Monday, December 31, 2012

The Latest Bzz...Lean Cuisine Salad Additions

If you're tired of the usual lunch choices, you might want to give Lean Cuisine Salad Additions a try. This is one of several current BzzAgent campaigns that I've joined recently. As a BzzAgent, I received a coupon for a free Salad Additions and was super excited to try it out.

Unfortunately, my local Kroger didn't stock this product until the past week. And my local Wal-Mart Supercenter only carried the Asian-Style Chicken variety, which contains sesame. And sesame = terrible hives for me, so that one was a no-go. Luckily, my second home is Kroger, so I happened to find all four offerings last week in a new freezer end-cap display.

My Bistro Chicken salad from Lean Cuisine
I picked up the Bistro Chicken variety and just made it for lunch today (New Year's Eve). With grilled chicken, red & yellow bell peppers, and asparagus, it can't get much healthier. Add the sweet & tangy vinaigrette with bacon and crispy onion straws, and it's a nice combination of color and textures.

The assembly is not quite as easy as picking up a salad from a restaurant or deli, but far simpler than making your own salad from scratch. You simply thaw the dressing packet while you microwave the chicken & veggie pouch. Put your lettuce (this you buy separately) in your bowl or plate, and add everything else on top.

While I can't say the final product knocked my socks off, it definitely wasn't bad. I added it to a portion of a mixed garden green bagged salad. Loved the color and textures of the veggies and onion straws, but overall, I felt the chicken to be lackluster. It tasted a bit bland and several pieces were spongy. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't buy it again without a coupon when I could buy an entire McDonald's salad for not that much more (and they're tastier--sorry Lean Cuisine).

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