all elements of a balanced diet, but who thought you can ever have corns in a salad. It is weird, right? With the southwest salad, you will find a blend of the corns and black beans for a different kick in the salad. If you love corn, you need to have it in a salad.
- Red cabbage and carrot
The salad gives you all the elements your body needs in the right doses. That is hay they use cabbage and carrot. They are rich in vitamins giving you a good supply with the salad. Your body will be full of vitamins and fibres with the two ingredients. It also adds some crunchiness in the salad.
- Romaine and baby greens
The more the better. Vegetables are full of water, fibre, and vitamins. They are also low in calories. They will make you full for longer when you take them and that is why they are very significant in the salad. At Chick-fil-a, the romaine and baby green are fresh every day so you get the salad freshly made.
It is a slang word for pumpkin seeds. They add a dose of healthy fats into the salad. You are supposed to roast them and add red pepper before you add them in the salad to bring the unique twist. If you have never had the seeds, walk down at Chick-fil-a and have the salad.
- The chillies
For you to feel the spiciness in the food, Chick-fil-a uses chillies. They are to bring spiciness in the food, flavour and are good for losing weight. Rarely will you find the chillies in any salad. That makes the salad a unique one with the ingredients.
- Creamy salsa dressing and seasoned tortilla dressing
The good thing about the dressing is that they are tasty and low in calories. While others will spike your calories level in the dish, the dressing is for enhancing the taste and keeping the calories on the down low. It is easy to make them at home too.
- Monterey and cheddar cheese
Dairy products are important to your body. When you have them in your diet, they add an extra dose of healthiness that comes with them. They bring in protein, good fats, and other nutrients that your body needs to function well.
Having the cheese in the salad brings a unique twist to the salad. When you are making the salad, you place them on the lettuce and they play a role in enhancing the overall taste of the salad. You will love them when you have a taste of the salad.
- Grape tomatoes.
Tomatoes bring in vitamins in your salad. They are rich in keratin and other vitamins that help your skin glow and prevent early ageing. They are a perfect blend when you have it in a salad. The good thing about using tomato in the salad is the grape tomatoes.
They change the whole taste of the salad. They cancel the spiciness of the salad. That is by bringing in the sweet taste, which is their characteristic taste. In the in the midst of all the spiciness of the salad, you will get a sweet feeling in it bringing in a different twist.
- Carbohydrates, protein and vitamin in one bowl
It is rare to get all that in a salad. The southwest salad has been the talk of the town for being a dish you can have all the elements of balance diets in one bowl. A bowl will be healthier for you, make you enjoy your stay at Chick-fil-a, and still make you full. Quite interesting, right?
Making the chick-fil-a south-west salad at home
Discovering the salad was a good start for me. It gave me a choice of eating healthy to lose weight. The good thing about the salad is that you get to have a spicy dish that is low in calories. I had to know how to make it at home, something I was afraid to do.
It is after realizing sometimes I am not in the mood of going out or I want to have the dish on Sunday. What I must warn you is that the dish requires time and effort. That is because it involves the following steps;
- Marinating and grilling the chicken.
- Grilling the corn.
- Roasting the pumpkin seeds.
- Making the dressing.
- Making the tortilla strips.
Ingredients for making the Chick-fil-A southwest salad
- 1½ to 2 pounds of breast chicken.
- 1½-tablespoon paprika.
- ½-tablespoon chilli
- ½-tablespoon cayenne pepper.
- 2-tablespoon salt.
- Zest of the lime.
- 2-tablespoon olive oil.
- 2 ears of corn.
- Olive oil.
- 1-cup pumpkin seeds.
- 2-tablespoon chilli
- 1-tablespoon salt.
- 1-tablespoon lime juice.
- 5 corn tortilla.
- 2-tablespoon olive oil.
- 1-tablespoon salt.
Creamy salsa dressing
- 1-cup Greek yorgut2 tablespoon mayonnaise.
- 1 green onion.
- 2-tablespoon cilantro- chopped.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- 1-cup black beans –drained.
- 1 poblano chilly.
- 1 bell pepper chilly.
- 1-cup Monterey jack
- 1 cup of shredded carrot.
- 1-pint grape tomatoes.
- 2 cup of shredded red cabbage.
- 4 cups romaine lettuce.
Procedure on how to make Chick-fil-A southwest salad
- In a bowl, combine the chicken breast, paprika, chilli powder, cayenne pepper, salt, the lime, and the olive oil. Mix ell for it to coat the chicken breast. Marinate it for 30-1 hour as you prepare the other ingredients.
- Preheat the oven or the grill. Rub the corn comb with the olive oil and roast in a grill or oven until it is evenly brown and soft. Remove the corn from the comb and put pepper in it, set aside.
- Whisk all the ingredients for making the salsa dressing together. Using the salt and pepper, season to taste then put it aside.
- Heat the oven again at 350 degrees. Cut the corn tortilla into even strips. Coat them with olive oil and sprinkle some salt. Put them on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or until they are crispy and ready.
- For the pumpkin seeds, coat them with lime juice then season them it pepper and salt. Put them in the oven to roast for 5 minutes until they are light in colour.
- Once the marinating time is off, remove the chicken breasts, and coat them with olive oil. Grill them or put them in an oven for them to cook for 4-5 minutes at 165 degrees.
- It is time to start placing your bowl. In a large bowl, place your greens. Next, place the corns, peppers, the black beans, tomatoes, carrots, the cheese, cabbage, pepitas, and the tortilla strips.
- Remove the chicken from the grill and slice them in 1/8 inches small pieces. Place on top of the ingredients and pour the salsa dressing on top. Your salad is ready.
- Enjoy your salad!
At Chick-fil-a, you can have the southwest salad with chicken nuggets, chicken waffles or you can choose to have it on its own. You also have a lot of dressing for you to choose from. The reason why I prefer salsa dressing is the low calories it has.
Choosing to eats salads does not mean you should have a boring dish. You can have a spicy dish full of ingredients that are nutritious for you to enjoy. Chick-fil-A southwest salad is the salad you need to order to enjoy flavours and low calories that comes with it.