I don't know what Wendy's salad tastes like but this one is fantastic. I did make a few changes. Used 1/4c honey - no corn syrup, cider rather than white vinegar, olive oil, and water chestnuts for crunch since I didn't have rice noodles on hand. Delicious, princess buttercup.
So sad that Wendy's has stopped carrying this salad - I absolutely love it. Tried this copycat recipe and am happy as a clam with it ! I don't know who figured out the dressing ingredients, but my hat is off to them - great job !
This was great! Picked apart a whole roasted chicken, didn't know what rice noodles were so didn't add them. I did add mushrooms and bean sprouts. Thanks for a quick and easy dinner.
I just love the Oriental dressing from Wendy's! I didn't make the chicken salad, but served the dressing over leafy greens and carrots. It does taste just like Wendy's dressing. Excellent, thank you. Now I don't have to beg for extra dressings from Wendy's! ;)
I've never had Wendy's version to compare this to, but this recipe is OUTSTANDING. Whenever I make this salad, I prepare in separate containers and take one to my mother. She loves Wendy's but would never to go this much work to make it herself (nor would she have the "exotic" ingredients like sesame oil, rice vinegar, etc. - she's a meat & potatoes cook). Thanks for posting Princess.
I am SO excited to have found this recipe! The first time I tasted a Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salad, my taste buds were so happy! I was so surprise to have found this recipe here! May I ask, did you create this recipe yourself, or where did you find it? I can't wait to make it!
Wow! This tasted EXACTLY like the Wendy's Mandarin Chicken salad. The dressing was perfect. I didn't have iceberg or red leaf lettuce, so substituted Romaine with equal success.
Great salad and love the combinations of fruit, nuts and chicken. the dressing was very good but didn't emulsify like I thought it would. Have lots left so will make again soon.
This recipe was created by Todd Wilbur for his book entitled "The Best of Top Secret Recipes" (Penguin/Putnam 2003)