Review: New made-to-order salads at Del Taco {and win a $25 Del Taco gift card!}



*Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal at Del Taco in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

My family and I dined at Del Taco this weekend to try their new salads, which are all under 600 calories. I'm a fan of Del Taco, as there's a location close to me that I sometimes frequent; usually I get the chicken or turkey tacos, so I had never tried any of the new salad dishes before.


The three new "ensaladas" choices include a Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad (590 calories), a Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad (510 calories), which is what my mom and I ordered, and the Signature Taco Salad (540 calories), which is what my dad chose for his meal. 

All of the salads come with tortilla chips, hand-sliced avocado, a lettuce blend, and a side dressing - the chicken salad and taco salad come with salsa casera, and the Chicken Bacon Avocado salad comes with a cilantro pepita ranch dressing. 

Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad

I am not a big salad-eater in general, but I overall liked this salad. I am a huge fan of pico de gallo, which was included on the top of the salad - it added a little bit of spice to the salad, too - and the tortilla chips were nice and salty, as well. My only complaint is that I wish the salad had more of a "dressing" versus the salsa - I enjoyed dipping my tortilla chips in the salsa, but I generally don't like salsa on salad.



My mom loved the black beans and avocado that came with her salad - she actually lucked out and got double the serving on both, since I gave her mine (I'm sometimes a picky eater, and not a fan of black beans or avocado). She liked her salad too, as did my dad, who got the taco salad (see below).

Taco salad with beef - turkey is an option as well

I was impressed when I found out that turkey was an option as well, for the taco salad - I love Del Taco's turkey tacos, so I might try the taco salad next time but with turkey.


Overall, I enjoyed my salad, and you get a decent-sized portion for the price, too; it's $5.49 for the salad alone, or $7.49 for a salad and drink combo ($6.99 if you choose the taco salad). 


Our meals would have been pretty healthy overall, but I had to introduce my parents to the deliciousness that is Del Taco's caramel cheesecake bites too - this was their first time eating at a Del Taco, and they had never had them before. (description of them from Del Taco's website: "Piping hot
bundles of sweet cheesecake and gooey caramel, enveloped in a light crispy shell" - not added: they're super tasty!)


For a limited time, you can also get a coupon for a free small drink with purchase of any of Del Taco's new salads, by going to www.deltaco.com/salads - thanks to Metro Detroit Mommy for the tip!

GIVEAWAY:

One of my lucky readers will win a $25 Del Taco gift card, so that you can try out its new salads and/or anything else on the menu you'd like!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, October 13th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified the next day via email, and will have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Must live within driving distance of a Del Taco location to enter this giveaway - click here to check locations.

Good luck!

Del Taco gift card

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