McDonald\'s new Southwest Salad?

Posted on: Wed, 04/18/2007 - 4:07am
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Has anyone who is PA tried the McD's new Southwest Salad? It typically has chicken (grilled or fried, your choice) in it, but they can do it w/o, and since it comes w/ black beans, I'm thinking it could be a good fast food option for my vegetarian son.

Here's what I found on their website:

Southwest Salad (without chicken):
Salad Mix, Southwest Vegetable Blend, Limes, Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese, Chili Lime Tortilla Strips

Southwest Vegetable Blend:
Roasted corn, black beans, roasted tomato, poblano pepper, lime juice (water, lime juice concentrate, lime oil), cilantro.

Chili Lime Tortilla Strips:
Corn, vegetable oil (corn oil and/or soybean oil and/or sunflower oil), salt, maltodextrin, sugar, dried tomato, dextrose, [b]spices,[/b] onion powder, green bell pepper powder, citric acid, autolyzed yeast extract, malic acid, paprika extract (color), disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, natural flavor (vegetable source), lemon extract, spice extractive.

(bold mine)

Posted on: Wed, 04/18/2007 - 10:54pm
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Yum, that sounds pretty good! It's an option for me when my kids beg me for McD's.

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2007 - 12:57am
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I just had this salad yesterday for myself while the kids ate their Happy Meals.
It was pretty yummy and tasty, but a little spicy for me. Didn't stop me from eating most of it though! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2007 - 10:09am
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Maddiesmom--are you PA yourself? You ate this and didn't react?

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2007 - 10:55am
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I had this today for lunch [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Yummy (well, as yummy as a McD's salad can really get).
No problems at all.
Adrienne (PA, TNA)
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2007 - 11:12am
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Grazie!
DS will be delighted. And it's another [i]real[/i] source of protein. Yea!

Posted on: Thu, 04/19/2007 - 2:36pm
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Adriane,
Do you feel comfortable eating any of McDonalds food/besides the McFlurries?
That salad makes my mouth burn! Eek, and I didn't even eat it!

Posted on: Fri, 04/20/2007 - 3:39am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommyMegan:
[b]Adriane,
Do you feel comfortable eating any of McDonalds food/besides the McFlurries?
That salad makes my mouth burn! Eek, and I didn't even eat it![/b]
Yes - McDs is my standard safe restaurant...I'll eat almost everything.
I don't eat the cookies or pies - mostly b/c I don't like them, not for PA/TNA reasons (I've never checked the ingredients on those). I'll do shakes, but not McFlurries (if you see how they use the machine and the cross-x that can happen...shudder)
The fruit & walnut snack thing is all prepackaged, same with the salad that comes with nuts (I think the mandarin orange?)
Else --- everything is good for me. Mind you --- I am a 'read the label' person and don't call manufacturers.
I also don't have any "mystery reactions" like a lot of kids on here do...meaning...I may not be sensitive to cross-x traces in manufactured food (meaning, cleaned but shared equipment...) Though, I will not eat foods with a warning label.
So, fries, burger, chicken (grilled and crispy), nuggets, all the salads (excepting the mandarin orange one)
You'll figure out what your comfort zone is for your situation [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Fri, 04/20/2007 - 11:02am
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Quote:Originally posted by McCobbre:
[b]Grazie!
DS will be delighted. And it's another [i]real[/i] source of protein. Yea![/b]
Don't count on the beans for a lot of protein. I had one of these salads last weekend, and while it was quite tasy, there was only a tablespoon or two of the bean/corn mixture.

Posted on: Fri, 04/20/2007 - 1:34pm
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Quote:Originally posted by ajgauthier:
[b]
Yes - McDs is my standard safe restaurant...I'll eat almost everything.
I don't eat the cookies or pies - mostly b/c I don't like them, not for PA/TNA reasons (I've never checked the ingredients on those). I'll do shakes, but not McFlurries (if you see how they use the machine and the cross-x that can happen...shudder)
The fruit & walnut snack thing is all prepackaged, same with the salad that comes with nuts (I think the mandarin orange?)
Else --- everything is good for me. Mind you --- I am a 'read the label' person and don't call manufacturers.
I also don't have any "mystery reactions" like a lot of kids on here do...meaning...I may not be sensitive to cross-x traces in manufactured food (meaning, cleaned but shared equipment...) Though, I will not eat foods with a warning label.
So, fries, burger, chicken (grilled and crispy), nuggets, all the salads (excepting the mandarin orange one)
You'll figure out what your comfort zone is for your situation [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Adrienne
[/b]
I really butchered your name huh? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
I'm going to have to try to eat a Cheeseburger from there..

Posted on: Fri, 04/20/2007 - 10:43pm
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Quote:Originally posted by ajgauthier:
[b]
Yes - McDs is my standard safe restaurant...I'll eat almost everything.
The fruit & walnut snack thing is all prepackaged, same with the salad that comes with nuts (I think the mandarin orange?)
...
Adrienne
[/b]
The fruit and walnut salad snack packaging seems to vary by region.
I posted in that in the Houston area last year the packaging changed, and others did not notice it, but it's still this way for us.
Whereas--for my area--the walnuts were in a separate packet that you could take or leave, they are now (in my area) given to us within the salad container, so sadly this salad that DS loved is a no-go.
I'm glad to know in other areas the packaging hasn't changed, but folks should be careful that it could.

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