Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Five Spice Chicken Salad

Product name: Five spice chicken and Asian style rice noodle salad

Price: $4.49

Quick review: This was pretty good - a layer of rice noodles, cabbage, five spice seasoned chicken, a small container of peanuts, and a chopped salad of cucumber, carrots, red bell pepper, red onion, mint, and cilantro. Everything was very light and fresh, but on its own didn't have too much flavor or seasoning. I was expecting more flavor from the chicken because of the five spice, but I didn't really taste much of that. Once the chili lime dressing (which included rice vinegar, fish sauce, and jalapeños) was thoroughly mixed in though, the salad got so much better. The dressing had a decent amount of heat to it which I wasn't expecting but liked. Although it was 500 calories in total, it didn't feel all that filling in the end, but at least it tasted good.

Buy again? Maybe. I don't really buy many of the pre-made salads from Trader Joe's because they're on the more expensive side for a stay-at-home lunch (cheaper than going out though), but I would get this again if in the mood for a fresh salad without going out or doing the work for it.

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