The pros: Trader Joe's Wine Country Chicken Salad has large chunks of chicken, cranberry, celery and walnuts with some poppy seeds sprinkled in for some subtle texture.
The cons: The balance in this product seems wrong. There was too much mayo and the chunks of cranberries were left in huge chunks.
The verdict: For $3.99 you are getting over 11 ounces of chicken salad. The chicken salad itself contains large chunks of moist chicken. So while I approve of the chicken, there are some other issues with this salad.
You'll also get large chunks of celery and a healthy sprinkling of poppy seeds. The poppy seeds are there for some subtle flavor and not so much texture. There was not much in the way of pecans. It was a struggle to find many in here.
And this product was probably about a quarter cranberry. While some cranberry was appreciated to add some acidity to this product, there was way too much of it. There was a lot of mayo, but the mayo also seemed sweet. The pecans were very small and hardly noticeable.
All in all, it had some good potential, but the execution just wasn't there. It needed more chicken, and pecans. It also needed less mayo and small pieces of cranberry. There is just a serious balance issue here. While I think the flavors work, the balance does therefore, I won't repurchase Trader Joe's Wine Country Chicken Salad.
The container with the nutritional information, the ingredients and allergy information:
When you open the container you get:
Would I buy this again? No. The balance here isn't what I like.
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