Every so often in addition to featuring local independent restaurants, Fort Smith Eats will post short write-ups on fast food finds. Why? Because sometimes we don’t have time to do a full post, and because, honestly, we have to admit we still eat at these places more often than is wise, we suspect you do, too, and sometimes we have something to say, good or bad, about what we’ve eaten there. (We’ve also previousl blogged about fast food in a mocha-off.)
It’s pretty well established that Chick-Fil-A is the hot young thang on the Fort Smith fast food scene, as well as everywhere else nationwide fortunate enough to have a franchise. What was once an unexciting mall food court standby has in the past few years achieved this weird cult status with some crazy Chick-Fil-A-lovin’ fans. We’d pay cash money to see a fierce game of Red Rover between Chick-Fil-A fans and Apple fans. Except they’re often the same people, so maybe that wouldn’t work.
You could count us among the semi-rabid Chick-Fil-A fans. We’re not putting on cow costumes or getting Eat More Chickn tattoos, but if you suggest going to Chick-Fil-A for a quick bite, we’re probably going.
We are sometimes guilty of getting stuck in a rut, getting a craving for something we’ve had before and then only ordering that. There are about three items on the Chick-Fil-A menu we get over and over and over: the original chicken sandwich (plain, no need to tart it up with lettuce and tomato), the Chick-N-Strips, and the surprisingly-yummy-though-weird-textured chicken salad (in a cup, with crackers).
We love these items. They are solid, dependable. They make us happy every time.
Wow. We knew it would be pretty good, and we knew it would be healthy-ish. But after a long, gray, rainy day, we were not prepared for just how refreshing this salad would look and taste.
Look at that. Is it not a thing of fast food beauty? Charbroiled chicken, strawberries, grapes, apples, mandarin oranges, two types of cheeses, carrots, shredded red cabbage, green lettuce? All arranged in their own special spots on the plate? It’s like a rainbow of health, pretty to boot.
In lieu of croutons, this salad comes with optional granola for added crunch:
And though it mucks up the presentation a little, we recommend the light Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette paired with this salad.
We checked the nutrition info online, and discovered that even with the vinaigrette and granola, the Chargrilled & Fruit Salad weighs in at only 360 calories. Without the granola, it’s 300 calories, and plain is 230. This one is getting added into our regular rotation. No guilt, just pleasure.
Disagree? Red Rover, Red Rover, send naysayers right over…