Wendy’s sweetens its summer menu with strawberries

New Wendy's summer salad, photo provided by Wendy's
New Wendy's summer salad, photo provided by Wendy's /

While many people ran to get that first taste of the Strawberry Frosty, the Wendy’s summer menu is all about fresh, bright and sweet. Just like the local farm stand is overflowing with freshly picked strawberries, that juicy fruit is taking over Wendy’s menu. While the brand always focuses on fast food done right, it might have a new title for the summer, the Strawberry Queen.

Returning this summer is the seasonal Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad. Wendy’s appreciates that salads need to be part of a quick service restaurant menu. Given that each salad is made to order, guests know that the flavors will capture that peak of freshness.

As John Li, Vice President of Culinary Innovation for The Wendy’s Company described this salad as a “flavor explosion in every bite.” Li said, “As the only hamburger QSR (quick service restaurant) to offer craft salads, we know a thing or two about what fans look for in a salad, and the Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad delivers on our promise for fresh, real and flavorful salads.”

Having launched last year, the Seasonal Strawberry Chicken Salad combines mixed greens with grilled chicken, Italian cheese blend, candied almonds, the iconic Wendy’s bacon and sliced strawberries. Paired with a champagne vinaigrette dressing, it captures that idea of a craft salad. One bite can have all the flavors and textures. It is perfectly satisfying on a warm summer day.

Since Wendy’s always puts its customers first, the Seasonal Strawberry Chicken Salad can be customized. For example, why not add some spicy chicken or crispy chicken to the mix. That slight change can keep the flavor combinations fresh.

Although many people may want to have that Strawberry Frosty as a sweet treat after the salad, don’t forget to enjoy a beverage, too. Joining the menu is the new Sunburst Melon Lemonade. Truly summer in a cup, it combines several fruit flavors, melon, kiwi, strawberries, with that slightly tart and sweet lemonade. It is perfectly refreshing on a warm day.

Looking at the Wendy’s Summer Menu, it captures the qualities that have made the quick service restaurant brand a standout. Each menu addition is not about a copy and paste formula. It is about making food trends approachable while offering quality and value in every offering. Whether it is the bold Made to Crave choices, the lighter salads or the iconic Frosty, Wendy’s does and will continue to deliver on the pillars of fast food done right.

And, if all the strawberry sweetness wasn’t enticing enough to order the Wendy’s summer menu, guest can get a free small Fry with a salad purchase. The app offer is available now through July 3. By the way, salad and fries is a highly recommended pairing.

Hungry for the Wendy’s summer menu? It might have you singing strawberry fields forever.