Apple pecan salad next to pecans, apple bites, and blue cheese on a cutting board
Apple pecan salad next to pecans, apple bites, and blue cheese on a cutting board
Nutrition & Health

Food I Love, at Wendy's

Learning how to navigate nutritional information, food allergens and sensitivities at Wendy’s.

 

Hearing the love our customers have for the items on our menu, like our hamburgers made with fresh, never frozen beef*, our craveable Spicy Chicken Sandwich, and the freshly chopped Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, keeps us coming back to work every single day. It’s safe to say, the love we have for making our food matches the love our biggest fans have for eating the food at Wendy’s.

 

However, we understand that while some menu items can be quickly devoured by one customer, another customer may have food allergy concerns, or may simply want to learn more about the ingredients, or read the nutrition facts, in their Wendy’s favorites. 

 

That’s why we’ve made it a priority to be as transparent as possible when it comes to listing ingredients, allergens and nutritional information on Wendy’s menu. It’s part of our brand promise to let our customers know exactly what’s in our food and how we bring these menu items to our customers. 

 

Read on for more information on Wendy’s approach to allergens, food sensitivities, and all the care we put into crafting food that keeps you, our big fans, coming back. 

 

*Fresh beef available in the contiguous U.S., Canada and Alaska.

 

Food I Love

 

FOOD ALLERGENS

We understand your trust in us to prepare your food is incredibly important, and even more important if you’re a customer with a food allergy. On our website, in our restaurants and on our app, we provide food allergen information because we want to make it easy for you to see items containing common food allergens. 

 

We also take pride in crafting your food when you order it, making our restaurants a destination for customization. When it’s time to start an order at Wendy’s, you can make modifications in advance on our website, or in our app, with the click of a few buttons. And when ordering at the counter or pick-up window, simply ask the crew member to hold a given ingredient.

 

Wendy’s identifies the major eight (8) food allergens as defined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on our US menu: Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat and Soybean.

 

Allergens

 

Wendy’s identifies the 12 priority food allergens as defined by Health Canada on our Canadian menu: Mustard, Sesame Seeds, Sulphites, Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat and Soybean. 

 

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When you arrive to the page using the hyperlinks above, select a menu category, then a product and then click the “Nutrition & Allergens” hyperlink. A new window will appear containing the product’s allergens, nutrition facts panel and ingredient list. 

 

We provide known instances of allergens; however, please understand that cross contact is possible due to common handling and preparation areas in our restaurants. We are unable to guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of allergens. Customers with allergies and sensitivities should exercise judgment when ordering. 

 

GLUTEN SENSITIVITIES

At Wendy’s, we don’t offer an official gluten-free menu. However, if you’re looking to avoid gluten-containing ingredients or are gluten-sensitive, we encourage you to visit the explore our food section of our website, or see our nutrition poster in restaurant, to review menu items that contain a wheat allergen. 

 

While we provide known instances of wheat allergens, please understand that instances of cross contact with gluten containing grains are possible due to common handling and preparation areas in our restaurants.

Wendy's Commitment to Quality Choices

We believe our customers deserve deliciously different, quality choices, whether it’s our famous 100 percent fresh, never frozen beef* patties, in-restaurant baked potatoes, all-white meat chicken nuggets, a classic Frosty®, or all the above at once, we don’t judge. 

 

At Wendy’s, it’s not only about offering craveable menu items at prices you love, but also using high-quality ingredients to do so. Our fruits and veggies are from our world-class suppliers who have the quality gardens, beautiful fields and efficient greenhouses; we say no to artificial ingredients, flavorings and preservatives whenever possible; and we use ingredients you’d find in your own fridge or pantry.

 

We’re self-proclaimed sticklers who continually review our menu to make improvements, and ask our suppliers to work with us on ways to further enhance our food. A few accomplishments include:

 

  • Serving all white meat chicken without preservatives and reducing sodium by 34 percent in our grilled chicken breast.
  • Introducing lower calorie Marzetti® Simply Dressed® salad dressings which do not contain preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial flavors
  • At Wendy’s, our food is made without artificial colors and flavors, and we use preservatives, only as needed, to protect against product spoilage.
  • Switching to a vegetable cooking oil that contains 0 grams of trans fats for Wendy’s Natural-Cut Fries
  • Removing all antibiotics important to human medicine during chicken production and sourcing 15 percent of our beef from a consortium of progressive beef producers who’ve committed to a 20 percent reduction of the only medically important antibiotic routinely fed to their cattle

 

Our food is delicious, and we work hard to provide menu items that you’ll enjoy and feel good about serving to your family and friends.

Featured Products

Click the below circles to learn more about the improvements we've made to these items on our menu.

Apple Pecan Salad
Fresh-Made Salads
Fresh-Made Salads

Wendy’s has always been committed to providing you with delicious and nourishing choices at our restaurants. Our culinary innovation team is continually on the lookout for flavor trends and new, exciting ingredient combinations.

 

You can taste this in our salad lineup where there are various flavors that satisfy unique cravings and, when served with chicken, are packed with 32 to 42 grams of protein.

 

And it goes without saying that you can count on your salads being prepared with care. Every day, crew members hand-chop fresh produce, like iceberg and romaine lettuce, then toss in spring mix to make our signature lettuce blend. We also freshly chop tomatoes, strawberries (when in season) and more to make each salad, fresh, every single day. Every salad entrée is served with either premium, all-white meat chicken breast, Spicy Chicken breast or our signature Chili.

 

We also feel options are important when it comes to the portion size of your salad. That’s why we offer a full-size, half-size and side salads so you can choose if you want to have a salad as a meal, snack or substitute for fries.

Marzetti Simply Dressed Dressing green logo
Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Salad Dressings
Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Salad Dressings

Salads as good as ours deserve a superior dressing, which is why Wendy’s has worked exclusively with Marzetti since the late 1980s. Our Culinary Innovation team partnered with Marzetti to bring our customers Marzetti Simply Dressed salad dressings which are made without preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial flavors. Just the good stuff. When it comes to the nutritional facts of our salads, we’ve done the math for you and include salad dressings and dry toppings in the complete salad nutritional information.

Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich on a marble surface.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Our Grilled Chicken Sandwich not only tastes great, but is a better-for-you option packed with 34 grams of protein at only 370 calories, 10g fat, 2g saturated fat, and 830mg of sodium. Our grilled chicken breast is also free of artificial flavors, MSG, preservatives and colors.

 

What’s more is that the Grilled Chicken Sandwich is prepared with care and grilled for caramelized flavor, it's topped with fresh ingredients like spring mix, fresh-cut tomatoes and a smoky honey mustard sauce.

Garden Side Salad, Apple bites and small Chili cup on a stainless steel surface
Side Choices
Side Choices

Wendy’s continues to revolutionize the way people think about combo meals by allowing you to choose from side items incorporating fruits, vegetables, and a good source of protein, like chili:

  • Caesar Side Salad
  • Garden Side Salad
  • Baked Potato
  • Small Chili
  • Apple Bites
  • Seasonal Fruit Cup
Wendy's Kids' Meal of Chicken Tenders, Apple Bites, and a glass of white milk.
Kids' Meal
Kids' Meal

At Wendy's, we continue to improve our Kids’ Meal offerings by serving up great-tasting, balanced meals that kids will love, and parents will feel good about serving - small victories!

 

Kiddos can choose from menu choices like a Kids’ Hamburger or Kids’ Chicken Wrap paired with apple bites or seasonal fruit in the summer months.

 

We also stock up on a variety beverage options, including 100 percent all-natural Honest Kids® juice, 1% white or chocolate milk and water.

 

In late 2014, we took the additional step of removing carbonated soft drinks from the Kids’ Meal listing on our menu boards.

 

When it comes to our milk, we source from cows that are not treated with rbST and make sure it doesn’t contain artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. We also choose to add natural sweetness from real sugar and cocoa to our chocolate milk and don’t use high fructose corn syrup.

Apple Pecan Salad
Fresh-Made Salads
Fresh-Made Salads

Wendy’s has always been committed to providing you with delicious and nourishing choices at our restaurants. Our culinary innovation team is continually on the lookout for flavor trends and new, exciting ingredient combinations.

 

You can taste this in our salad lineup where there are various flavors that satisfy unique cravings and, when served with chicken, are packed with 32 to 42 grams of protein.

 

And it goes without saying that you can count on your salads being prepared with care. Every day, crew members hand-chop fresh produce, like iceberg and romaine lettuce, then toss in spring mix to make our signature lettuce blend. We also freshly chop tomatoes, strawberries (when in season) and more to make each salad, fresh, every single day. Every salad entrée is served with either premium, all-white meat chicken breast, Spicy Chicken breast or our signature Chili.

 

We also feel options are important when it comes to the portion size of your salad. That’s why we offer a full-size, half-size and side salads so you can choose if you want to have a salad as a meal, snack or substitute for fries.

Marzetti Simply Dressed Dressing green logo
Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Salad Dressings
Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Salad Dressings

Salads as good as ours deserve a superior dressing, which is why Wendy’s has worked exclusively with Marzetti since the late 1980s. Our Culinary Innovation team partnered with Marzetti to bring our customers Marzetti Simply Dressed salad dressings which are made without preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial flavors. Just the good stuff. When it comes to the nutritional facts of our salads, we’ve done the math for you and include salad dressings and dry toppings in the complete salad nutritional information.

Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich on a marble surface.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Our Grilled Chicken Sandwich not only tastes great, but is a better-for-you option packed with 34 grams of protein at only 370 calories, 10g fat, 2g saturated fat, and 830mg of sodium. Our grilled chicken breast is also free of artificial flavors, MSG, preservatives and colors.

 

What’s more is that the Grilled Chicken Sandwich is prepared with care and grilled for caramelized flavor, it's topped with fresh ingredients like spring mix, fresh-cut tomatoes and a smoky honey mustard sauce.

Garden Side Salad, Apple bites and small Chili cup on a stainless steel surface
Side Choices
Side Choices

Wendy’s continues to revolutionize the way people think about combo meals by allowing you to choose from side items incorporating fruits, vegetables, and a good source of protein, like chili:

  • Caesar Side Salad
  • Garden Side Salad
  • Baked Potato
  • Small Chili
  • Apple Bites
  • Seasonal Fruit Cup
Wendy's Kids' Meal of Chicken Tenders, Apple Bites, and a glass of white milk.
Kids' Meal
Kids' Meal

At Wendy's, we continue to improve our Kids’ Meal offerings by serving up great-tasting, balanced meals that kids will love, and parents will feel good about serving - small victories!

 

Kiddos can choose from menu choices like a Kids’ Hamburger or Kids’ Chicken Wrap paired with apple bites or seasonal fruit in the summer months.

 

We also stock up on a variety beverage options, including 100 percent all-natural Honest Kids® juice, 1% white or chocolate milk and water.

 

In late 2014, we took the additional step of removing carbonated soft drinks from the Kids’ Meal listing on our menu boards.

 

When it comes to our milk, we source from cows that are not treated with rbST and make sure it doesn’t contain artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. We also choose to add natural sweetness from real sugar and cocoa to our chocolate milk and don’t use high fructose corn syrup.

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