The first time I had Chick-fil-A was when I was going to school in Pennsylvania. Since it was my first time, my friends decided to treat me so I ordered the nuggets with fries and their Polynesian sauce. After scarfing down the nuggets because they are the best fast food nuggets I’ve ever tasted, I looked at the box and read the words “Our hand-breaded, boneless breast of chicken is cooked in 100% refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat free and cholesterol-free”. Refined peanut oil… PEANUT oil! I started to panic. I thought, “oh my gosh, this is the end. I’m going to die from chicken nuggets!” I could feel my mouth getting itchy and my throat getting tighter. I was ready to call my mom to say goodbye.
But then I decided to spend the last few minutes of my life looking up if peanut oil actually has peanut allergens in it. I was relieved to find out that since the oil is 100% refined, it was perfectly safe for me to eat even though I have a peanut allergy. The itchiness in my mouth immediately went away, my throat opened up, and I continued eating my waffle fries.
When I moved back home to Connecticut, I was happy to find out that Chick-fil-A was opening a location in my hometown. So whenever I had a Chick-fil-A craving, I would just swing by. One of those times, I saw the Spicy Southwest Salad on the menu and I just HAD to get it! Let me tell you, I definitely do not get excited about salads, but this one had so much fun stuff in it, like the spicy grilled chicken, roasted corn, chili lime pepitas, and tortilla strips, that I just fell in love with it.
I started getting that salad allllll the time. It costs around $8 or $9 here so I was wasting A LOT of money on this salad until I got the great idea of just making it myself. And now here we are!
Here is my version of Chick-fil-A’s Spicy Southwest Salad with a Creamy Salsa Dressing!