Sometimes, you can be a longtime regular customer of a specific restaurant and simply not notice menu items that are clearly listed. Such is the case with myself and McDonald’s restaurants. Although I have been patronizing a McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Hartford, Connecticut for many years, it wasn’t until last week that I noticed the inclusion of a “side salad” on McDonald’s $1.00 Value Menu.
As I was about to place an order of two McDouble’s burgers and a small French fries “to- go”, I happened to notice that the Value Menu also listed a side salad as one of its offerings. Tucked- away in the lower- right corner of the menu- board, this menu item had completely escaped my attention until I saw it last week. In recent months, I have been trying to eat more salads, but quite often, preparing salads at home is not a viable and / or economical proposition. When I saw that McDonald’s offers a $1.00 side salad, it made me realize that eating fresh, inexpensive salads was entirely possible. Last night, I ordered one of the McDonald’s side salads “to- go” and while eating it, decided to write a consumer review of the product. Presented here, is one food writer’s consumer product review of McDonald’s $1.00 Side Salad, from its Value Menu.
Packaging / Size
The McDonald’s Side Salad weighs- in at 3.1 ounces (87g). The salad is packaged in a 6″ black, plastic bowl which is fitted with a clear plastic lid that stays- on well. Along with the salad, I received two small, sealed plastic bags, each of which contained one plastic fork and one plastic knife. In addition to the salad and utensils, each salad comes with the customer’s choice of a small, sealed salad dressing pouch, or container. The balsamic vinaigrette that I chose was actually a 1.5 fluid ounce container of Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette. As it turned out, I only utilized approimately 1/2 of the pouch on the salad. The remainder is stored in my refrigerator.
McDonald’s Side Salad contains a mixture of romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce and spring mix, as well as paper- thin pieces, or curls of carrots. In researching this article, I consulted mcdonalds.com, which lists grape tomatoes as an ingredient. Although the salad I received contained no tomatoes, I felt that it was comparable to many salads offered at other restaurants for much higher prices.
The price that I paid for one side salad at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hartford, Connecticut was $1.00. I have to un- equivocally state that the $1.00 price charged for this salad is one of the best restaurant- bargains I have come across in years. As I ate the salad, I repeatedly thought that a similar salad at most other restaurants would cost much more.
Flavor / Freshness
As one would expect of any product served by McDonald’s, their $1.00 side salad contains very fresh, high- quality ingredients. The flavor of the salad is just as good as any salad served at any other type of restaurant.
One McDonald’s Side Salad contains 20 calories, with 0 calories from fat. It is very low in carbohydrates and contains a high percentage of Vitamin A. McDonald’s Side Salad is an ideal menu- choice for those who are on a diet, or counting their calories. The 1.5 fluid ounce container of Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette that I received with my side salad contains 40 calories, with 25 calories from fat.
In this food writer’s humble opinion, the $1.00 side salad available from McDonald’s Value Menu is a very reasonably- priced menu item. In fact, when comparing it to side salads from other restaurants, it is a mind- bogglingly, affordably- priced menu item. I would heartily recommend this healthy product to anyone who enjoys eating fresh salads, as well as to anyone who is searching for a true bargain.
Personal experience with the product