So if you haven’t heard, McDonald’s has introduced a new side salad item. It’s just a plain ol’ garden salad. Nothing fancy, really, but it meets my dietary needs. It may not even be all that new, depending on the market that you’re in. I didn’t know about it, and were it not for the news story I just saw, I’d still be in the dark. But the newness of it is not even the pertinent part. The pertinent part is, McDonald’s executive management has advised associates to not recommend it to customers. It’s probably not a big deal, since I believe the typical McDonald’s customer probably isn’t thinking about a salad. But it seems to me that it would be great PR for the company. With the incidence of obesity and all the health complications that are associated with weight problems, McDonald’s could actually shine and become far more profitable if they offered more low-fat, healthier options on its menu.
Do you remember the Salad Shakers? Those are discontinued McDonald’s items, officially called McSalad Shakers. You could get a covered tumbler with either a Chef Salad, Garden Salad, or Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad. They were a big hit. This is going back many years (guess I’m dating myself. lol). Those were the good old McDonald’s days. They even had a low-fat hamburger, the McLean Deluxe. Another big hit discontinued. Most recently the Fruit and Walnut Salad was discontinued.
I suppose restaurants discontinue things all the time and probably it’s largely about supply and demand: give the people what they want. But there are other people out there who seek out better options. Most of the people in my little circle of friends and associates make conscious choices toward healthier meals. I’m certain there’s more of a widespread interest for people to eat healthier than it was when McDonald’s first introduced those healthy choices.
Maybe one day they’ll bring them back, or maybe they’ll come up with some even better ideas. I went to the McDonald’s Internet site to offer my two cents. But they don’t welcome suggestions. According to the corporate website, “It is our company’s policy not to consider unsolicited ideas from outside the McDonald’s system.” How sad, in my opinion.
I’ve written about various shenanigans at McDonald’s or regarding its management, from Changes at McDonald’s, to Should We Give Up McDonald’s, or Heroin Sold Inside McDonald’s Happy Meals. Since management won’t take correspondence or suggestions or recommendations from the public, then I’m going to continue to include my thoughts through blogging.
Select discontinued McDonald’s items